posted by: jitterbugbaby in General on April 22nd, 2008
Shoesense’s appreciation for the androgynous in shoe design is well documented. Manolo has offered suggestions for “soft butch” shoes for the indeterminately-gendered.
And I, too, am a sucker for a shoe that’ll fit my lady-size feet, but give me a bit of a masculine kick.
That’s why I’m lamenting the fact this particular Japanese shoe trend is apparently only out there for men.
I’m not even sure how to characterize the trend, but I saw it a few times during my travels around that country. Here, I’ll just show you the kind of shoes I’m talking about.
That second pair, especially, I am in total lust over. They’re sort of one part oxford and one part Harry Potter. And all parts covetable. Someone find me a pair in my size in the USA!
Or I suppose you could just offer them sized the way I saw some lower-end Japanese shoes sized: S-M-L. It’s true. Unbelievable though it may seem, you can buy shoes in Small, Medium, and Large. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself.
Yes, that’s an “L” on the bottom of that boot (and upside down in this view). Maybe this explains why I saw so many women wearing shoes that were much too big for them with their heels slipping up on every step.