posted by: designer in Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Shoes on January 8th, 2011
I love it when a label surprises me. Like, Yves Saint Laurent: time tested, classic, extremely well known, top of the line. You always think you know what the label is going to produce and then boom! Huge surprise. When I hear “Yves Saint Laurent,” I think dressy, formal, strappy little heels and high brand, luxury shoes, you know what I mean? And then I see these darling Cuffed Wedge Ankle Boots ($1,150 at Barneys).
All right, all right. So at well over a thousand dollars, they’re not anything to sneeze at, but what I mean is that the style surprises me. Silly as it may be, it’s not something I expect from YSL – but the brand does the style well, as they do all styles well.
It’s definitely still cold enough out there to merit a warm, cozy pair of boots like this – they just happen to be a seriously luxurious pair of warm, cozy boots. First off, they beat out a lot of the competition because they’re made of suede. Second, you mostly see this style with a flat foot, but here you’ve got a wedge, one that’s a good 4 and 1/3 inches, or 110 millimeters. It’s a crepe wedge, actually, which will give you a bit more friction when the sidewalks are particularly icy. It’s a traction you’ll need, considering the added bonus of a pretty high platform.
I’m curious about what you think, though. Does a boot like this look good with a wedge? And what’s your opinion of how YSL tackled this style?