I totally agree, the picture at the start of this thread is hideous, but why all the negative reaction to vinyl shoes in general? I've got several pairs of vinyl pumps and mules which look amazing, I wear them all the time. Just not to work- wouldn't want anyone to think I'm "working" with these 5 inch heeled black vinyl pumps... (ahem) As long as you wear stockings, the plastic shouldn't hurt your feet. My favorite pair of rain boots are knee-high laced, side zip, and have a great dark gray vinyl sheen, I get compliments on them all the time!
(singing in the rain)