Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Spring 2008 Most Wanted? Antonio Berardi Heelless Shoes


Glam Girl Belle (who is a sweetheart and a half) emailed me just a few moments ago with this Antonio Berardi heel-less wonder. Berardi designed these Cleopatra creations for his SS08 fashion show. They come in black silver snake, have a 5.5" non-heel, and are not for the faint of heart. Even the spokespeople admit that the shoes are not comfortable enough to wear for long, but let's face it... if you put these on, you wouldn't get the opportunity to wear them long :P

Victoria Beckham (surprise, surprise), Uma Thurman, and Gwyneth Paltrow are among the celebrities who've all ordered pairs, and the pre-order wait list has been jammed solid for nearly two months. They retail for $3,500. Well, they sure beat the grotesque SS08 Marc Jacobs monstrosities, but still, I dunno. The concept is cool, but I don't actually have any desire to possess them — and with my shoe appetite, that's saying something. What do you think? Want'em?

Photo: ElvisDuran.com

19 comments:

K.Line said...

How on earth do these work? Can't say I like them in the least, though they certainly are a showstopper. K

Ginevra M. said...

Frankly, they scare me to death. How do you walk without a heel? Do you just use the balls of your feet to propel yourself forward? *shudder*

G.G. said...

Well, actually, the sole is hard as a ROCK! Like REALLY super hard. It doesn't really feel that different from walking with a really rickety pair of spiked heels. You just focus your weight more as if you were walking on tippytoes. Not comfortable in the long run, and your arches certainly get tired. I guess they'd be cool for the effect, but I'm sorry -- for $3.5K, I want comfort too.

Lydia said...

Uh...for that amount of $$$ I would rather have SEVERAL pairs of other shoes!!

G.G. said...

Lyd has an excellent point. If we did some grand bargain hunting, that could mean 40 pairs of shoes! Which of course would lead to more shoeboxes, more shoeshelves, a bigger closet, a bigger house... yes, I think it's a brilliant plan! Whee! :D
Lyd, if Glam Boy sends you a chastising letter, you've only yourself to blame :P

Miss Halfway said...

I realize they are probably constructed so you have good balance, but when I look at them I get this image of myself wearing them and falling over... I defeat the odds hahaha.

I think they stand out, but.. No. Just no. And I think my feet are happy with my answer.

chrissie said...

I agree with everyone else. Cool, yes. Unique, yes. Would I ever wear them? Only if I got them for free.

Shopaholic D said...

i can appreciate their style, but not for me...especially, like the others said, at that price. i'll pass this on to a friend, though...she's been looking for some shoes this style.

:) D

Umsy said...

The first thought that comes to mind is" are they comfy?" They look fab, but i wonder how good it"ll be for the back.....

Elisabeth said...

They are gorgeous to behold.... but like many, I have to ask ... how the heck do you even take one step in them!?

Lydia said...

I'd like to see a video clip of somone walking in them. Were they worn on a runway somewhere??
And I don't need any more chastising from a man about shoes....I hear enough of it from my husband!! He constantly complains about how many pairs I have -and how much space they take up...in MY closet!

Liv Taylor said...

Hmm. Eww. They're not pretty.

inflammatory writ said...

I love shoes more than anything, but that's where I draw the line.

Valley Girl said...

Woah. I would kill myself for sure.

G.G. said...

I would pay good money to see them make the girls from "America's Next Top Model" strut down the runway in these. That would be fab! LOL

miss dish said...

I like the concept... but can you imagine wearing them?! you would be tottering along holding your self up on fences/lamp-posts/pedestrians... I can just hear the sound of snapping ankles now....

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Anonymous said...

just look at the (models) leg thats wearing those shoes, does that look like a leg thats comfortable? I would for my part never strap on a pair of those, my feet feel bad enough after a night in regular stilettos

Anonymous said...

Actually, these would not be so difficult to walk in.. If you look closely, the whole foot is supported right up past the arch.. So it really is only the heel that is left exposed. Due to the weight of the platform, the foot is forced forward and down, therefore leaving no possibility of falling backwards. And for those frequent stiletto wearer's (like myself) this would be a lot easier than trying to balance on a pencil thin heel. Bravo Mr Berardi, now all I need to do is put my name down on that waiting list!