If you can’t Put Your Shoes on right, you don’t Deserve to Wear them
Remember the time you went out to grab the Sunday paper and found yourself stepping onto — rather into — a pair of shoes because you can’t be bothered to properly put them on?
Well, don’t beat yourself up for this sartorial sin. At least you’re not spending big bucks to look like you just bent your shoes out of shape.
The retail site Moda Operandi reports that the stepped-on heel is one of its best-selling shapes this season.
“The shoes are versatile,” says Lisa Ruffle, designer-shoe buyer at Moda Operandi, who recommends wearing these hoofers with relaxed jeans and a blazer. “There is an instant cool factor when worn backless, and still a sense of polish when worn as a true loafer.”
Rachelle Bergstein, author of “Women From the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us,” compares these loafers to Golden Goose’s $600 duct-tape tennis shoes or Dolce & Gabbana’s “Thin and Gorgeous” sneakers, which evoke the way a bored high-schooler would scribble on her shoes during class.
“Right now, there seems to be an impulse to create the appearance of authenticity while circumventing the buyer’s role in the process,” Bergstein says.
Like most eye-rolling trends nowadays — ehem, fur-lined mules — it started about a year ago with Gucci, which began offering its classic loafer with a collapsible back.
“It’s kind of dumb,” says Tiffany Yannetta, shopping director at retail Web site Racked, adding that a friend of hers who ordered the Gucci shoes won’t even fold the backs down for fear of ruining the leather. “Even with the best leather, it seems impossible to avoid creasing — not to mention the blisters you will get.
“Honestly, I just think a loafer-mule hybrid is not the two-in-one [item] we need right now.”