Five reasons to just go barefoot…

February 24, 2010

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Shoppers, what’s the best way to save money on shoes? By not even being tempted to buy any.

shoes worst minnie 160Here are five examples of footwear from major fashion shows in the past month. I think most folks would rather wear flip-flops.

I mean, top left, I’m pretty sure this one is inspired by the “Mad Max” movie wardrobe, and it’s only going to appeal to chicks who get invited to parties in unheated caves.

Next to that is what might be a nice shoe if it weren’t enveloped by clear plastic that was intended to carry goldfish home from the pet shop.

Lower left, guys, if you’re like me, you’re always saying, “I wish my freaking shoes fastened just like the manila envelopes at the office!” Well, be careful what you wish for.

HONGKONGThat brings us to the black ones, inspired by the Minnie Mouse school of shoe design.

I’ll be honest. I’ve never  seen shoes before where you could look at a woman’s feet and not even know which way she’s facing, and I’m not ready for the social situations that could result from such confusion.

Finally, we have these boots. I’m not making this up, they are named “Military China” – two words that are synonymous with haute couture.

They take three and a half hours to lace up, and are quite comfortable as long as you don’t plan to bend your knees for any reason.

Notice they even have a special compartment for your lipstick, because Lord knows, a woman wearing “Military China” boots up to her waist had better have some other dramatic way of tarting herself up.

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Combo top left: Model  presents a creation from the Alexandre Herchcovitch Fall 2010 collection during New York Fashion Week, February 17, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Combo top right: A model presents a creation during the Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2010 fashion show at New York Fashion Week, February 18, 2010.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Combo bottom left: Model displays “Confidential”, designed by Cheng Hoi-hay, from the Men’s Shoes category of the Hong Kong Footwear Design Competition as part of the Hong Kong Fashion Week January 19, 2010. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Combo bottom right: Model presents creation from the Aminaka Wilmont 2010 Autumn/Winter collection during London Fashion Week, February 19, 2010. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Right: Minnie Mouse

Boots: Model displays “Military China”, designed by Koleman Chan, from the Ladies Boots category of the Hong Kong Footwear Design Competition as part of the Hong Kong Fashion Week January 19, 2010. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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Go ahead Shra, do your thing…

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Basler…. when you said you were posting pics of shoes… I had hope…. you took that away from me today…. :(
Just for once in your spoiled life, cant you give me a good shoe blog???

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Wow. What did you pay him Shra? I want to know, so maybe I can pay him more to post a boob shot with no white band on it.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

I paid him by showing up everyday on OE…. though I must say….. does Military China come in my size? :P

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I can’t understand why women wear shoes that make them incapable of running away, especially ugly shoes that make them incapable of running away. Number 4 could double as a hooves for the bambi creatures though.

Posted by knit_nurse | Report as abusive

I loved the plastic shoe :D

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Shra … abandon all hope ye who enter here (bwaahaha!).

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

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Be careful what you wish for…

Posted by IamNotSomebody | Report as abusive

And people think Crocs are bad, eesh.

Posted by kgolden1 | Report as abusive

I think that compartment is actually a small holster for a fashionable ladies revolver. It is called ‘Military’ China after all.

Posted by Ampo | Report as abusive

I can’t comment on this blog, so frustrating.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Now if ‘Military China’ only came in PVC…

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

…It would look like half of the shoes in those catalogs the mailman keeps bringing me!

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

So if the model’s holding the shoe, what’s she wearing? It couldn’t be just one with those heels…

Posted by Db8r | Report as abusive

… Look at the “minnie mouse shoe” model’s ankles! Are you sure these are designed for humans?

Posted by Db8r | Report as abusive

iflydaplanes … I feel your pain, no helicopters.

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

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Speaking as someone who gets invited to parties in unheated caves, I don’t like the first ones. The Military China though would be awesome if they had a lower heel. And surely that’s a spare mag pouch to go with a matching thigh rig holster ?

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

69Spinster, I had an overdose yesterday…. and was so zonked out that I dont remember if I was curling into a foetal position or not…. and its all your doing, Bob Basler!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

In case you’re NOT licensed to carry concealed, you could use the plastic shoes. Just don’t squish your new goldfish!

Posted by sarabelle | Report as abusive

Ah, CrowGirl, you weren’t supposed to tell everyone I invited you to a party…

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

Thanks justCAM, I am glad I am not the only one.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

I am beginning to think Military China is made only for tall women… and not for ones like moi… :(

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

For benefit of those who haven’t met her, Shra is a midget. Well, I guess they call them little people now….

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Yeah Basler… I am a midget to your 3’2″… even though I stand a good 2 feet taller than you…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

But if you had legs that were that long and that skinny you’d look like some kind of out of proportion freak, like, well, a catwalk model….

Posted by knit_nurse | Report as abusive

Unc, I mean I think she has a thigh rig holster above the boots, and that one on the boot is for the spare mag. but even so it woulsn’t be a great fit I guess. Eh, maybe she has a shotgun and stashes a spare cartridge in the boot ?

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Why thank you…

And Dave, sorry !

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