See, this is the type of thing that I get worried about when trends like hidden-wedge sneakers get really popular. Hidden heels are exactly the kind of element that some well-intentioned designer will likely re-appropriate to disastrous effect, and that’s exactly what we’ve got with the Giuseppe Zanotti Hidden Heel Cowboy Boots: a disaster.
It’s not hard to see what’s happened here. Instead of just make a version of a cowboy boot with a high, chunky heel, Zanotti has dropped the upper down to an inch above the ground, but left the heel the exact same height as it would have been. That shape loosely mimics what a cowboy boot would look like without an enormous heel, but it’s a poor imitation of the shape at best. The reason that a hidden wedge hides so well within sneakers is that they’re inherently plush, which gives the wedge some cushion around it to pad out the shoe into a shape that’s very similar to what it would have looked like with a flat sole. A cowboy boot, unfortunately, has no such room for error.
And that are oh so many errors here, not least of which is the giant star stuck to the side of the shoe. Zanotti tends toward over-the-top embellishment, of course, but the star seems to almost belabor the point that the shoe is, indeed, based on a cowboy boot. We get it. No need to shout.
Am I wrong? Let me know in the comments and pick up a pair of these shoes (they come in three colors) for $1,250 via Luisa Via Roma.