There are so many things that Lanvin managed to get right with the Lanvin Python and Mongolian Fur Pumps that it’s difficult for me to say that the shoe as a whole doesn’t work, but those are the facts of the situation. The design was humming along quite nicely on the right path, but then it hit a furry, frizzy wall from which I’m afraid it will not recover.

The stuff stuck on the back of this beautiful, sculptural pair of shoes looks a lot like my hair does on a humid August day when I haven’t bothered to put any product in it, let alone brush it or flat iron it. As I’m sure you can imagine, that’s not a good look on my head or on this shoe. I’m overwhelmed with the urge to introduce it to the products of Frederic Fekkai, but that would likely have a detrimental effect on the python.

My guess is that Lanvin used the fur as a winter-appropriate alternative to the feathers that brands like Valentino and Christian Louboutin have used in the past to adorn the backs of their shoes. In theory the idea works really well, but this is not the specific type of fur I would have chosen. It resembles human hair too much, and that’s just a tad creepy. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1990.

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  • BLynnT

    That is hideous!

  • Laureen

    It’s too bad; without the fur I think it could have been a really interesting shoe.

    • Amanda Mull

      Same here – I love the architecture of the heel and how the metal contrasts with the python, but then…HAIR.

    • mochababe73

      I don’t think that my ankles need hair extensions.

  • 19yearslater

    Yeah, it looks like human hair, when wearing these shoes it would look like someone had never, ever shaved their ankles.

  • miko

    oh honey no. :(

  • jo

    what a waste of what wouldve been a prefect pair of python heels!

  • Cate

    This shoe looks like Cher on a bad day. Which is so unfortunate, because Lanvin makes some really nice shoes, and it appears to me that, underneath that fuzzy top, everything else about the shoe is right.

  • meme

    My immediate thought went to pubic hair.

    Just to see if it was only me, I showed it to my boyfriend without mentioning that
    His exact words were “hairy bush.”

    I think we have a verdict here.

  • Nee

    on the floor dying with laughter! I thought someone had dropped a bad extension on the shoe…. why would anyone do that to a shoe?? This shoe is a classic example of why non-fashionistas think that designers hate women:(

  • Steff

    Poor shoe!

  • Rashida

    That is hideous I’m sorry!

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