Is it just me, or are shoe designers suddenly expecting us to lace up all kinds of shoes that shouldn’t really need to be tied? I think that it’s likely an offshoot of the menswear/oxford trend that’s all over shoes right now, but it seems that more and more shoes are getting laces of various materials and functions.
The Louis Vuitton Hug Me! Sandal is the French brand’s latest entry to the trend, and it’s at least moderately successful. The purple-and-brown color scheme is a bit bland because suede tends to mute almost any color, but the shades work nicely together anyway. What’s really bothering me, though, is the heel – why isn’t it taller?
The shoe has a bit of a platform, so I’m not sure why the heel only measures 3.5 inches in height – most luxury shoe buyers want heels higher than that. When combined with the prominent laces and suede, I think that the shoe comes off a bit too casual – if the heel was bumped up a bit (even if the platform was also made larger to compensate), the shoe would seem more special, and likely more high end. I’ve been a great fan of Vuitton’s shoes in the past, but I think this one misses the mark. Buy through Vuitton.com for $805.