Chloe Suede-Trim Acetate Pumps, $695 via Net-a-Porter
YEAH I SAID IT. Plastic shoes. Judge me if you must.
I also like those (probably played out at this point) lucite ghost chairs. I like things that perform a function while not taking up much visual space! And if that means I occasionally like a pair of plastic shoes like the Chloe Suede Trimmed Acetate Pumps, then that’s what it means. So be it.
I only wish that there were some way to make leather completely transparent so that it might be used in shoes like these instead of a synthetic material that is sure to make your feet sweat and cut into your skin, and I hope that some shoe designer out there is getting on that as we speak. In the meantime, synthetic will have to do, and these shoes feature it in a way that’s probably the best I’ve ever seen it used.
A clear acetate body with a lucite heel is normally a recipe for a stripper shoe, and I’ve always been partial to designers who take those elements and manage to recombine them in a less sexual, more intelligent way. The black buckle and suede toe are just enough of a visual reminder that you are indeed wearing a real pair of shoes, not to mention that the toe mostly covers whatever unsightly things happen to your little piglets when stuffed into a pump. And if people say that a shoe that matches your skin color elongates your leg, just imagine what a transparent one would do. If you don’t believe me, click through to Net-a-Porter and take a look at the modeling photo. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $695.