Sometimes runway shoes translate well to real life and sometimes they don’t, but I’ve got high hopes for the python iteration of the Prada Mary Jane Boots, which were some of the most talked-about shoes of the Fall 2011 shoes and just arrived for pre-order via NeimanMarcus.com this week. The stretch suede version looks more like flesh and is therefore a little creepier, but I suppose I’m not necessarily opposed to a trip to the uncanny valley at the behest of Miuccia.
It’s the python versions of this design that really have my love, though, because they still accomplish the mission of creating a boot that looks like a leg wearing a Mary Jane without actually mimicking a leg too closely, which is what makes the stretch-suede boot look creepy. Plus, the texture and natural pattern of a python are not often found on footwear, but the added visual effect is wonderful. I hope I spot at least one person wearing these boots on the street this fall. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $2400 or $1500, respectively.