In the not-so-distant past, Isabel Marant Bekket Sneaker Wedges (and their sister shoes of varying visages) were ungettable objects of desire for everyone from industry insiders to everyday fashion fans. They were like nothing else on the market at that moment, and Marant always imbues everything she does with her signature Parisian-cool style that makes it irresistible to a certain subset of stylish women. Two years after their debut, though, she’s having some second thoughts.
As you might guess, Marant’s new ambivalence to the sneaker wedges that she popularized comes mostly as a result to market saturation of bad imitations that have infiltrated seemingly every shoe line from Prada to Steve Madden. In fashion, ubiquity breeds contempt, and Marant told Women’s Wear Daily that she feels like the imitators cheapen hers. “I don’t wear them as often as I [used to] because I see too [many bad copies] in the street,” she said. Marant doesn’t feel entirely negative, though, saying, “They still have something special, even though there are a lot of copies, and the bad copies are super-ugly.”
I’ve never been on the sneaker wedge bandwagon and I’m glad to see the trend coming to a close, but Marant has a point – hers were far and away the most attractive of the bunch, and although the rush of knockoffs have probably helped hers reach wider acclaim, they’ve also brought about more ire than the shoes probably would have generated by themselves during the downward slope of their trend. Are you still into sneaker wedges, or are you glad to see them go? If you bought Marants during their heyday, do you still wear them?
If you’re just now coming around on them, they can be had for $695 via Net-a-Porter in several colors.