As aesthetics go, punk rock is among the easiest to identify. Punks love things that are extreme, industrial, dark and a little bit dirty – studs, safety pins, black leather, excess hardware, heavy boots, aggressive heel heights. Saint Laurent has been heavily mining that look since Hedi Slimane joined the brand several seasons ago, and now the Saint Laurent Studded Pumps are trying to make punk work on a conservative shoe, with somewhat mixed results.
Shoes have been the highlight of Saint Laurent’s accessories business since Slimane took over, with rocker must-haves like stiletto pumps and chelsea booties dotting the lineup. All of those shoes have sold incredibly well because the shoes’ structure and their look matched up, which is in stark contrast to the studded, strappy take on the kitten heel that you see above. Kitten heels are an inherently conservative look, especially with a closed toe; they’re functional and demure, two words that you’d never use to describe anything remotely punk.
Slimane’s really bought into this aesthetic, though – kitten heels were all over his Spring 2014 runway, and now they’ve arrived in stores. Do you think they work as a punk wardrobe staple, or should Slimane stick to stilettos and boots? Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1,295.