Junko Shimada…Heels?

Manolo says, Here is more evidence for the Manolo’s proposition that we have reached the end of the fashion cycle, and that the designers have begun to grope for something different.

The shoes of the Junko Shimada have previously always had the strongly traditional shape and line, even if they have been colorful and girlish and sometimes kawaii. That the Junko would send these down the runway in the prêt-à-porter collection says much about the current state of the high fashion shoes.

17 Responses to “Junko Shimada…Heels?”

  1. Chloe March 4, 2007 at 2:55 pm #

    I love the fabric on the second pair of shoes – but owwweeee those look painful to wear!

  2. Sarah March 4, 2007 at 5:35 pm #

    Oh. My. Those are so ugly.

    Oh.

    And they’d be so beautiful with a normal heel . . . (well, except for the little birdies)

    What a shame.

  3. aimlessjoys March 4, 2007 at 6:00 pm #

    I wonder what a 5″ 8″ size 10/12 woman would look like in those shoes? Hahahaha! The physics “just don’t look right.” They could be as effective backwards as forwards. And what a moonwalk you could do in those!!

    I would probably want to go to Norm’s Yankee Woodshp with that second pair & run them through the surface planer a bit to trim off that supernumerary protrusion, then turn it around & make it a proper heel. I do love everything else about them except for the safety factor, which is always # 1 with me. lol, as they say.

  4. Melanie March 4, 2007 at 7:06 pm #

    I live in Japan, and have turned shoe watching into an obsession, and when I can, photographing them, those are nothing….

  5. wenz March 4, 2007 at 8:14 pm #

    The first pair just scream 1930s & 1940s Salvatore Ferragamo to me. The second is more derivative of them. aiyyy, the wenz wishes she had the feet to be wearing them herself. And that their were more books on the shoeses to add to her collection.

  6. Tiberia March 4, 2007 at 8:55 pm #

    From a fantasy art perspective they’re interesting. Wearing ‘em is another matter entirely.

  7. OceanSunfish March 4, 2007 at 9:57 pm #

    I saw a woman wearing tall shoes with those kinds of heels (if you can call them that) on the street once. It was 8th street in the afternoon, and I had absolutely never seen any kind of shoe like that before. Is there a name for these kinds of shoes?? Has anyone also seen them before on the street?

  8. JK March 4, 2007 at 10:56 pm #

    Those shoes definitely cannot be worn driving…women have actually died because their ridiculous heels have gotten in the way of the brake and gas pedals!

  9. Poulette March 5, 2007 at 7:56 am #

    Looks like a rip off of the United Nude Eamz (http://www.unitednude.com/united-nude.aspx) concept to me. Though -amazingly enough – the Eamz is super comfortable.

  10. Miss Berry March 5, 2007 at 11:15 am #

    I think it’s more of a rip-off of the extreme fetish shoes I’ve been seeing at dungeon play parties lately: (http://www.bootdungeon.com/catalog/femme_12_fetish_shoe_by_devious_3686928.htm) Though it looks like you can actually *walk* in the shoes above, which I have never seen anyone do in the fetish shoes. (Gracefully, at least.)

  11. pbird March 6, 2007 at 3:09 am #

    I don’t care. I like em! I’d have to wear them on my shoulders or something.

  12. litchee March 6, 2007 at 10:07 am #

    Oh God… I think they’re… gorgeous! o_o I didn’t think I’d be the one defending such grotesque, only-for-the-runway shoes, but amazingly enough, i find the idea brilliant, and the general look of the shoes, stunningly elegant. The originality of the heels associated to the round curves, the height, the retro peep-toe … magnifique!

  13. JayKay March 6, 2007 at 2:05 pm #

    Imagine twisting an ankle in those things! I can hear the bones snapping as I type!
    AY!

  14. abellaluccia March 6, 2007 at 7:25 pm #

    The ball of the feets, it screams “ayyyyyyyyyyy”!!!

  15. la petite chou chou March 7, 2007 at 12:08 am #

    They are interesting to look at but ultimately I find it hard to believe that any person could walk around in those for any length of time. Not only are they taller than comfortably possible, they look incredibly unstable.

  16. monica March 7, 2007 at 1:48 pm #

    celia cruz walked around in similar heels for years…and celia was awesome!

  17. M. September 6, 2007 at 8:04 pm #

    You ladies are nutso! Those heels are SSSSEXY! I’m looking at a black suede pair with solid black heel in the new Surface magazine and they are amazing! That’s why I’m here – looking for prices – which of course, they don’t list in the mag.

    LOVE