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Jeffrey Campbell: Would You, Could You? | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Jeffrey Campbell: Would You, Could You?

If anybody has mastered the perfect Summer shoe it is Jeffery Campbell. With bold designs and inspiring shapes, I can’t even glance at his collection without wiping the drool from my chin. While compiling my Summer must-haves list, I stumbled upon these bold little ditties:

jeffrey campbell salvatore
A bit loud and extremely eye catching, I think these Jeffrey Campbell Salvatore Wedges are perfect for adding color to the gray scaled mundanity of everyday life. These wedges are a wonderful homage to honor the late great Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo (specifically his 1937 wedges, worn by Carmen Miranda, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn), whose lovely designs can be seen here. With each step you take it’s like you’re punching the day in the face with a rainbow. Available in nude and silver, these wedges are so bright and lovely, it is as if they were dyed using the blood of a unicorn. I love them, I’d wear them. Would you?

But even if you would, that doesn’t always mean you could (e.g. me running a marathon or Jennifer Garner making a good movie). This concept is also perfectly illustrated by these interestingly gorgeous Jeffrey Campbell Benched Cut Out Platforms:

Jeffrey Campbell benched cut out
Jeffrey Campbell really wins the prize for beautiful originality with these. To me they look like a pair of Picasso constructed high end rocking horses that you wear on your tootsies, but in the best way! There’s no doubt that these shoes are interesting and exciting…but are they wearable? Arch support is nearly entirely eliminated, and I fear the worst when it comes to issues of rubbing your soles the wrong way. Then again…the beautiful earth tones, the sleek vintage style with an overdose of originality, they seem like they would go with anything and everything and can’t help but want them! I just don’t know if I could actually wear them. Could you?

7 Responses to “Jeffrey Campbell: Would You, Could You?”

  1. Jezebella March 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    first pair: I might, if I could, if the actual shoe top weren’t so boring. I mean, the shoe looks like a generic dance shoe. Boring. The platform is pretty and fun. There are not nearly enough stripedy brightly colored shoes in the world.

    second pair: those are practically fetish shoes and completely unwearable. Would not, could not, in a house, with a mouse, in a box, with a fox, no ma’am, no way. That is a horrible, cruel thing to ask a woman to wear, not even a model walking 50′ down a runway for thousands of dollars. They totally defeat the purpose of shoes.

  2. sneakerdigga March 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Wow, havent seen something like this before! How can you possible walk in these? Me wearing sneakers all day can´t imaginge how you women can kick these?

  3. Charlotte Allen March 29, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    My vote: Wouldn’t be caught dead in either pair.

  4. wildflower March 29, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    I’m with Charlotte! The top part of the first one is okay if bland, but the platform is hideous. The second one *could* be acceptable if it were purely to admire and not wear, but it doesn’t even fit that bill because I don’t think it’s pretty!

    I can just imagine the zappos customer feedback thingie: Arch support: NONE!

  5. ChaChaheels March 30, 2011 at 6:06 am #

    The real problem with the first pair is that there is a visual homage–but that shoe upper is just so boring. Ferragamo used gold leather, which worked with the bright sole. This beige just looks sad.

    As for the sole-less shoe, it’s great in a museum, but it would really hurt someone. And the colours are also boring.

  6. g-dog March 30, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    1st pair – hideous – looks like a 90 yr old and a 3 yr old had to compromise to make a pair of shoes (OK – I’ll make the top & you make the bottom).
    2nd pair has a beauty about it – but since I can’t stand a wrinkle or seam in a sock – seems doubtful that it is wearable – if it is, it is a stunning statement.

  7. Anna @ShoeHunting March 30, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    1st pair reminds me of Play-Doh, so no. 2nd pair is fun, but looks really painful! I appreciate the style aesthetic of Jeffrey Campbell, but I’d have to pass on actually wearing both of these.