Mar 20, 2010

Alexander McQueen : All About The Shoes

If there’s one thing designer Alexander McQueen will be remembered for besides his fashion collections, it’s his shoes. Most notably, the Armadillo shoe, which McQueen says was inspired by “visions of a ballerina standing on pointe”. The 12-inch heels persuaded several seasoned models including Sasha Pivovarova and Natasha Poly to decline participation in McQueen’s runway show. Each pair of Armadillo shoes reportedly took 5 days to build. My vote is that we put these shoes on a pedestal and put them in a beautiful museum somewhere. They are truly works of art.

How about this boot with the major metal hardware from the Spring 2010 RTW show? Those heels could do some serious damage to my hardwood floors….

This white shoe looks like it was made out of skeleton bones with the spine wrapped around the heel. While this shoe might not be for everyone, I can definitely see why this shoe would appeal to a fashion risk taker. I like this shoe best in black. 

I love these playful pumps from Fall 2009! The ruffle effect is interesting and provocative and the ankle strap was right on trend for the season.

This platform shoe almost appears to be melting into the floor. It’s quite an optical illusion and provides the wearer with some serious height. The Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland would have loved these shoes…

One of my personal favorites from McQueen came from the Spring 2009 RTW collection which featured a basic pump with toe imprints. Check out the white stitch detail.

For those that prefer something a little bit more over the top, I suggest these embellished boots with the Lucite heel (also from Spring 09). The peep toe detail is so hot!

I love these slate gray lace up pumps from the Spring ‘08 RTW show. They’re futuristic and yet completely “now”.  I'm a sucker for hardware on shoes so I'm loving the silver eyelets and skinny heels. 

Inspired by the Japanese Geisha, these shoes are more like stilts than stilettos and yet still designed to provide the wearer with optimum balance through the design. I’m not sure the ankle ties would be enough to keep these massive shoes on my feet for a night out- but they are beautiful to look at none the less.

Flowers were in full bloom at the Spring 07 RTW show as depicted in these beautiful heels. I’d love these for a wedding or a garden party….the hopeless romantic in me is completely drawn to these shoes.

These gladiator style boots from Spring 2006 remind me of Wonder Woman. I love how they seem to slither up the model’s leg but I find myself wondering what kind of tan lines you would end up with if you wore these in the sunshine for too long.

I'm a sucker for reptile skin so when I saw these shoes from the Spring 08 RTW show I died and went to heaven. I would wear these shoes with a dress, or denim, or even a business suit if I had such an occasion. And hello multiple colorways! 

We will miss your creative designs and playful spirit Alexander McQueen. 


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