Déjà Vu: Clunky Shoe X 2

Maison Martin Margiela constantly pushes the limits of wearable footwear.

This season, the House that Martin built came up with an innovative pair of pumps.

This pair has a criss-cross ankle strap, but in other versions of the shoe, the only thing holding your foot inside is a thin, nude-coloured strap of leather.

It’s the illusion of a shoe that won’t stay on.

Margiela SS11 Criss-Cross Pump on exshoesme.com
The criss-cross pump at Margiela’s SS11 show.

However, it was no illusion when I saw a similar shoe at Philip Lim’s SS11 show.

Philip Lim SS11 Criss-Cross Pump on exshoesme.com
Criss-crossed lines at Philip Lim, SS11.

That exaggerated side cover of Lim’s shoe also reminds me of last season’s Margiela pumps – a boo-boo the band-aid cannot completely cover.

Margiela FW10 Pumps on exshoesme.com
Margiela pumps, FW10.

Images: top two from Vogue.com, last from Another Mag.

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