Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Tough Love

Sam Edelman Studded Embellished Lorissa Peeptoes

Sam Edelman Studded Embellished Lorissa Peeptoes

I am woman! Hear me roar!

Do you think I would command some attention in the office wearing these?  Talk about showing you mean business - this is a whole new angle on the office sharp dress code.  Nothing like a bit of serious body armour to survive in the concrete jungle.  Although you might actually do some grievous bodily harm kicking ass in the boardroom with these!

The spike and gem embellishment makes these shoes seriously heavy and I swear they need to come with a health warning. (Like keep out of reach of children? Keep your personal distance from other people or you risk lacerating them?)  Not for the fashion faint hearted.  Nevertheless I am in luurrrve!

I was dying to see what these shoes looked like when I ordered them online and I was gutted to try them on and find out that they are actually too small.  So this pair by Sam Edelman are going back.  Adieu.  Parting is such sweet sorrow.  Thankfully ASOS still has them in the next size up!

Spiked shoes have been on my mind since pictures of the Louise Goldin collaboration with Topshop were released earlier this year.  There was some accusations that they were copying the spiked designs Christian Louboutin produced for Rodarte.  I am now more at peace with this concept.  Perhaps Louboutin set the trend and the fashion industry followed (see previous post), which means, fortunately for me, that spikes on shoes will still be in the collective fashion designer consciousness for a while.

The Louise Goldin courts for Topshop were originally meant to look like this:

Louise Goldin for Topshop Shoes

Louise Goldin for Topshop Shoes

Louise Goldin for Topshop Shoes

But ended up looking more like this:

Louise Goldin for Topshop Shoes
Image from Topshop
That is to say, a little lacklustre against the original prototypes which were so densely embellished that they gave me the impression the shoes were morphing into spiky alien creatures.  I am sure the issue was just cost but I felt the sparser use of studs and spikes on the actual models that went on sale (pictured above) looked like a bit of an afterthought.

Well this season Sam Edelman managed to convince me (and Grit and Glamour too!) with the densely embellished Lorissa heels.  The combination of the teardrop gems and girly peeptoe with the spikes adds some contrasting femininity to the fierce.

Black Lorissa Studded Embellished Peeptoe by Sam Edelman


  1. Thanks for the shout, babe! I agree. Was sooo excited when the Louise Goldin courts for Topshop were being teased, then so nonplussed at the watered down versions that made the store.

    Oh well...Sam it is!

    ♥ V


  2. Why can't I have all of them :(
    Anyway I loved your 'conspicuous
    consumption' post so much that i've
    popped you in week ones finest in the
    sidebar. Check yourself out.

  3. I saw those on Solestruck but unfort. I just don't have the green stuff right now cuz I got the Litas. Sad times! :(

  4. I'm positively salivating over those beauties! I think I'd be tempted to order them just so that i could stroke them for a while. I'm so clumsy I'd end up piercing my ankles with those but a girl can dream. xxx

  5. Now those are my kind of shoes! I love them. x

  6. i tried the sam edelman's on at nordstrom! really fabulous, so excited you got them!

    loved the original goldin's - whatta disappointment that they ended up being so underwhelming!

  7. OMG!!!! I Love these shoes!!! They are amazingggg! Plus, I love the quote you have about too many clothes! Its perfect :)
    Thanks for stoping by and checking out my blog!


    xo Ryley

  8. Ohmygosh, I die! These are so gorgeous. *drool* ;)

  9. OMG! I want the first shoes!

    I like your blog - yes, let`s exchange links! I`m listing you in my Blogroll.

    Best, Jenny


  10. Goldin is just a tad amazing


  11. LOL! I wish I'd seen this post sooner. I too bought some spiked shoes and did a post, only mine are flats, the heels were just a bit much for me. I bet you got some attention at the office!


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