Designer Saddle Shoes: Haute or Not?

June 13, 2007 by SheFindsTara
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From a Reader: Has anyone else been on Style.com and seen the saddle shoe looking stilettos by Gucci and Miu Miu? Is this the new thing? I remember when saddle shoes were for church and/or nerds. Someone, please lend me some insight. Is this a real trend, and how should I feel about it?

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Answer: While the mercury may be creeping to an unbearable high in some parts of the country, it’s never too soon to start talking about fall fashion.

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Back in the ’50s, saddle shoes were a mainstay, and as we all know, fashion loves to recycle, reinvent and revive. So is it new? No. Is it worthy of Fall ’07? Totally. It’s a more elegant take on a fall shoe than the beloved bootie, it’s clad with a menacingly high heel (what pair would be whole without a little platform?), and its splash of vintage cool makes them more hip than conservative.

Seeing all the lovely Mary Janes on shelves this season, it’s possible that the haute saddle shoe is just steps away from becoming hugely popular. We’ve already seen two designer styles on the shelves this season, one being these Christian Louboutin Lace Up Oxford, which are actually quite nice, and the other, the Fendi Platform Lace Ups.

The difficulty with this potential trend comes in the execution, though. They would be perfect work, but with that 4-inch heel, they lose all practicality. Then again, the tall heel makes them fun for the weekend, but the stuffy librarian look is hard to avoid unless you get modern and chic from the ankles up.

Readers: what do you think? Are these new saddle shoes set to become all the rage like they were back in the jiving ’50s? Or are they so not sexy you wouldn’t dare touch them with a 10-foot pole? Tell us your thoughts!

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