Shoe Style on Trial: Emanuel Ungaro branch sandals

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All day we’ve been veering wildly between thinking these are fabulous and thinking they’re … just a bit strange, really… and so we’ve decided to hand the decision over to you, Fashion Police Jurors.

They’re Emanuel Ungaro’s ‘Branch Sandals’, and as the the name suggests, they’re sandals designed to look – from the back at least – like they’ve been fashioned from a few bits of branches. Cunning, no? The Fashion Police are reassured to know that, should we ever find ourselves stranded in the middle of a mighty forest, we will at least be able to make ourselves a pair of strappy stilettos. We don’t really care about being eaten by bears: as long as we got the shoes, we’ll cope just fine…

What do you think of these, though? We’re happy to see that the branch design has been restricted to the heel of the shoe only (they could, after all, have made the front look like branches twisting around the foot, and then we’d have a whole different shoe on our hands. Or on our feet, rather.) making it a detail you’ll only notice if you take more than a cursory glance at these, but it is a detail that makes you want to snap them up immediately, or is it a detail that makes you want to send them back to the forest?

If it’s the former, these are £535 and available from Net-a-Porter.

20 Comments

  • September 18, 2008

    Summermoon

    Nice enough, but I wouldn’t ever wear them.

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  • September 18, 2008

    Natasha

    Mmmm, I like them. Although, I’d like to see them on actual feet, because I’m not entirely sure about the color of the straps. Would they look a bit like bandages?

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  • September 18, 2008

    Whit

    I would wear them I think. But I would wear them a lot more if they didn’t have tree branches for heels or a different color zipper than the rest of the shoe… Otherwise, they are fabulous.

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  • September 18, 2008

    Am

    I didn’t like them when I first glanced at them, without realising that they had branches for heels, so its a resounding “NO!” from me.

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  • September 18, 2008

    gokarm

    I don’t know why, but the height of the heel is what bothers me…it’s too high! Maybe I’m just hormonal or something, but that looks like some kind of masogynistic torture device to me. Strap these on and just TRY to run away, muahahaha!! As for the wood…it looks REALLY fake…so that doesn’t work for me. But it doesn’t seer my eyes or anything.

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  • September 18, 2008

    Mousy

    I LOVE the branch heel; it’s amazing. The straps, however? No!

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  • September 18, 2008

    Alex D

    That is a serious heel. If I had to injure myself because of shoes of this height, I’d rather do it in Louboutin’s. And the straps are pretty fugly too.

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  • September 18, 2008

    Danielle

    As most girls know, fashion and nature don’t get along. This gets a big NO from me!

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  • September 18, 2008

    Margot

    Love them, but not the price.

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  • September 18, 2008

    Kelly

    I actually kind of dig them. But I’m a sucker for anything nature-inspired! I’m not sure about the color of the straps, though…I feel like there has to be a better option than that.

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  • September 18, 2008

    natalia

    i think they’re fanastic-looking. very creative :]

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  • September 18, 2008

    Sarah

    I love the straps, however the heel would have to make me say NO to these zappatos. I agree, the wood looks REALLY fake. If you’re gonna do it, do it right! haha

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  • September 18, 2008

    Sarah

    I love the straps, however the heel would have to make me say NO to these zappatos. I agree, the wood looks REALLY fake. If you’re gonna do it, do it right! haha

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  • September 18, 2008

    net

    I would like this a lot more if the heel matched the color of the sole and was 1 inch shorter.
    The branches look too fake. If they want to use fake looking branches, they should go all the way and make them a solid glossy color or something. Imagine this shoe in a white patent leather with glossy white branch heel. Hmm. Maybe not.

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  • September 18, 2008

    net

    Oops, I meant to say in the first line above, that I would like this a lot more if the heel matched the color of the sole (the light brown leather) and was 1 inch shorter and not a branch. Just a regular heel.
    Then bla bla about my other weird design suggestion…

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  • September 18, 2008

    Sarah

    For everyday wear, no. Even for a red carpet event or something else for a celeb, no. But I would like these shoes in the right type of editorial piece. They could look quite amazing 🙂

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  • September 18, 2008

    J.

    The branches look a little fake, obviously, but I like them. They’re different than anything else in my closet, and they’d probably be a fun way to contrast a super-mod outfit.

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  • September 24, 2008

    Lisa(Trinidad)

    I wouldn’t change a thing about them! I love these!So different!

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  • January 6, 2009

    Tab

    love em

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  • June 11, 2009

    A.

    I have a pair and they look awesome 😉 Goes very well with loose mini dresses and accessories in light greys, lilacs, muted purples and roses.

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