Fashion Police Glossary: The Foot Snatcher

The Foot Snatcher is a dangerous fashion criminal who gets his (or possibly her) kicks from depriving other people of theirs: in other words, the Foot Snatcher steals feet, so run, don’t walk – if you still can, that is!

Poor Kelly Clarkson, above, was a victim of the Foot Snatcher back in May 2009. As you can see, the Snatcher showed no mercy here and left Kelly’s pants trailing inches beyond where her feet would be, if she actually had any. It’s amazing she didn’t trip over those things!

The Foot Snatcher prefers to target celebrities, but that doesn’t mean the rest of us can consider ourselves safe:

These Shopbop models had their feet snatched while modelling wide-leg pants. Bet they didn’t expect THAT when they signed up for the job.

Not even the skyscraper heels Victoria Beckham favours could save her from the Foot Snatcher.

Victoria’s friend, Katie Holmes, meanwhile, managed to get off relatively lightly: one foot was saved, while the other, sadly, appears to be gone for good.

As you can perhaps deduce from the evidence above, the Foot Snatcher tends to target victims who wear wide legged jeans or trousers. The advent of the skinny jean has thwarted our anonymous villain somewhat, and wearing these styles is certainly one way to make sure your feet remain attached to your body, but it’s important to always be on your guard, as the Foot Snatcher could strike at any time. In fact, the next victim? It could be you….

Will it, though? Do you like to wear pants so long that you have no visible means of support, or do you feel that if they’re trailing in the mud, a bit of alteration wouldn’t go amiss? What’s the right length for you?


  • August 23, 2010


    I routinely fall victim to this, my legs being like, 2 inches long. Although I try to avoid it in public (mostly due to my tendency to trip myself up with my jeans)

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  • August 23, 2010


    that looks terrible! just get them hemmed.

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  • August 23, 2010


    I think even my widest-leg pants leave my feet exposed, and they’d only drag on the ground in the flattest flats. In heels, they’re usually hitting mid-heel if you look from the back.

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  • August 24, 2010


    Being relatively *read: very* short, I constantly have this problem. I spent ages turning up all my nice pants, and even many of my skirts, but I couldn’t be bothered with most of my jeans. Besides, they can be useful – like on those days you just really need to wear joggers, but don’t want the world to see.

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    • September 5, 2011


      i have that problem too sometimes

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  • August 24, 2010

    Rock Hyrax

    I don’t particularly mind the foot snatcher as long as he (or she) doesn’t cause that accident where your heel gets caught in the hem of your trousers.

    Katie Holmes’ jeans look fine but poor old Kelly Clarkson looks like she got dressed in a rush and wore a pair of “very high heels only” trousers with flats.

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  • August 25, 2010


    aww I remember Kelly’s fail I reported!

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  • October 19, 2010


    Seriously, I’m 5’2″ and I deal with this all the time. It’s call raising the hem, people. Simple process, really!

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  • November 20, 2012


    when I buy pants, the seller always has to cut a little fabric (like half of the leg)
    when she measure she always says that will leave a little longer to when I wear heels… the problem is I hardly wear heels… =S but relax… it doesnt look like these… only covers a little of my tenis (sneaker??)

    is it still a fashion crime??

    the good thing about these pants it´s that u can wear it with any old shoe… =P even some poor thing, like havaiana… auhauhauhauahua

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