Style on Trial: Menswear inspired lace-up shoes

Laceups

We’re just going to come right out and say it: we hate the current trend for flat, menswear-style lace-up shoes. There, it’s out there, you can do what you will with it. To us, these kind of shoes say two things:

1. MENSWEAR

2. Frumpy, sensible, elderly lady, possibly with a walking stick.

OK, so that was more than two things, but we’re sure you get the picture. Of course, we know that this style of shoe isn’t being worn by either of the two groups above… well, maybe it is, but it’s also being worn by stylish young things, just like our Fashion Police readers. Or is it? Have you been buying into the menswear-influenced shoe craze? What have you been wearing them with?

(Oh, and if you like the shoes in the picture, they’re £35 from Topshop).

10 Comments

  • March 20, 2008

    Diana

    hate them.. and yes, elderly lady´s look..

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  • March 20, 2008

    Sophia

    pretty ugly.

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  • March 20, 2008

    Ella

    I don’t like it either. I can see someone really “edgy” pull it off, depending on the rest of the outfit, but in general, blech.

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  • March 20, 2008

    hannah

    i completely disagree. they can look adorable if you have a 60’s, skinny, girl-with-a-pixie-cut kind of look. pair ’em with dark denim and button-up shirts or tailored skirts and dresses.

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  • March 21, 2008

    Steph

    I do own some men’s flat lace-ups, but not like this – only old-fashioned black-and-white brogues. I’ve no objection to women wearing men’s shoes (obv.) but I wouldn’t wear the pairs in the picture – no-one should own shoes that look like they’ve been thatched.

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  • March 21, 2008

    Mona

    I am a chemistry grad student and work in a research lab, so I need shoes that are flat and fully closed, and I do not like to wear sneakers/trainers. Since I walk to work the shoes should be watertight as well. In short: I need decent shoes, that do not look ugly, are made for women’s feet and are practical. I even bought an actual pair of men’s shoes once out of desperation. So I am glad about the trend, mainly because decent looking lace-ups are really difficult to find. (The ones pictured are really ugly though.)

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  • March 24, 2008

    Heidi

    Wow, my first thought after I spotted them was Diane Keaton…

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  • March 24, 2008

    Becka

    ICK!
    They look like some shoes my mom had in the 90’s- hers were white.
    Menswear should only be worn by MEN- unless, of course there is some feminine element to the style!

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  • March 25, 2008

    Chica

    I’m glad i’m not the only one who thinks this trend is fugly!

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  • March 31, 2008

    Haley

    I love them! I love the ones in the picture, I love brogues and wingtips and whetever else they can throw at me. There’s something so clean-cut and Annie Hall about shoes like that. Especially if you wear them with like a waistcoat and dark denim.

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