New shoe line Acrobats of God: Ecstatic for elastic or a bit of a stretch?

There’s definitely something cool about Acrobats of God, the new shoe line from designer Nicole Brundage. It’s kind of hard to do something new and fresh in footwear that isn’t too gimmicky or unwearable. So kudos to Brundage and her collection of woven elastic and leather shoes featuring funky wooden heels and a pretty unique vision.

But the line attracts some unfashionable comparisons. First, a lot of the elastic here – especially the black and nude – reminds us of bra straps. Another negative association? The elastic-trim craze of the late ’80s and early ’90s which saw everything from overly chunky heels to grandmotherly loafers sporting spans of the stretchy stuff. Nowadays it’s mostly relegated to “comfort” footwear and the panels on boots to allow large calf sizes to fit in the same shoes as their skinnier counterparts.

Obviously, these designs are more fashionable than these counterparts, but are they attractive and would you wear them?

[View more of the line on The Cut, and purchase at Opening Ceremony or TheCorner.com.]

8 Comments

  • May 7, 2010

    Kelley

    Actually I really like these, especially the black ones in the lower left corner. I wonder if they’re comfortable, or if they pinch? Would the elastic get smelly after a while, or the tan/lime straps get sort of grey and dirty, the way bra straps do?
    .-= Kelley´s last blog ..The one where I go on and on about kimonos =-.

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    • June 12, 2010

      Shahnaz

      Love this line!!!

      Have a pair very similar by New York Transit but they have a enclosed toe. Very comfy….extremely attractive with same color hose. Everytime I wear my NYT I get compliments galore.

      LOve the Deliria and Bandav2………..like I said go for the monochromatic look and they look really classy. I don’t know about smelly since I usually don’t go bare-legged, at least a mini-ped. Comments about bulges………I can see how that would be a problem. Definately not a line for fat feet.

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      • June 17, 2010

        SizeQuestion

        did these fit true to size ? i thought i could get them for the lady sized down since she has narrow feet and the elastic will have a bit of give ???

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  • May 7, 2010

    Trix

    I’ve seen quit a few similarly elasticized shoes lately. After trying some on, I can vouch that their comfy…but still haven’t bought any. 🙂

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  • May 11, 2010

    Rock Hyrax

    I like the ones with the black heel too – the tread on the sole makes them that bit more interesting.

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  • May 19, 2010

    Jen

    Black, lower left, are best. The only ones I ever had (much lower heels, quite a few years ago) did pinch after a while.

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  • May 19, 2010

    Jen

    And those upper left bizzarro bulgey heel ones – god-awful heels. Never never.

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  • June 5, 2010

    Moni

    I really don’t know about the lower right ones. They are already asymmetrical now, so it must be difficult to put them on properly. And the tan elastic reminds me of bandages you wear when you have a sprained ankle. So my first thought would be “injury”.
    The rest is okay.

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