On Trial: ‘Take a Bow’ shoes by Irregular Choice


I know Irregular choice are guilty of some of the biggest crimes of fashion ever seen on this site, but they also have moments of sheer loveliness, and for this reason I have to confess to being a bit of a fan. Yes, I love me some Irregular Choice – sometimes. Not, I hasten to add, all the time, and I’ve yet to actually take the plunge and buy a pair of their shoes, but one day I will. I’m just not sure it’ll be this pair.

I like the theory behind these shoes. Bows, velvet, pinkness… I’m just not sure I like the practice. It could be the brown lining, or it could be that the bow is just too damn big, but there’s something stopping me liking these unreservedly. What is it? Vote on them after the jump…

Oh, and if you want to buy them… Take a Bow by Irregular Choice – $111.56 at Zappos.


  • July 20, 2007


    I like them but I would like them a whole lot more if the bows didn’t clash with the rest of the shoe.

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  • August 9, 2011

    Eva Apple

    cupcakes for your toes!

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  • May 21, 2012


    They are awesomely designed for their aesthetic only. They fall apart within a couple wears. They are not made to last or have a high quality. You basically wear them once.

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  • May 6, 2013


    I knew Danny Sullivan – founder of Irregular Choice back in the day in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Danny always had great imagination. And a thirst for MONEY! Years of working hard in his father’s shoe store Tin london, not only gave him insight into the shoe business, but also gave him first hand experience of making a lot of money, and fast. The quality of the shoes then were always a little sketchy. And this is the reason why I find it totally bemusing that he didn’t take time out to learn how to create shoes as an ARTISAN. He sure had a lot of time, years in fact in which to do this. He could have early on have incorporated quality as well as the aesthetic into shoes. Combined this would have made for a glorious creative blend. Making money is fine. But if you’ve been in the business nearly 30 years, then it’s scandalous to still be producing a product this basic and disposable. Danny is clearly hiding behind the aesthetic of his product. And hey, many of the ideas were produced back in the 1980’s. I doubt anyone who was around in Carnaby Street and Soho in London would find his shoe designs NEW. Hence why QUALITY by now should be a huge factor in his product. Other creative people who were around at the same time as Danny have surpassed him in terms of quality. Its taken them years to arrive at this point, but their creations will survive the test of time. They’ll have plenty to be proud of. Dan man wake up!

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