Splitting Toes: Irregular Choice’s ‘Tippy Toe’ split toe court shoes

Split_toe_shoesSplit-toe shoes. They always cause controversy here at The Fashion Police, with some of you arguing that they’re just the same as Japanese Tabi, and therefore totally beyond reproach, and others saying that you don’t really care what they’re “inspired by”, they look mighty uncomfortable and you’d never wear them.

Never ones to shy away from controversy, however, Irregular Choice have created these ‘Tippy Toes’ court shoes, complete with split toes and, er, “sticky up bit”. (We don’t know what the technical term is for that particular feature, sorry.) They’re available at Schuh, where they’re currently down to £45 from £74.99. But what do you think of them?

23 Comments

  • January 6, 2009

    Amanda Nicole

    Camel toe.

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  • January 6, 2009

    Northmoon

    Great if you want to look like a cow.

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  • January 6, 2009

    Mafa

    Anything adjectived splitting sth scares me .

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  • January 6, 2009

    Carrie

    Cloven hooves. sick.

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  • January 6, 2009

    Evelyn

    Yep. Hoof. That’s exactly what I was thinking.
    Doesn’t every lady want to look like a fashionable a cow or horse?
    Don’t let the barn door hit you in the…oh, you know, I could go on and on…

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  • January 6, 2009

    Rock Hyrax

    Thought I recognised the pattern on the sole:
    http://www.thefashionpolice.net/2008/11/irregular-choic.html

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  • January 6, 2009

    The Fashion Police

    Ha, well spotted, Rock! Robots are clearly their “thing” at the moment!

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  • January 6, 2009

    Anna

    Ew, they look like goat feet.

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  • January 6, 2009

    The Fashion Police

    Also: those of you reminded of hooves, all I can say to you is this: just wait and see what we have to show you tomorrow. Oh boy.

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  • January 6, 2009

    edith

    Has anyone actually tried on shoes with split toes? How does it feel?

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  • January 6, 2009

    Jilly

    They remind me of hooves.

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  • January 7, 2009

    Matthew

    Japanese tabi are sock, therefore meant to not be seen. With that in mind, why would anyone try make shoes modeled after them?

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  • January 7, 2009

    Marianne

    Tabi have split toes for a reason (grabbing the thong on zori or geta sandals.) Why do I need a split toe on my shoe? And the heel height makes me think I might have that thing wedged pretty hard between my tootsies. Interesting idea, but I’ll pass, thanks.

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  • January 7, 2009

    Mousy

    It’s not just socks, there are also jika-tabi (tabi that contact the ground) – tabi boots in other words, commonly associated with ninjas and also still used by workmen and martial arts practitioners. These have a split toe, and it helps to improve grip on the ground and that sort of thing.
    … the IC shoes? They don’t. And they have no need to. And they look like cloven hooves.

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  • January 7, 2009

    The Fashion Police

    Those of you commenting about tabi being socks etc – I know, the only reason I mentioned them in this post is because the *last* time I wrote about split-toe shoes I was absolutely flamed and called a racist by people who felt that shoes “inspired by” Tabi could not be commented on. People are strange 🙂

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  • January 7, 2009

    E.

    It’s like having labia on your foot. Ew. No thanks. I do like the rest of the shoe, though.

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  • January 7, 2009

    Rock Hyrax

    Marianne makes a good point – I had precisely that problem with high-heeled flip flops. (They were wedges – not as hideous as they sound ;-} .)

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  • January 7, 2009

    annet

    that has been done by margiela countless times.
    i haven’t had the chance to try them on yet, but i own tabi socks and those are extremely comfortable. someone i know who owns the margiela tabi shoes (she can actually pull them off) says they actually feel pretty good, not that much difference woth normal shoes.
    i guess you can’t wear them when you have big toes.

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  • January 7, 2009

    **Star

    ha ha!
    camel toe!

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  • January 8, 2009

    Spengler

    Prejucice is always a bad thing.
    Not only split toe shoes are extremely comfortable, but I like them a lot.
    It’s a matter of tastes, that’s all (I find hideous stilettos, for example).
    Also please remember that Nike also sells several kind of split toe shoes (Ikoi, Air Rift and some other). I have also Royal Elastic shoes that sport this kind of design.
    They are original, fun and great to walk in.
    Hooves? No way.

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  • January 8, 2009

    Amber

    I think there’s a pretty big difference between “prejudice” and “Having an opinion on the appearance of a pair of shoes,” Spengler. Emotive, much?
    Why would the fact that Nike make split toe shoes make us more likely to find these ones attractive? Are you saying that if Nike do something then it MUST be good?
    People are allowed to have opinions on clothes, you know. Just because they don’t happen to correspond to yours, it doesn’t mean they’re “prejudiced”. They ARE only shoes, after all.

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  • February 21, 2009

    Mika Kobayashi

    “Those of you commenting about tabi being socks etc – I know, the only reason I mentioned them in this post is because the *last* time I wrote about split-toe shoes I was absolutely flamed and called a racist by people who felt that shoes “inspired by” Tabi could not be commented on. People are strange :)”
    Actually, fashion police, as one of the people who complained the last time, that is completely untrue.
    The last time you posted about split-toe shoes, someone made a disgustingly racist comment that said something like “Asian inspired shoes? What’s next, fashionable foot-binding?” *That* comment is what was the issue, not that people couldn’t have an opinion on something inspired by another culture.
    If you don’t know what foot binding is, it was a horrendously cruel, torturous and crippling practice that was widespread in China, and it left women in a state where it was agonizingly painful simply to walk for the rest of their lives. Look it up on wikipedia sometime. It was a disgusting practice, and I was horrified to see that all Asian cultures were being pigeon-holed like that into such torture. It made me see red, I was appalled to see that my culture was being slighted like this, to say that my culture’s traditional dress was something akin to human butchery.
    I went and searched for that previous topic, but it seems to be gone. I’m happy about that, at least you’re not allowing such vile remarks on your site. But please, do not whitewash why people were outraged last time this topic came up, because it wasn’t about the shoes in question, it was about the cultural remarks made.
    ***
    Ok, more on topic.
    I think when people are pointing out that they’re inspired by Japanese style, they’re are giving you another angle to look at. People here are saying “hooves”, but to look at it from the Japanese perspective, you see the elegance and beauty in it. The style of having your big toe not squished together with your other toes is not supposed to look like an animal, but it’s how your toes are, the big one is separate from the others in design and how it moves.
    I love tabi, they are so comfortable, they feel great and can look so beautiful and elegant. I say you should look at this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/txtamz/2365744240/
    Or this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dadaya/2461155188
    As for these shoes in specific… I think when you have a Japanese inspired style by a western designer, some times it looks great, but sometimes not so much. The irregular choice ones above, definitely not so much. But, irregular choice have done this style before, and they did it extremely well. Here is a picture:
    http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/9821/5262496132423eea84eo.jpg
    Somebody mentioned Nike has done shoes like this, I think these too look very good:
    http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/6672/5278078253012944a3co.jpg
    I don’t really think that the tabi style should go with high heels though, it doesn’t really seem right.

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  • April 1, 2009

    Erasch

    They look very uncomfortable and like a horse feet but they offer a very good comfort and in special dont compress your toes.
    I like them very much

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