Style On Trial: Stella McCartney Cork and Faux-Leather Sandals

So. These are stiletto Birkenstocks, no? Evidence suggests a certain irony in taking the signature look of one of the world’s most popular “comfort shoes,” not known for taking fashion into consideration, and crafting it into a highly-stylized, sky-high heel. Perhaps this is a statement shoe in more ways than one. But irony is so hard to accessorize.

By Stella McCartney, the Cork and Faux-Leather Sandals, $625 are of course vegan and made of natural cork, rubber, and faux leather. The soles are sure to make the shoe as comfortable and practical as 5″ heel can be, with nice traction. (How often can that be said of a designer stiletto!?)

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury – your verdict?

14 Comments

  • April 6, 2010

    Roisin

    Hm. I do NOT like these. Maybe if the heel was less stiletto-y and the ankle strap wasn’t there they wouldn’t be so bad, but there is something about the combination of the treaded sole and the spindly stiletto that I find very ugly. I love my birkenstocks, and I love my heels – there is no room for a hybrid in my wardrobe!
    .-= Roisin´s last blog ..My life in dresses =-.

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  • April 6, 2010

    Ellie

    I like these. Not for my age range, but I think the 50+s would :]

    If I had a spare $625 I’d buy a pair for my mum.

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  • April 6, 2010

    philly

    I like them but I dont’ wear heels so I wouldn’t buy them.
    I don’t see them as being for the “older set”. I think they are cross-generational.

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  • April 6, 2010

    naomi

    like the hippie/yuppie love that spawned them these shoes will never last…jokes aside…look at the flimsy faux leather ankle strap attachment and tell me a few good tugs wouldnt turn these into slip-in sandals…also another fug-stella creation big surprise….not her biggest fan

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  • April 6, 2010

    Alex

    I think they’re really ugly to be honest. They do look like someone just bent a birkenstock and shoved a heel on. Could’ve put more thought into it.
    .-= Alex´s last blog ..Kick Ass Kicks Ass =-.

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  • April 6, 2010

    lizvocal

    Weirdly, I think they are kinda cute. Not that I would ever wear them….

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  • April 6, 2010

    elli

    Not such an original idea, since Balenciaga has already created similar monsters. Another gimmick that just doesn’t amuse.

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  • April 6, 2010

    Shoesnotblues

    Just take me out the back and shoot me. Please! So ugly, and so uncomfortable! The whole point of Birkenstocks is that they supposedly are so comfy, the wearer will put up with the ugliness. But these!?

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  • April 7, 2010

    Melanie

    Based purely on their description I know I should hate these … but I don’t, oddly.

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  • April 7, 2010

    S.

    OhmygoodnessNOooooo 🙁 The only thing that might (a very generous might) be able to save them is a thicker heel. The clunkiness of the Burk-y sole does not mesh well with the stiletto heel. Oh, these shoes make me so sad.
    .-= S.´s last blog ..Friday, March 26, 2010 =-.

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  • April 7, 2010

    Lucia

    It looks really confusing and actually very uncomfortable, because the heel seems to be a little too far back.
    And also I cant (or dont want to) picture the clothes that would be worn with this.
    Just not right somehow…

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  • April 7, 2010

    Kelly

    Ew
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..E a neve, minha gente? =-.

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  • April 9, 2010

    Sandy

    Oh, yuck. I strongly dislike Birkenstocks in any form. Plus, $625 for faux leather? I understand faux was chosen specifically for animal rights reasons, but if I’m paying that much for a pair of shoes, I want REAL leather. Possibly made of unicorn skin and encrusted in diamonds.

    I will admit, though, that I have a pair of cork wedges with a twisty bow gold leather thingee on top. I really love them. But, they’re not even vaguely reminiscent of Birkenstocks.

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  • April 9, 2010

    Ally C.

    EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW Berkenstocks are disgusting in the first place, there was no need for someone to make the stelleto version AND chanrging $625 for them.
    .-= Ally C.´s last blog ..Dress of the Day =-.

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