Shoes, Style On Trial

Style Trial | White cleated sole shoes

Flicking through the photos of attendees at London Fashion Week (Which, honestly, is much more interesting than the actual runway photos a lot of the time…) we were instantly struck by the fact that everyone (or, OK, ALMOST everyone…) seemed to be wearing the same shoes. These shoes, to be exact:

Choies cleated sole shoes

Choies cleated sole shoes, $119.99

or sometimes these:

river island

River Island white cleated sole shoes, £60

Or any one of many variations on this style, which is white, chunky, and with that distinctive, cleated sole, which at least looks like it’ll have a lot of grip on it. And that’s really the most positive thing we can think to say about it.

Now, make no mistake: these shoes are not designed to be “flattering” in the conventional sense. They’re huge. They’re clunky. They’ll make your feet look like boats: giant, white, rubbery boats. They’re not supposed to appeal to those of us who love classic style, or clothing/shoes that could be described using the words “sophisticated” or “edgy”. No, these shoes are for the fashionistas: the “edgy”, unconventional ones. This probably explains why there were so many pairs of them in evidence at London Fashion Week.

Shelly gladiator sandals

Shelly’s gladiator sandals, £75


Office ‘Destroyer’ cleated ankle straps, £55

These are just a few examples of some of the cleated styles we’ve been witnessing all over the fashion blogosphere lately: they certainly seem to be popular, but as Fashion Police regulars will know, that doesn’t mean anything to us, which is why we’re putting them up On Trial for you today. As Fashion Police jurors, your job is to look at the evidence before you, and tell us: are these shoes crimes of fashion? Do you want to lock them up and throw the key away? Or are they just what your closet’s been crying out for all this time?

Are they guilty or innocent of committing crimes of fashion?

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