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Four Cage Heels: Would You Wear One?

From the runways of Paris to the pages of Vogue, cage heels are said to be the must-have shoe for spring. You may recognize #1 as the Yves Saint Laurent original, a stunning piece of wearable modern art that features latticework grids of leather with metal-mesh heels. Designer-inspired looks are cropping up everywhere, but the only pair I might conceivably wear is #4 by Jeffrey Cambell, which looks pretty comfy with that chunky heel. How about you, is there a pair of cage heels with your name on it?

[1] YSL Cage Heels, Photo credit:
[2] Cage Peep Toe Heel, also available in green or white/black lattice, $39.90 at
[3] Ashton Cage Heel, also available in bronze or silver, $79.95 at
[4] Jeffrey Campbell Cage Heel, $198 at

no way. my foot has done nothing wrong and doesn't deserve to be punished in these contraptions!
#1 Jen (Homepage) on 2009-04-14 11:43 (Reply)
I don't like them. The Baker's version is interesting but overall- bleh!
#2 Mee on 2009-04-14 12:04 (Reply)
The original is gorgeous in theory, but likely unwalkable in practice. I like this shape of shoe, but prefer the gladiator-influenced take on the cage.
#3 Sal (Homepage) on 2009-04-14 12:06 (Reply)
#4 dina on 2009-04-14 12:08 (Reply)
I have an upcoming post featuring those Bakers shoes - they're a great alternative! I personally don't think I could wear them though.
#5 J (Homepage) on 2009-04-14 12:18 (Reply)
hmm, these all look a tiny bit intense and i can only imagine the scarring that would occur after mere minutes. i do think some girls can certainly rock this look though.
#6 Cupcakes and Cashmere (Homepage) on 2009-04-14 12:23 (Reply)
I like them! I almost bought a similar pair in beige from Aldo. I think they're edgy and modern, perfectly paired with a spring dress. I'd also wear them with skinny jeans and maybe even the new crop of tulip skirts.
#7 Jo from Canada on 2009-04-14 12:40 (Reply)
totally hot and very mod. and i would dare to wear them with the right ensemble.
#8 romi on 2009-04-14 13:25 (Reply)
Some looks are better left to models and catwalks.
#9 Rachel on 2009-04-14 14:11 (Reply)
#10 LAgurl1997 on 2009-04-14 14:11 (Reply)
Although I wouldn't wear them....I love the look of the YSL cage heels. They're amazing! They did a whole few pages in last month's Elle on that style. It's beautiful to look at, but would never work in reality. hehe
#11 Angela on 2009-04-14 14:52 (Reply)
i have vowed to never say never, because my tastes and preferences change all the time. so, I will say i would unlikely ever wear them. I think I have finally found something even I can't pull off! but total props to anyone I see wearing them!
#12 allison (Homepage) on 2009-04-14 15:19 (Reply)
no no no no!! ick hehe
#13 gina (Homepage) on 2009-04-14 17:37 (Reply)
I tried some of these on...they look cool on the display!..but they dont look good on your feet. they cant make these adapt to everyones feet and it makes the shoes look like they're too big from certain places and too tight on others... while the idea is creative, its not very practical women like to wear shoes that flatter...not make you look worse...
#14 diana on 2009-04-14 18:04 (Reply)
#15 Crista (Homepage) on 2009-04-14 18:30 (Reply)
I actually like the goJane version. But the caged style does not look good in person, overall.
#16 Rene on 2009-04-14 19:14 (Reply)
hell yes.. ive been dying for the YSL one since i saw it in Bazaar months ago..theyre so gorgeous.. I wish #3 and #4 were put that would be a hot knock off
#17 neira on 2009-04-14 19:37 (Reply)
thought #1: how awful it is that for fashionable shoes women have to walk around tip-toed all the time.

thought #2: I might not mind a pair of these myself, as long as they fit well and have a slightly lower heel, that is. These can't be worse than those strappy sandals...
#18 fashionablychallenged on 2009-04-14 22:05 (Reply)
I personally couldn't find the YSL heels uglier to tell the truth, especially with the design extending to the heel.

Caged heels aren't rocking my world but if I did choose any it would be 2 or 3, but soften the look and still get the point across.
#19 Riana on 2009-04-14 22:10 (Reply)
I know everyone is talking about the YSL heel, and it is gorgeous in its own right. Which, I believe is art work. And I don't consider this wearable artwork, more like put it on display some wear and drool over it. I honestly don't plan to buy a pair of cage heels, that is unless I intend to purchase the YSL and put them on display which seems very very unlikely.
#20 Talk Pretty To Me (Homepage) on 2009-04-14 22:22 (Reply)
these look fierce but i have to agree that there's no way i could wear these for a lengthy period of time.
#21 michelle on 2009-04-14 23:15 (Reply)
Are you kidding me?
#22 bingkee (Homepage) on 2009-04-15 16:14 (Reply)
I'd only wear the YSL and Baker versions. The others look really tacky.
#23 Ivy (Homepage) on 2009-04-16 04:35 (Reply)
I actually like the third option! But the thanks!
#24 Angie on 2009-04-16 05:25 (Reply)
fucks to the no
#25 ew on 2009-04-19 15:53 (Reply)
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