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Fugly Shoes for Fall 2007: Lace-Up Flats

Don't let Anna Sui fool you into wearing these jazz-inspired shoes just because they have cute cherries on top.
Be afraid, be very afraid. There's a disturbing trend this fall to bring jazz shoes and other lace-up flats back from whatever dark, fashion hole they were banished to the first time around.

Designers say it's because people like comfort and ballet flats have enjoyed growing popularity in recent months, so hey, why not an 80s Jazzercise revival, right?

Wrong. We love comfort but you gotta draw the line somewhere.

Everyone from Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Jill Sander and ::gasp:: even Christian Loboutin are rolling out these monstrosities. Luckily, we haven't seen the style trickle down to the masses—yet.

From left: Christian Louboutin's silver metallic lace-up flats; Jill Sander's lace-up flats.

Word to the wise: when these shoes become available in your price range (and it's only a matter of time before they do), drop everything and run, don't walk (or tap), in the opposite direction.

love the anna sui's - they're cute.
the other ones, eeeeuuuuwwww!
what do you wear them with? i saw some laboutins but they had 6 inch heels. they looked like high-heeled nun's shoes.
#1 maggie z on 2007-07-26 08:24 (Reply)
ahhhhhhh!!!!!!! hahahahahah!!!!!! the horror!!!!!!! Ballet flats are so different, I don't know what they could possible be thinking! Those are so hideous! Ballet flats didn't gain momentum not because they were hideous but because girls were afraid to sacrifice the height you gain from heels- THOSE on the other hand are simply disgusting and I will personally slap anyone I see wearing them! Oh, and I can honestly say that if I wore those it would be enough to make my boyfriend not want to be seen in public together (not to mention think I've lost my mind!) VILE!!!!!!
#2 Anonymous on 2007-07-26 09:31 (Reply)
Those look like the shoes people try to sell on ebay when members of their family die. Better snap them up now before people catch on while they're still 99 cents!
#3 Peaches on 2007-07-26 09:32 (Reply)
thanks, BB, for giving us all a good laugh today.
people at my office think i've lost it bcuz i keep coming back to the blog just to look and laugh!
and Peaches, great comment. ha ha ha
#3.1 pirate jenny on 2007-07-26 10:08 (Reply)
They are about the ugliest things I've seen. They look like what high school guys trying to look "cool" wear to a prom. lol
#4 Val on 2007-07-26 20:50 (Reply)
Sorry if we scorched some retinas with these pics!!

We're glad the vote is unanimously "NAY" for this abominable trend ;-)
#4.1 The Budget Babe on 2007-07-27 08:12 (Reply)
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