Friday, February 12, 2010

Frankenstein

For quite awhile I had my eye on these Jeffrey Campbell shoes:



But then I saw these...




aaaand finally these....

Hey, it's not like you didn't already know I was a shoe fiend.



Now, early on I ruled out the Potion sandals (the top pair), for a few reasons. For one thing, open-toed shoes are tough for me, and I figured that with all those straps there'd be plenty of opportunities for pain. And then, I'm not super comfortable with a solid wedge that's that high -- I think they look great on other people but I have a thing about my feet looking like Frankenstein's, which I fear they might in those. And finally, everybody seemed to own that pair, and I didn't want to be like everybody.


When I saw the Clinic wedges (the second pair), I was really in love. They solved the problem of Frankenstein feet because the metal siding makes it look like the wedge isn't such a massive hunk o' shoe, and they obviously solved the problem of the open toes. But by then they were sold out everywhere, and there was just no tracking down a pair in my size. So I used Solestruck's nifty feature of an automatic email notification if/when my size became available again, and kept looking.


At last I found the X-Ray boots, the third pair, the one that wasn't too hot or too cold but juuuust right. Bless you, Jeffrey Campbell, for making so many variations on this style (there's also a tall boot version, a clog, and a mary jane!). With these there are no Frankenstein block-feet and no skin-scraping open toes. As an added bonus, you can tuck jeans into them. Though they were also sold out at the online shoe retailers, I found a brand new pair in my size on eBay without any trouble, and a happy ending was made.

I wore my towering wedges to work last week and achieved a full 6'1" height, causing multiple coworkers to do double-takes and one of my employees to cower in fear when I stood up from my desk (I'm pretty sure he was only half joking). Because these shoes have the potential to look a bit over-the-top, I wore them with jeans (tucked in, of course!) and a relaxed menswear blazer/tie combo.


These shoes are, believe it or not, remarkably comfortable. Though the angle looks steep, they don't really feel any taller than a regular heel. There was one interesting drawback though, and that was driving my car. Though my legs grew by 5 inches, my arms certainly didn't, so while I could slide the seat back to a comfortable position for the pedals, I had to stretch my arms to their fullest extent to reach the steering wheel. Next time I'm definitely driving in flats and changing when I get there.


In the end I loved these shoes so very much that when I eventually got a notification from Solestruck letting me know that the Clinics were back in stock, I snapped them up too. The Clinics are going to be a little more challenging to wear because they're a bit more daring than the X-Rays, but nevertheless I'm pretty excited about the possibilities for bad-assing up my bare-legged summer outfits.

Blazer: Nanette Lepore (thrifted)
Tie: thrifted
Shirt: Max Studio
Jeans: Acne
Boots: Jeffrey Campbell

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow Audi, you and your new boots rock!
~Madeline

Sara Lynn said...

awesome boots, the third pair was def my fave. hey I was wondering if you would like to exchange links? I found your blog a little while ago, and, I think it rocks :)

Alison said...

Nice, awesome cyber stalking!! I love those and to be so tall! I can't imagine.

Healthy and Homemade said...

AMAZING shoes!! I wish I could pull off a look like this! You look so awesome ^_^

Michelle said...

Oh my. OH MY. Those boots are effing fabulous. I had seen the Clinic wedges, and loved the wedge detailing, but I felt like overall they might be a little too...cyberpunk? for me. (I am interested in seeing how you style them though!) The boots are perfect...SO awesome. Do they run true to size?

Mikaela said...

oh my gosh!! amazing!!! ah, i love them beyond words.

notSupermum said...

Whoa, they are serious boots, but somehow strangely 'you'.

orchidsinbuttonholes said...

I love those boots and I love how you styled this outfit - it's tough and cool. I most love, though, that little pin you're wearing - such a fun detail that changed again the whole feeling of the outfit once I spotted it. Love that!

Kelly said...

Oh man. Those are AWESOME. Now I want the mary janes...

Emily Kennedy said...

Zing! They are GREAT! And just think how great they would be with leggings and a shirt dress. Don't hit me, I'm just saying.

Also, I am giggling thinking of the scenario where your witty coworker thinks to cower in fear just as you stand up. Brilliant!

La Historiadora de Moda said...

This outfit is amazing, as is the fact that those boots are comfortable. Who woulda thunk it?

Lindsey Cochran said...

I want to work in your office! Just to enjoy the show every day! Your closet rocks!

Amy said...

They are some gorgeous boots...Can't wait to see the outfits you come up with for the Clinics too! Amazingly bad-ass!

Diana said...

Those boots rock! I love the mirrored wedge.

kristophine said...

LOVE. Those boots are gorgeous. Also, I'm glad you really work with your footwear--sometimes it seems like people figure if their shoes are awesome enough they can stop working with the rest of the outfit, but you never fail to dazzle.

Alice said...

Some shoes! I am jelous!

I really like you way of dressing, it is stylish and fun. Thank you for adding me to your blogroll, and now that I have discovered your great blog I am eager to return the favour!

scicurious said...

Those shoes are great! I love it when I'm 6'1" in my heels, it's lovely to tower over people in the lab. Excellent method of getting your way!

Audi said...

Michelle: I'd say they run pretty true to size, maybe just a smidge on the large side. I'm between an 8.5 and a 9, and ordered the 9's because the toe is somewhat pointy. I'd say it was a good call; they're a little roomy in the heel area, but the smaller ones would've been too pinchy in the toe.

jenn said...

I have the Jeffrey Campbell potion and they are lightweight and run true to size. Pretty comfy!
But yours are great.

Work With What You've Got said...

Oh WANT. Those are great!~

WendyB said...

Those are FANTASTIC.