Splendor on the grass

Spring is darn near sprung, and Splendid, previously known more for its flirty shirts, has introduced a shoe line appropriate for the season.

Lustful by Splendid

Heirloom Shoe, their local retail outlet (NW 44th and Western), is promoting this particular style on their Facebook page, and a friend expressed some enthusiasm for it, which is more than enough reason for me to put it up here. This color is called River Rock; there’s also a Rainbow version, both sitting on this 4½-inch high woven-bamboo wedge. The price, at $109, is not eye-popping. And I swear, I’d already started on this post long before I discovered that Splendid calls this shoe “Lustful.”


  1. Jean »

    4 March 2012 · 11:24 am

    *drool* If only my ankles would cooperate with 4″ heels *sigh*

  2. Tatyana »

    4 March 2012 · 12:14 pm

    The price, at $109, is not eye-popping.

    It is not?

  3. CGHill »

    4 March 2012 · 1:21 pm

    Compared to some of the godawfully expensive stuff I’ve put up here before, not even close.

    Sometimes, however, fortune smiles upon us.

  4. Tatyana »

    4 March 2012 · 1:54 pm

    Godawfully-expensive stuff oyu put up before is in a different category: it’s filed under “crazy artifacts”. But this claims to be a wearable summer wedge sandal. As these go, its form/construction is not inventive: wedges + ankle strap has been around since 1940, same for knot in lieu of a bow; stripes has been around forever, white/blue combo – even before that.
    I’ll give them a plus for non-slippery upholstered insole and another – for an accurately stitched on tiny leather “belt” detail and a clean-line buckle. Which would be, sadly, negated by the ungodly height and ugly bulbous shape of the platform – which makes then practically unwearable. Yes, one can pose in them effectively, but make 3 steps – and you are down on a sidewalk with broken ankle and in need of a knight in shiny armor…if that was the purpose all alone than yes, $110+change is a bargain price.

    Otherwise, a high price on a market day in NY street fair should be $35, tops.

  5. Duyen Ky »

    4 March 2012 · 2:06 pm

    “Lustful?” It looks sort of innocent to me.

  6. CGHill »

    4 March 2012 · 2:30 pm

    I suspect it’s a matter of context. After a long winter — and all winters seem long, unless you’re in some place like San Diego — I’d be at least slightly provoked by seeing a pair of these being worn at [name of store I probably can’t afford but go to anyway].

  7. Tatyana »

    4 March 2012 · 2:33 pm

    …and thus, once again, the old maxim is proven: “men love with their eyes…”

  8. CGHill »

    4 March 2012 · 3:22 pm

    We also think with, um, unexpected hardware.

  9. Tatyana »

    4 March 2012 · 3:24 pm

    now I am speechless…whowoodathink?

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