Worst shoe ever?

New York magazine’s The Cut has a slideshow feature of the 50 Ugliest Shoes in History, and while “ugly” is of course in the eye of the beholder — I’d defend Doc Martens and maybe even the Earth Shoe in terms of form following function — some of these Dr. Moreauvian creations perhaps ought not to be beheld at all, and as it happens, of the two I like least, one has already been featured here. This is the other:

Brian Atwood Charleston Peep-Toe Ankle Boots

Said The Cut of the Brian Atwood “Charleston” peep-toe platform ankle boot, unleashed this year:

Dripping with a bordello’s worth of upholstery tassels, the “Charleston” has a Clydesdale look without the unsavory reality of actually killing and wearing a horse’s hoof.

Evidently — and perhaps surprisingly to some — I have a great deal of resistance to hooves in this context.

(Via Nancy Friedman, who also defends Docs.)


  1. JT »

    9 November 2012 · 9:49 am

    Looks more like a dirty mop attached to the top of a boot.

  2. fillyjonk »

    9 November 2012 · 11:56 am

    UNSHORN FETLOCKS!!!!! (covers eyes in embarrassment)

  3. Lynn »

    9 November 2012 · 3:36 pm

    I don’t see anything wrong with the Docs either. A lot of the shoes in the slideshow were, in fact, rather pretty but completely unwearable.

    I fear that Earth Shoes will forever bear the stigma of their 70’s styles. Today’s Earth Shoes are much more attractive and most of them don’t look very different from any other flat. I’m wearing a pair right now that are very cute. I own five pair including the boots and the sandals. (As I might have mentioned before I’m sorta hooked on Earth Shoes.)

  4. McGehee »

    9 November 2012 · 4:08 pm

    I’ll admit I’m partial to shoes made on Earth as well. The alternative involves some excruciating shipping & handling charges.


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