Everyone has an off day

That’s about the only way I can explain how the same design house — Roberto Cavalli — that came up with this lovely little sandal

Velvet and leather sandal by Roberto Cavalli

… also came up with this monstrous clunker:

Wooden wedge sandal by Roberto Cavalli

Even the Manolo seems perplexed.


  1. fillyjonk »

    5 May 2008 · 1:52 pm

    Wow, that’s a big difference. Could it be “expert” vs. “trainee”? “Person who really knows what looks good on women” vs. “I have my OWN SPECIAL VISION and I am going to pursue it NO MATTER WHAT!”?

    Or maybe their fall collection is titled “Beauty and the Beast”?

    I can’t walk in heels but if I could I’d totally wear that first pair. The second one I’d only use to throw into machinery that needed gumming up.

  2. CGHill »

    5 May 2008 · 1:58 pm

    Now that’s the spirit: putting the sabot into sabotage.

  3. fillyjonk »

    5 May 2008 · 2:48 pm

    It makes me happy that there is someone in the world who actually gets that joke.

    I had far too many years of high-school “literary” French not to make it.

  4. McGehee »

    6 May 2008 · 9:28 am

    Well, there was a TV ad a while back, part of a campaign that has an identity-thief’s voice telling about their crime while the victim’s mouth is moving.

    I’m thinking that second pair of shoes might go together well with a $1500 leather bustier that “lifts and separates.”

  5. Old Grouch »

    6 May 2008 · 3:47 pm

    Or a c.a. 1968 psychadelic burnoose.

  6. Mister Snitch! »

    6 May 2008 · 10:06 pm

    You know for some reason I’m just thinking how lucky we were that you HAVE to wear a spacesuit on the moon. Because otherwise there’s this whole thing about, OK, first man on the moon, what should he wear? Is this a formal occasion, or is a place with billion-year-old dust more of a casual affair? (Billion year old dust, boy there’s a Dyson ad waiting to be born, I’m sure.)

    In fact, because he’s in the suit – and because it was the Sixties – it de-emphasizes the whole fact that he WAS a man to begin with. But today, you’d HAVE TO SEND A WOMAN, you sexist pig. Oh yeah. And she’d have to be wearing those big clunky shoes on the bottom because the other ones are bourgeois and besides would probably sink her butt-deep into the Moon Dust anyway. And oh yeah she’d have to be black, too. Yeah, today we’d have to send a black woman to the moon and she would be wearing those shoes, and the first words from the moon would be whatever the hell she wanted, because she’s not going to have The Man stuffing words in her mouth. Not since Rosa Parks. And Reverend Al would be SO all over it. That man will give a speech to a security camera.

    I’m not sure where I’m going with this, but I did leave a trail of bread crumbs so I can find my way back. Unless McGehee ate them, in which case I’ll just take a cab home. Thank you for your time.

  7. McGehee »

    6 May 2008 · 11:21 pm

    I tried one of those bread crumbs, but it was pumpernickel. You know I prefer sourdough.

  8. Mister Snitch! »

    6 May 2008 · 11:37 pm

    Ah, right. Seeds and black stuff caught in the teeth. Who knew you were so dainty?

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