Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bondage Shoes - Love them or Hate them?



The bondage shoe trend started with Gwyneth Paltrow, who wore a pair of Givenchy dominatrix booties to an event in New York. The trend gained steam with the release of the Sex & The City movie, where Christian Dior's Extreme Gladiator sandals made an appearance on Carrie Bradshaw's feet. That spawned tons of strappy, buckled, black leather knockoffs from retailers like Victoria's Secret and Steve Madden.

Personally, I'm not a fan. They look fine on models, but terrible on most normal women. Ankle straps always make your legs look shorter, and in the case of the bondage shoe, they make your legs look 4 inches shorter. Totally impractical. What do you think? Would you wear them?











44 comments:

Akaya said...

Looks good in sets, but I don`t own a pair and I never will. I can`t walk in heels that high, and walking is what you need shoes for. This goes for many other shoes too for my part. :)

The Juggler said...

I have a pair with a 4.5 inch heel and they make me look super tall. :)

Jillian said...

I love this type of design, and they are really sexy. However, I am into the whole, sort of extreme dark look. Some of these styles of heels look gothic, and others look more industrial and futuristic. There are so many types to choose from, which can be overwhelming, at times. They are perfect for women that want to make a bold statement, without having to go overboard with the entire ensemble. If you really love this style, and want to give the illusion of long legs, just wear them with jeans.

Lindsay said...

I think they make a simple, floatly or flowing dress look weird with how chunky they look.
I would personally never wear them, because you have to like, be able to style your outfit around them, which I don't do. I just chuck on shoes after I've decided on my outfit.

-x-Linz.

emily said...

I actually would love to wear these! The only thing that would prevent me is that they might be a little too sexy for my taste. Otherwise, let's rock 'em! :)

Incubeautee said...

they are basically just gladiator heels. i absolutely LOVE them and i wish i had a pair.

Miss Moniker, Crystal said...

I think they are gorgeous, it is just a matter of being able to walk in the really tall pairs!

I own two, one I wear at home ;) and a bit lower pair for going out..

Anonymous said...

I can't stand the thought of wearing them. They are just not my style at all, yucky. It is strange that I really think they look cool in a set though.:-)

Tori said...

I really love the look at models. But i mean get real no normal person could put these off. I think their just a little extreme in all areas.

Betsy said...

I agree with you.personally,I think they are pretty ugly/

Hayley said...

I think they're horrible! They're good on Polyvore but not for real life, everyday wear.

Anonymous said...

Those shoes are not good! Would never wear them.

Anonymous said...

These shoes look more like they are part of a costume than an every day item. They are too theatrical and over the top for anything more than a fashion show, or play.
Frankly I think they look trashy when worn by the general public.

Nancy said...

i think they look cool in sets and are pretety modern-looking but it's really ironic how it's popular when it makes your legs look shorter...which is opposite the whole point of heels....weird

sports apparel said...

I recently had a chance to try heel straps, and I have to tell you - these are truly awesome! I got the clear ones, along with black, and knew the moment I slipped them on I loved them. We can’t wear Mary Janes all the time, and slides/mules are challenging on stairs. I’ve even made passed on shoes I really liked thinking “…too bad it doesn’t have some kind of strap at the top”. No longer a worry!

Anika said...

Thanks for putting my set in here. :)

adina said...

i love this shoes...dunno why...but i will never wear them since i am very short:)

Ryan said...

many things look good with sets (like these shoes) but they would be something someone very daring would where. it would be hard to where them with things, and could be a waste of money. Personally, I would not buy them, unless the future withholds dark styles.
lol

Fashion Ubsessed said...

I love love love these shoes they look soo good if you wear them right

fun + mental = fundamental. said...

omg i love this shoes!

Kazibora said...

I love them but alas I am too tall to wear any type of heels, ever :(

un peu de soleil said...

I think that they can be worn in real life. It just depends on the style of the individual. If your outrageous and eccentric, then these will be perfect, but if your obsessed with brands like Abercrombie, which breathes no creativity, then this style of shoe is obviously not for that audience.

Herry said...

LOVE those shoes. HELL YES.

Amy-Jo Tatum/Bride Chic said...

I'd wear them under wide legged pants. I agree--they make your legs look four inches shorter. They do have an aspect of chic though

Meagan said...

Straps wrapped round your feet and ankles makes these heels a second skin! They feel so comfortable the more bound your foot becomes. Every girl should have a pair! If not for outdoor-wear than for those quieter moments at home when you want to feel devious!

Lo said...

Hi all :) It all depends on who is wearing them and what the combine them with. They can look Cheap or Chic! The higher the heel the better but be careful with the ankle straps, if you dont have super skinny ankles they can make them look big and the legs stumpy.

Air Jordan 4 said...

It's so beautiful, you are leading the fashion trend

LovelyGame said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE These shoes! I desperately need some of these fantastic chunky bondage shoes!! Does anyone know where to buy a super cute affordable pair of this style of shoe?

denim leggings said...

Beautiful shoes! Love them!

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Anonymous said...

Anybody who'd confuse these things with anything even remotely bondage-related obviously knows next-to-nothing about bondage.

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Anonymous said...

I do find they look "dominatrixey"
personally, most of them are way too clunky. If you want to follow trends then go for it, but I find it is a waste of money if next season they change from chunky to dainty...not many ppl can pull it off.

nina said...

it looks great...but on someone else :) i am not bondage shoe type of person :)

deana (aka southern charm) said...

YES, I would wear them (at 5'2" I'll wear anything that makes me look taller :) however.....I like them with jeans or black pants, not shorts or short skirts. that's when they look too 'chunky'.

deana (aka southern charm) said...

At 5'2" I'll wear anything that makes me look taller!
However....I'd wear them with jeans or black pants, not shorts or skirts, thus avoiding the 'chunky' look!
Just say no to chunk:)
deana

Anonymous said...

my oh myy are those sexxxayy. i would absolutely wear them. while i understand this isn't everyones taste... i certainly love them. they ooze sex appeal in a bad bitch sort of way.. the heel and attention to detail is tremendous. yes, they're no mcq's but they still are ultra sexy.. LOVE THEM. props to anyone who can pull them off or who has dared to try

Anonymous said...

i have a pair with 5.5 inch they look super
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Everyone has their own taste thats for sure, would like to see more of a collection like this in the mainstream but you can't always get what you want LOL!

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Iron Fist said...

probably horrible to walk in for any length of time but they do look really sexy and every girl knows it can be painful to look good....high heels anyone?

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Anonymous said...

They look too uncomfortable for me!
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