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Dubious Trend: High End Platform Sneakers

These days, you can’t visit a street style blog without seeing a least a few pairs of those Isabel Marant hidden-wedge sneakers (or their lower-priced counterparts).


There’s a special place in my heart for “ugly” trendy pieces. But I can’t seem to get on board with these. See, I look at them and I see this:

House slippers, masquerading as sneakers. Not be worn above the age of 4.


with a little of this mixed in:


Yo Kid! Yo Play! Yo 1994, how ya been?


I did a little google searching to find some chic outfits featuring these sneakers. I kind of feel like every single one of these outfits would be better with different shoes. What do you think? Am I missing the boat? Are these so fantabulous that I can’t even wrap my mind around them? Or are they just really, really bad?

{ 10 comments… add one }

  • Shanna-Marie Beattie February 21, 2012, 11:27 am

    I think they are bad! I’m not a sneaker girl. Wearing lil white canvas sneakers with a cute outfit is as far as it goes for me. I would only wear these if I were running to a sale. I agree and think these outfits would look far better with different shoes. 

  • lei ann February 21, 2012, 1:10 pm

    ugh…you know my shoe stylings so you know how i would feel about these sneakers. couldn’t even get on board with the flatforms…hahaha! 

  • Marissa February 21, 2012, 2:02 pm

    I 100% agree with you. When I first got to your blog today (before reading), I said to myslef, “I’m going to have to find another post to comment on because I have absolutely nothing nice to say about these shoes.”

  • Hogger & Co. February 21, 2012, 2:42 pm

    HAHAAHAAH @ Marissa’s comment!! I am impressed with the way these ladies styled the shoes, as I wouldn’t know where to begin. I barely know how to style my converse with jeans!

  • Anonymous February 21, 2012, 5:24 pm

    So we started this discussion… They did not appeal to me aesthetically, yet I was finding some tiny grain of satisfaction in the hidden wedge. I finally figured it out. I’m into these not for fashion’s sake, but for all those occasions when “normal” people wear sneakers and I refuse to because I’m not comfortable in flats (although so far the only appropriate scenarios I’m coming up with involve gyms or sports – both highly unlikely for me).

  • The Boston Fashionista February 23, 2012, 10:57 am

    A Kid N Play reference! Only you could work that in…

  • Brianne February 23, 2012, 4:49 pm

    Hahahahahaha.  I don’t mind the outfit on the top right, but I agree, I am not a fan either.

  • Aglimpseofglamour February 25, 2012, 1:21 am

    no- ew you’re totally right being anti-big puffy sneaks! hurts my eyes.


  • Noelani@MonPetitChouChou February 29, 2012, 3:58 pm

    I was pretty offended by these are first, and you know I am a Marant devotee. But then, once I tried them on and experienced the brilliance of the secret wedge, I started to change my mind. I think they are a decent alternative to flats, maintaining some cool without wearing full on sneakers. Now, would I shell out 700 bucks for them? Hell to the NO.

  • Katie_quarterman March 15, 2012, 8:48 pm

    I am so on board with you!  I really, reallly hate this trend, it’s an amped up version of the white mom sneaker.  There are super cute, steamline, girlish sneakers out there, I think this is one of the times when designers come up with the most hidious thing and then laugh when people wear them.

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