My “Never Is the Next New Thing™” fashion theory states that the most provocative/grating/startling looks — the ones that make you say, “I would NEVER wear that!” — are the ones most likely to become trends, big or small.
I had my own “Never Is the Next New Thing™ fashion moment in July when, three years after giving the side-eye to a pair of cloven-toed Martin Margiela boots, I bought two pairs of animal-toe Vivienne Westwood shoes.
Vivienne Westwood introduced this style in 2000. They didn’t register with me then, nor did they after Kirsten Dunst wore a pair to the MTV Video Music Awards in 2005. As I said in my July post, it was the recent popularity of five-toed Vibram sneakers got me into the right mindset. When I first saw Vibrams on the street, I thought, “NEVER! NEVER! NEVER!” — guaranteeing that I’d fall for the crazy-toed shoe look.
It turns out I’m not the only one with a newly developed appreciation for animal toes. Christian Louboutin has introduced an ultra-luxurious paw shoe that’s been seen on fashion-forward actresses Blake Lively and Sarah Jessica Parker.
I won’t be surprised if I see an inexpensive version hit the likes of Forever 21 and H&M. As for the Louboutin paws, they haven’t claimed the place in my heart once held by fish feet. I’m completely happy with my Westwoods. Speaking of Westwood, you should check out Fashion Pearls of Wisdom. Gorgeous blogger Pearl is a true Westwood enthusiast and expert. She’s the first person I checked with about the year that the Westwood animal-toe shoes debuted. She said, “Spring/summer 2000.” When I double-checked with the Westwood office, sure enough, Pearl was right. Hats off to you, Pearl! Right now, I wonder if Vivienne is looking at the Louboutins in magazines and grumbling, “I did paw shoes LONG ago.” What do you think about that, Pearl?