Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Trend That I Loathe: Fringe Boots

I want to put a disclaimer on this post to say that I don't discourage anyone's personal style. One person's cup of tea is another's sewer water.
Now that this is out of the way, I have to say that most "trends" bother me on a soul level. Newness and inventiveness is wonderful. Buying into it with triple and quadruple digit pricetags because it's a trend, however, is not. This is especially true when the trend itself is an utter eyesore. (See trucker hats, crocks, uggs.)
Polyvore alerted me today of a new trend. Something almost worse than trucker hats. That would be the fringe boot trend. WHY? Do people actually pay top dollar to make themselves look like they should be deer hunting with a bow and arrow?
If it's a part of a motifed costume I can understand it. A little. If I squint.
Exhibit A:

Maison Martin Margiela ankle booties

Maison Martin Margiela ankle booties   These boots retail at Bergdorf Goodman for $895.

The above pictured boots aren't even boots with a little fringe on the edge, they are boots made of fringe! It's a mutated gladiator sandal that's hit a new low on the ugly ladder.
How about it, dear readers? What trend absolutely makes you want to stab yourself in the eye with a spork?


  1. Godawful. I save the most venemous ire for footwear that fails to make sense. Meaning, when form overtakes function in such a way as to render the whole notion of functionality meaningless. Thus, open toed ankle boots, gladiator sandals (why? why? why?) and uggs. Called that, b/c that's the sound one makes upon catching a glimpse, ugh.

    1. Uggs. And I see them with everything. Jogging shorts + Uggs. Prom dresses + Uggs. Ugh, indeed.

    2. Rachel- I agree with the function over form, unless it's a really fantastic shape or design. Weird cutouts, fringe, boots with open toes, are all horrid to my aesthetic footware sense too.
      Zombarella- Indeed. I have hated this trend for years and years. A girl died for her Uggs. Now that is black comedy.