atypical shoes

Sharing unusual and interesting shoes.

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Atypical Shoes is a blog dedicated to interesting and unusual shoes. While some shoes may be considered by some to be ugly and others to be outrageous, the only guideline here is that the shoes are quirky.

I'll try to post shoes that are in an affordable price range for the average person, although I may throw in some with an outrageous price tag so we can have a good laugh at the sillyness of it all.

If you have seen any shoes that you would like to see posted or would like to share, please feel free to post me a comment so that we can share them together.

Chanel - Jewel-Heeled Jean Boots

November 30, 2006

Chanel - Jewel-Heeled Jean Boots

I just came across these in the December issue of Vogue Spain. Words really fail to describe just how ugly these boots are. I mean, who would wear boots that look like they are made out of old cheap jeans? And the jeweled heels up the ick factor considerably. I was surprised to see that they come from Chanel's fall/winter 2006 couture collection.

Chanel - Jewel-Heeled Jean Boots on Model

I have to admit they do look better on than off, as they are in the first picture in Vogue, however, they really just look like you are wearing jeans, so what's the point?

I couldn't find a place where they are selling them online, so you would need to call Chanel or stop by one of their stores for the price. I'm sure they will be plenty pricey.

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United Nude - Mono Eams

November 26, 2006

United Nude Mono Eams

United Nude was created by an architect, Rem D Koolhaas, who came up with the idea of using the Mobius for the shoe. He joined his friend, a shoemaker named Galahad JD Clark, to form a company "set on releasing specific, iconic products, and rejecting broad seasonal ranges". Together their results are outstanding.

What I like about this shoe in particular is the classic design with the unique heel. According to the information on their site, the heel was modeled after the legs of the Ray and Charles Eames chair. This is the type of shoe that you could wear for years and would never go out of style, yet always remain unique. That's a hard combination!

Available at Terra Plana for 172.50

Thanks to Chris for pointing me to these!

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Andrew Stevens - Jenny

November 25, 2006

Andrew Stevens - Jenny

Finally, shoes for the feminine construction worker in you!

I've been trying to figure out in exactly what kind of situation you might wear these in. They look like they may make a more attractive alternative to snow boots, but that doesn't really make sense with the 4.25" heals, does it?

The good news is that they only cost $49.97 at Gotham City Online if you are willing to experiment with them.

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Irregular Choice - Juggler

November 18, 2006

Irregular Choice - Juggler

What would a atypical shoe blog be without a posting for shoes from Irregular Choice? These are the type of shoes you either love, hate, or love to hate. I belong to the first category.

These conjure images of those funny court jesters from times of old, hence the name "juggler". Can't you just imagine throwing these on with a pair of brightly colored tights?

They are out of stock at their store, however, if you live in the U.S., you can find them for $153 at Zappos in both black and red.

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Mystery Shoes

mystery shoes

I saved these shoes last month to feature on this blog while I was still planning it, but now I can't remember what brand they are.

I know that I found them on, but couldn't find them again after multiple searches.

They have a classic design, but what I think really sets them apart is the beautiful heart details around the back and stitching on the front. They are really the type of shoe that you could wear with dresses, skirts, and jeans and are perfectly suitable for a fall wardrobe.

I'd love to hear if anyone knows what these are or where I can find them again.

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Camper Twins

November 13, 2006

Camper Twins

Following yesterday's post about shoes with one foot different than the other, it seemed suitable to follow up with a pair from Camper's Twin collection.

They say on their site, "They are twins. Not equal but complementary. The pair concept never made more sense." If that doesn't make you smile, the Japanese style serigraph from Spanish artist Tatiana Sarasa should do it.

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Hot Chocolate's Honey

November 12, 2006

Hot Chocolate Shoes, Honey Style

Here are some super cute shoes from Hot Chocolate Design in Venezuela.

What makes then even more great is how cheap they are at about $45. What makes them not so great is that it looks like they don't ship internationally yet. We can hope though, can't we?

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John Fluevog Harlow

John Fluevog Harlow in Red and Black

The first post of this blog is dedicated to a lovely pair of shoes from one of the most outstanding quirky shoe makers John Fluevog. This number is not extremely atypical itself, however it has several features such as the gorgeous brogue detailing and the scalloped edging and details, which make this classic spectator style outstanding.

On sale for $135 at Village Shoes

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