September 25, 2008

Claudine Pumps by Coach

My first reaction upon seeing this season's peep-toe winter booties was EW. That is just unnatural, completely against the laws and purpose of boots! Your toes will definitely freeze off if you wear this in winter! And so when I first saw these Coach Claudine pumps, I immediately put a no to it. Why would they ruin a perfectly nice pair of pumps and put a random peep-toe on it? I wasn't even swayed when I saw my favourite Gossip Girl, B, wearing them on the set. To be honest, this is not one of her best outfits. To begin with it doesn't look very flattering on her. Her waist looks big (even though it's belted) and the length of her skirt makes her look short (or is it this picture?). Her top looks summery while her scarf and skirt looks wintery. The shoes is just the child of both these looks.

But then I stared at the picture of these pumps some more and it really started to grow on me. The masculine Oxford style is made softened by the satin bow and the slim and elegant shape of the heel. The mini platform in the front makes these four inch pumps more comfortable and wearable (or so I hope!). The combination of suede, satin and patent leather is very clever. The patent is even neatly placed to wrap around the suede parts to protect it from dirt! The whole package is just very nice!

As for the peep toe,
I guess in the world of fashion, there is no such thing as being weather appropriate. I can always wear colored stockings inside for warmth and some interesting color. And if you try to imagine these pumps without the peep toes, you must admit, it IS missing out something. Besides, it looks like peep-toe oxford booties are here to stay, judging from the S/S 09 Burberry Prorsum runway.

When it comes down to it, these are definitely trend shoes and not "investment" shoes. Personally, even though I'm coming around to it, I'm still not sure if they're not too weird for wear. What do you think? Is this an embraceable trend or should we shun it aside and hope it goes away?

Image Source: Coach.com

57 Comments:

Blogger Dol$Ki said...

loving this blog!

saw the shoes myself and had a pretty similar reaction. They are still growing on me though, dont see myself actually buying a pair i must say!

9/25/2008 10:26 PM  
Anonymous Becks29 said...

You can wear thick stockings, or long socks with those shoes. I think they're very cute and fashionable.

9/25/2008 10:36 PM  
Anonymous Mer said...

mmmm, i love those!

9/25/2008 10:49 PM  
Blogger MissBubblegum said...

I would have to agree with you as well. They are not my style but like becks29 said you can wear long socks or thick stocking to keep your feet warm during the winter.

9/25/2008 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE the shoes, and I agree 100%, that outfit is HORRIBLE, especially the top. It does not go with the skirt AT ALL.

9/25/2008 10:51 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

FUG. They are not nice, the peeptoe ruins the shoe entirely. They'd be quite nice without it.

And yes, Blair's outfit is ALSO fug.

9/25/2008 11:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Should the top management bare responsibility....?

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They only talk about how bad the crsis will be, but they did not give regulation measures…..

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9/25/2008 11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

practicality > weird random trend that MIGHT look nice after you stare at it for a few hours

'nuff said.

9/26/2008 12:10 AM  
Anonymous xoxo s<3 said...

They grow on you after a while, but in the country where i live, the winter is cold and a there is a lot of snow. So that means uggs for me, even if everybody on the block has them. But back to the shoes, its a trend, and some will embrace and some wont..and B, i love her style, but that outfit is ugly and not flattering at all, and miss matching!

9/26/2008 4:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is she doing to that other girl? looks kind of strange

9/26/2008 4:55 AM  
Blogger Savvy Mode SG said...

i don't mind peep toe boot since i live in california but that pair by coach is not calling out to me.

9/26/2008 6:28 AM  
Blogger Holly Grande said...

Those are really cute. I agree, they grow on you. I'm not a fan of the peep toe, but...those are really cute.

9/26/2008 8:50 AM  
Blogger Fashion Fille said...

eccch leighton looks disgusting. that is a really teribble picture!

9/26/2008 9:59 AM  
Anonymous Lee said...

Those shoes are awful

9/26/2008 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love peep-toe oxfords, but I don't think the coach pumps are nicely executed. I think instead of making the shoes look more delicate, the ribbon makes it look cheap. But then again, I always think patent-shiny things look cheap.

btw, I love your blog :D

9/26/2008 4:04 PM  
Blogger Pixel said...

I thought the peep-toe ankleboot was unequivocally fug until I saw this oxford version. I can't believe I'm coming round to the idea... But you have to admit they'd be pretty goddamn cute with grey woolly tights. And all the best fashion looks weird at first. Fab!

9/26/2008 5:50 PM  
Blogger Fleurgal said...

Totally agree with u. There's just something weird about chopping off the front of perfectly cute shoes. They're definitely trend items, not something you can envision yourself wearing years down the road. So I'd say, chuck them!

I'm glad I stumbled on your blog, by the way.

9/27/2008 12:10 AM  
Blogger G.Na said...

I love these shoes. I would definately wear these to the office! Coach rarely disappoints.

9/27/2008 12:24 AM  
Blogger Daphné said...

I, too, think this outfit is not very flattering on Leighton Meester...she has looked so much better!
Nice blog btw!

9/27/2008 1:43 AM  
Blogger My Fashion Frenzy said...

The shoe is pretty adorable.

9/27/2008 5:52 AM  
Anonymous Emma said...

Ha, my first reaction was also 'ew.' I've never been a fan of the boot/pump mix.

9/27/2008 7:01 AM  
Anonymous The Fashion Sundae said...

What can I say. That is going into my current wishlist.

9/27/2008 7:28 AM  
Blogger AusAnna said...

Love the shoes, hate the outfit. hahaha
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9/27/2008 10:24 AM  
Blogger M said...

i love love love peep toes oxfords booties even though it might be impractical in -20 weather...
too bad.

9/28/2008 5:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE them, on the west coast we can wear peep toe all year as well as with knee socks or tights (maybe even a bright color). These will be great with flare leg pants, dress pants, jeans, pencil skirts...i'm in love!!!

9/28/2008 10:27 AM  
Blogger ronaldoluvsme said...

i so agree with your comment about Blair and Serena fashion choice for gossip girl but i have to say i would love to have their wardrobe!

9/28/2008 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

Everyone wears a peep toe here in New York, as they are seasonal, women wear them with short skirts.

9/28/2008 12:18 PM  
Anonymous University Princess said...

WOW, I really like them!

I'll just buy them a little big and wear thicker socks, cold-ness-problem solved. =D

I'm a boots addict. <3

9/28/2008 4:05 PM  
Blogger The Stiletto Effect said...

to be honest I love those

9/28/2008 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are always soooooo negativ! I can't stand it!!!! Is there anything in this world that you actually like?!!!

9/28/2008 10:08 PM  
Blogger chained.up.batgirl said...

What's up with Meester in that photo?!

She looks old...and wide.

Weird.

9/28/2008 11:23 PM  
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9/29/2008 3:02 AM  
Blogger The Fashion Phobe said...

Actually my first reaction to the bootie trend was glee :) They look great - not overly sexy; more like school-girl sweet.

Excellent blog. You're one of the few fashion-bloggers who actually knows what they are talking about.

Very much agree with the quote by V. Westwood, by the way.

9/29/2008 3:53 AM  
Blogger Leeann said...

I like these shoes. I think they are adorable!

9/29/2008 9:09 AM  
Blogger Flare For Fashion said...

Same reaction all around over here! Loving this blog!

9/29/2008 12:18 PM  
Blogger MissAlexa said...

Cute shoes but not sure I would actually wear them. Love your blog!!

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9/29/2008 5:58 PM  
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9/30/2008 12:45 AM  
Anonymous avaton_designer said...

I love the oxford shoes so very much!!
The peep toe is kinda interesting but I personally think that for fall and spring it is perfect. Winter is kinda tricky to wear it but I think anybody that has style can so pull it off!

9/30/2008 4:52 AM  
Anonymous statementsoffashion said...

Okay, I'll start with the shoes...I don't hate them...But generally I am not a fan of the peep toe's appearance on anything but a pump. The knee high boot versions are especially awful.

While I do think the Coach shoe is a more understated approach, I think the it would have been so much cuter, and still stylish, without the peep toe.

I do like when accessories are used to mix seasons though. As a midwestern girl, fall is a tough, so this can be a great way to utilize your summer wardrobe well into fall.

I just actually did a post on my blog about how to turn a summer dress into a fall one. Hopefully I was more successful than B from Gossip Girls! Not a good look for her...

10/02/2008 2:32 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

I'm constantly infatuated by B's clothes!!

10/04/2008 2:32 AM  
Blogger Gabrielle Zuccaro said...

very classic upper east side. very gossip girl

10/04/2008 3:17 AM  
Anonymous Pinky said...

love this shoe super hot

10/05/2008 12:44 AM  
Blogger alis said...

I don't think they're unpractical. I have a pair of slingback peep-toe oxfords and I already wore them to death. I wouldn't wear them in winter though, that doesn't make sense. They are perfectly weather-appropriate for warm days spent in air-conditioned office.

10/06/2008 8:52 PM  
Blogger LS said...

leighton Meester also surprise us with her classy upper east side look and her head accessories in Gossip girl! Except her ribbon headband, I love this Coach hat on her! Unlike those mini plaid school shirts, I like that green and gray oversized high waisted plaid skirt by L.A.M.B! The outfit was so standout and elegant!

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10/27/2008 11:31 AM  
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Anonymous Amy said...

What is everyones ruling on these Pour La Victoire booties selling at Endless?

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I like them in the blue/birch color with ivory tights.

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Blogger uknowme said...

They grow on you after a while, but in the country where i live, the winter is cold and a there is a lot of snow. So that means uggs for me, even if everybody on the block has them. But back to the shoes, its a trend, and some will embrace and some wont..and B, i love her style, but that outfit is ugly and not flattering at all, and miss matching!
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