Fashion crowd divided over Christopher Kane’s orthopedic footwear
(and even Vogue calls them 'gag-inducing')
- Kane collaborated with orthopedic brand Z-CoiL to create the clumpy shoes
- Trainers have divided the fashion world with Vogue calling them 'gag-inducing'
- The London-based designer previously raised eyebrows with its luxury Crocs
Fashion Week is a chance for designers to push the boundaries - but one label has set the internet alight with its latest bizarre accessory.
Christopher Kane's AW18 collection, which debuted on Monday, featured a pair of shoes that have been compared to orthopaedic footwear.
The shoes in question - a pair of black leather kickers with velcro straps, chunky booster coils and festooned with diamantés - have attracted the attention of fashion experts at Harper's Bazaar who compared them to 'something your grandparents would wear'.
Indeed, the London-based designer collaborated with orthopaedic brand Z-CoiL to create the most talked-about shoes at London Fashion Week.
A velcro strap version of the shoe featured diamantés in hues of silver, blue and purple
Even fashion bible Vogue praised the shoes for 'kicking the ugly shoe trend into high gear'.
The wrote: 'Call it what you want, but the gag-inducing shoe may be just the Cinderella slipper for a geriatric beauty queen, or fearless footwear lover.'
Meanwhile, footwear blogger Crimes Against Shoemanity raged: 'Christopher Kane just beat me to the punch on this ugly prediction. Just when you thought things could literally not get any worse, this f***ing happens. I am deceased.'
Kane's Instagram followers were divided too, with some coveting the sneakers while one simply wrote: 'I can't.'
They come in two colourways - one with silver embellishment and one with multi-coloured - and are not yet on the website, although similar (non-designer) styles from Z-CoiL retail at around $260 (£186).
The designer previously raised eyebrows when he reincarnated the Croc sandal, and Balenciaga followed suit with a £650 version.
As well as the divisive shoes, Kane's latest show featured semi-sheer and lacy dresses trimmed with feathers in a nod to 'the joy of sex'.