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Ugliest Shoe Of The Day

Published on February 28, 2011 by   ·   16 Comments Pin It

Melissa Plastic Dreams has launched its latest collaboration with Italian architect Gaetano Pesce. In partnership with one of the foremost names in architecture and international design, this shoe, at first glance, is a “light-hearted ankle boot with molded plastic circles connecting at the edges.” Yet, scissors are all that is needed to individually tailor any pair, which can be changed to anything from a pair of slip-ons to ballerina flats, depending on the wearer’s taste and creativity.

Melissa + Gaetano Pesce, $120

The concept is totally brilliant – a green/vegan company, creativity and individuality encouraged by the wearer. We can see certain people making these shoes somehow look attractive… but our immediate instinct are – they are totally hideous.  We want to like them, we really do, but they may just be the ugliest shoes ever.

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Readers Comments (16)

  1. beth says:

    if they are sturdy enough, it might be fun to turn them into a strappy sandal that wraps up around the ankle, but i’m not sure they’d hold up with that many circles removed. as is they are hideous. if the company did some kind of promotion with a competition for best individual adaptations, it would be a cool way to get people thinking and garner additional press, though.

  2. kbeeks says:

    They look EXACTLY like the non-slip pads I have in my bathtub! Love them in my tub, not so much on my feet!

  3. Diane L says:

    I’ve had my eye on this brand after seeing them at Kaight. But I am wondering- what are they like in the summer?

  4. Mandi says:

    Agreed. I love Melissa Plastic Dreams, the concept and the message. But… dear god.

    I am also not about to pay $120 for shoes I have to hack apart with scissors to make look good. I’ll save those shenanigans for my thrifting adventures.

  5. Angela says:

    really though, ugliest shoes in the world?? I could see the black ones having potential, and they’re still heads and shoulders above what many women in our country wear on a daily basis.
    It’s sad because it feels like the ‘queen of vegan blogs’ is flushing this awesome little green/vegan company’s head in the toilet. Let’s play nice.

  6. Chloé Jo says:

    Angela, Didn’t say I hate Melissa.. I LOVE Melissa shoes and have often shown them on the site (though in the interest of complete disclosure, I don’t find them to be the most comfortable).. aesthetically, they are usually amazing. Except this pair (above) which I personally find to be not attractive… but to each her own! Only commented because they are rolling out big PR because they were designed by a famous architect.

  7. Ouidad Blog says:

    Woah. That’s different. Each to her own taste! ;-)

    If they were cheaper, I could see how they might make decent summer shoes.

    Katie for Ouidad

  8. Angela says:

    Hi again. Just wanted to say sorry for accusing this post of not being nice to the company :-). That’s the way it first seemed when I read the title and the end, but it’s true that when I read it again, I can see how complementary it is in general, even with its opinion on the looks. I also get that we don’t have to like everything, even by our favorite vegan designers. I just had a moment of getting too caught up with feeling sorry for the ‘little guy’ but obviously for a green fashion blog its totally appropriate. Thanks for responding and for the blog! It’s always one of my favs.

  9. Susanne says:

    Totally agree, so ugly!! I usually love Melissa!

  10. Vegan Pimp says:

    Thanks for shedding some light on this, yes I agree, most hideous shoes! I had seen them before and didn’t realize the point is that you can cut them into something else that might be potentially fabulous. But a craft project for $120 smackers? I don’t think so!! :)

  11. kate says:

    They are actually really interesting in person. I disheartened by such immediate negative reaction. I have the nude ones and they are extremely chic, particularly paired with a black dress.

  12. Erin says:

    You know, if they hadn’t put the clear ones in front…. these shoes are actually kind of interesting. The way the differently-sized circles abut one another makes me think of lizard scales. Imagine if they made these in green!

  13. Flash says:

    I really like them! Only thing hideous is the price. $120 for plastic shoes???

  14. Janice Hamilton says:

    I love them! But, then, I’m in Glasgow, Scotland. Particularly love the Melissa/ Vivienne Westwood designs.

  15. sarahb says:

    Ugliness aside, I can only imagine how hot and sweaty my feet would be in these!

  16. […] Customizeable Melissa Plastic Dreams shoes…just cut away the parts you don’t want!  Strangely reminiscent of those grippy pads I use in my kitchen sink…What’s the verdict: chic or sheesh?! […]

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