Lady Gaga’s Shoes at the 2010 Grammy’s

Last night, the Grammy’s took place, which meant another occasion for celebrities to show off their fabulosity. There were plenty of great looks to go around from a number of celebs. And then there was Lady Gaga, whose outfits always puzzle and confound me with equal feelings of transcendent, joyous wonderment and mocking scorn. At times, I think, “Wow, that looks amazing” and at other times, I’m like, “Wow …… she really made an outfit out of Kermit The Frog puppets.”

Photo: Sindh Today

Photo: Sindh Today

Her outfit last night was a retro-futuristic, solar-system-inspired purple dress that looks like it was ripped straight out of a 60′s Star Trek episode. To complete her ensemble, Gaga sported a pair of towering bejeweled platform shoes, custom-made by Armani Prive (as was the dress). Between these and the ‘Armadillo’ heels from her music video for “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga must really want to get taller. Someone get the woman some milk, please!

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Weird Shoes Wednesdays: Q by Pasquale’s Glass Shoe Collection

Last week’s Weird Shoe Wednesday was pretty gross so this week, I chose some very pretty shoes. I wouldn’t necessarily say they are weird-looking so much as it’s a novel concept and I really hope it actually works.

Photo: Sassi Sam

Photo: Sassi Sam

Photo: Shoeblog

Photo: Shoeblog

Pasquale Fabrizio, go-to cobbler/shoe guru for Hollywood, is releasing his own line of shoes called Q by Pasquale, an ALL-GLASS collection of high-heeled sandals. No, not just some transparent synthetic material. Glass. As in what Cinderella was sporting way back when. At first, I thought it might just be a case of creating shoes as an art piece (like these other glass shoes featured previously). But no–Fabrizio actually intends for these heels to be worn (probably only by the Hollywood elite, but still). And if there’s anyone that could make it happen, it’d be Fabrizio, if his track record is to be believed at all.

Me personally, I’m a clumsy, stumbling, bumbling idiot, so I’d be very scared if anyone around me was wearing glass shoes. I really don’t want to be the reason one of my friend’s glass shoes shatters into a million pieces, leaving them out of a very fancy/expensive shoe and probably with a lot of nasty cuts on their foot. No, I think I’ll stick to good ol’ malleable leather.

And because I’m still having second thoughts about the weirdness of these glass shoes and wanted to stay true to Weird Shoe Wednesdays, some Giraffe heels, after the jump.

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Cake Maker Creates Designer Shoes and Handbags from Chocolate

Yum! Here’s some tasty news. There is a cake maker in London who has taken to crafting shoes and handbags out of chocolate. They go for a pretty penny, ranging from £8.50 – £21 (about $14USD – $34USD). But they are still high in demand. The cake maker, Frances Cooley, supplies her chocolaty creations to 25 local boutiques and delicatessens. Recently, her candy shoes have also been picked up by luxury department store, Liberty (like the Macy’s of London, I think).

Photo: Telegraph

Photo: Telegraph

They look great but I think if I had a pair, I’d be very conflicted. I’d want to keep them up as a souvenir to show off for as long as I could. On the other hand, I have this kinda, really insatiable sweet tooth. I might be able to keep the temptation at bay for awhile. But that one day when I run out of Rocky Road in the freezer …… I’m just saying, those pumps just might turn into flats after I munch on the heels like candy bars (that is, if there’s any piece of shoe left at all). Read more about how the shoes are made at Telegraph.

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How-to Guide: How To Care For Your Shoes in the Winter

Hey, I’ve posted another how-to guide at the Shoe Metro Resource Center. This one focuses on how to keep your shoes from getting damaged during the winter season. I know, I know. I’m so so late on this. But I live in San Diego and winter only now seems to be hitting us this week (we were this close to a tornado warning, seriously). Anyways, learn how to remove damaging salt stains from your shoes and the best method of waterproofing your shoes as well. Check it out.

Photo: Leffot

Photo: Leffot

Also, as another heads up for any customers in San Diego, we’ve decided to up the ante on our partnership with Soles4Souls. If you donate a pair of shoes to Soles4Souls at our retail store, you’ll get a small discount off at Shoe Metro (click here for details). I know it’s raining but victims in Haiti are suffering much worse. Please just brave a little bit of rain and donate your shoes. Non-San Diegans, refer back this previous post to learn how to contribute to the relief efforts.

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Weird Shoes Wednesdays: Human Feet Shoes

Welcome back to Weird Shoe Wednesdays. Have you ever thought to yourself, “Hey, I want to walk around barefoot today but I don’t want to hurt my feet at all or worse, risk stepping on a nail and having to get a Tetanus shot. What should I do?” Your problem has now been solved.

Check out this trio of shoes that look like human feet. The hairy ones above are supposed to be men’s feet but it looks more like half-man, half-Yeti feet to me because I have never seen feet that scarily hairy. Plus, the inside lining looks like a really bad case of athlete’s foot. Or rotting meat. =(

After the jump, you’ll see a similar pair of shoes only less gross and in a lace-up style. You’ll also see some white Vans slip-ons that had feet painted on the uppers by a political artist named Okat. Head over to Design Swan for more creeptastical shoes.

UPDATE: Looks like the shoes above and also the lace-ups after the jump are Nike Human shoes. They should’ve tried to sneak a Nike swoosh on the toenails or something, hah.

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A Few Ways to Help Haiti Relief Efforts

We’ve all heard about the tragedy and disaster that struck Haiti last week and I’m sure most of us have already made some sort of charitable donation to the Haiti relief efforts. But it still weighs heavy on my mind and so I must ask you to dig even deeper.

Photo: NYDailyNews.com

Photo: NYDailyNews.com

If you can’t afford another monetary donation, I’ve found a couple of ways to contribute some old stuff you might have laying around your house:

  • Shoe charity, Soles4Souls, has pledged to collect and send 250,000 pairs of used shoes to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. If you have old shoes that you don’t wear any more, you can donate them to Soles4Souls and they will send them to Haiti. If you’re in San Diego, you can actually come to our Shoe Metro retail store, drop off your shoes, and we’ll ship them to Soles4Souls. Otherwise, you can enter your Zip Code and find the nearest Soles4Souls drop-off location on their website.
  • ReCellular’s Phones for Haiti program sells old cell phones and donates the proceeds towards Haiti relief. You can donate your phone to Phones for Haiti by mail (you can even print a pre-paid shipping label on their website). ReCellular will sell then sell the phone and donate 100% of the proceeds to the American Red Cross. If you have any old cell phones laying around (I know I have plenty), please send it to Phones for Haiti.

And of course, if you can still make a monetary donation or haven’t yet made one, I strongly encourage you to donate to Doctors Without Borders. I’ve heard both the American Red Cross and Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti foundation come under fire for less-than-honest business practices. But I completely trust Doctors Without Borders and have already made my own personal contribution. Please, I implore you to help however you can.

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How-To Guides are Up!

Hey everyone! I’ve been working on some shoe-related How-To Guides for the Resource Center on the Shoe Metro website. They’re up now and I’ll be adding another one each week (don’t worry, I’ll give you a heads up). I’d like to think that they are very informative and helpful but of course, I’m a little biased. =)

Photo: The E-Learning Domain

Photo: The E-Learning Domain

If they help you in the least, let me know. My ego is fragile and needs constant affirmation of awesomeness. Here’s a list of what I’ve worked on so far:

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Weird Shoe Wednesdays: Baroque Art Platforms & Tassel-Beard Clogs

It’s the middle of the day in the middle of the week. I know you and I both need to see some weird shoes to jolt our systems back into full swing. This week, we have a close contest between two pairs of shoes for winner of Weird Shoe Wednesdays.

Photo: Shoeblog.com

Photo: Shoeblog.com

First up are the above platform pumps from Dolce & Gabbana featuring a very unique printed leather and textile upper. Graphic art is becoming increasingly popular on shoes and Dolce & Gabbana has run with that idea, injecting these platforms with 17th century baroque art that may or may not be from the Sistene Chapel (help? I am so not up on my art history). I’ve seen plenty of sneakers with graffiti art and lots of pumps with Warhol-esque pop art. But baroque is a first and I applaud the audacity. Also, think of the educational factor of wearing these shoes. You’d be like a walking museum, exposing all those around you to the beauties of baroque art. You could walk into McDonald’s and people will start discussing the historical significance of angels and demons in art while munching away at their Big Macs. Who wouldn’t want that?

Next up, we have a pair of clogs from Camilla Skovgaard with supertastic tassels hanging low. Actually, I’m worried they hang too low and could cause you to trip. Either way, it looks like a walrus with a big bushy beard that you might run into in Wonderland who imparts sagely wisdom on you. Check them out after the jump and let me know which one you think is weirder in the comments.

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H&M and Walmart Slash and Trash Unsold Clothing

Here’s a sad story. The New York Times reports that an H&M store and a Wal-Mart store in New York were caught throwing away loads of unused clothing that they could not sell in their stores. On top of that, the stores took care to damage the clothing–jackets slashed, gloves cut at the fingers, pants hole-punched–so that the clothes could not be re-sold or re-used. It’s seriously a terrible waste.

Photo: New York Times

Photo: New York Times

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Weird Shoe Wednesdays: ‘Toe’ Oxfords and Maxi-Pad Slippers

Yes, you read that title right. Shoewawa recently took a look back at some of the ugliest shoes from 2009 and these two landed at the top of the list. The ‘toe’ Oxford shoes by Comme des Garcons feature a smooth, skin-tone upper with 4-eyelet lacing …… and toes painted on with red toenails. Pretty ghastly looking toes at that. To me, there’s just something about skin-imitating clothing I don’t like. It never fails to creep me out and only works for the purposes of Halloween costumes which are supposed to creep you out.

The maxi-pad slippers are actually just a gag gift that you can make for a friend. Since no one in their right mind actually thought this looked good, it gets a pass and is runner-up for this week. It consists of exactly four maxi-pads, some glue, and whatever adornments you might like on the top (find instructions here). Check them out, after the jump.

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