Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 Footwear
For better or for worse, the most striking shoes on Marc Jacobs shoes runway were the wedge rain boots, for lack of a better term. Except when they were suede; then they looked more like wedge Uggs. It would be fun to have a patent or rubber pair for rainy days, but mostly, the shape and feel seemed antithetical to the severe, rigorous tailoring of Jacobs’ clothing.
In keeping with the unpredictability of his ready-to-wear collections, I had little idea of what to expect from Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 Footwear, only that whatever he chose to do would make me do a double-take. And I was right, for reasons both positive and negative. Let’s start with the latter and move toward the former.
What made much more sense, thankfully, were the mid-calf Victorian lace-up boots and T-strap pumps. In various colors and combinations of leather and haircalf, these pieces fit the prim aesthetic of the collection perfectly and made me wonder how much use I would get out of a pair of red soled shoes. Or what about the white booties with black trim? Surely those would look smart with tights and a fitted cocktail dress.