Shooties: the Demise of Shoes

Women love shoes. I'm a woman, so I can confirm this as more than just a myth. However, a footwear phenomenon exists that gives all shoes a bad name. This style, eloquently dubbed "Shooties" remain easily the worst thing to happen to ladies feet since binding. They're a combination of shoes and booties reminiscent of the Victorian era and your grandmother, but designers threw on a heel for a skanky edge. Europeans and Americans alike rock them at every possible location. They've appeared on every street style blog from Facehunter to Styleclicker to the Satorialist.
I thought perhaps this disastrous fashion phenomenon would disappear like flare jeans or corset tops. I stand corrected. It appears "shooties" are here to stay. In fact, they've even shown from designers like Chanel at 2008 New York Fashion Week. This promises another season of the world's most unflattering shoes that will surely make your (c)ankles look fat and the rest of your fabulous outfit look ridiculous.
San Francisco, put your best foot forward and drop the "shooties." Please. Still want a pair? (I hope not). You can snag 'em everywhere from the likes of Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom and even Payless.
-Melissa Baron

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