Givenchy Fall Winter 2011 Rottweiler Thigh High Boots
after blogging about ‘My Impossible to Find Runway Prada Brogue
Wingtip Espadrilles Creepers‘, a few people have inquired about the variety
of my Prada shoe collection. A buyer from Denmark was particularly serious and
interested on the very first pair of Prada SS11 Espadrilles that I bought more
than a year ago.
longer produce the lower rubber version after Spring Summer 2011. But I guess I
can’t keep so many of them, as they are left most of the time redundant asleep
in the box, and which I would only wear each pair less than 4 times a month
just to keep the life span of the soles. I also have many recent haunting
thoughts of desperate desires to acquire a pair of studded Christian Louboutin
guess this was really goodbye to my beloved Prada SS11 Espadrille shoe. I will
truly miss them.
Source: Prada Men Advertising Campaign Spring Summer 2011
Remember about 2 years ago when Prada featured those one of a kind shoes during Spring Summer 2011? The very first time when I saw these Prada shoes that were displayed at Chadstone, it literally stop me starring and got me thinking how ugly they were. As Maggie Alderson described it completely as a shoe “about God making the hyena out of all the spare parts he had left over from making all the other animals.” Alderson, 2011.
But as I went home, I was exactly in the same state as Maggie, I thought about it once that maybe I should give them a try, but then I had second thoughts of how outrageously wrong and weird they were, unlike any shoes that I have ever seen in my life. As my thoughts were left to wander, my desires for it arise. I don’t know how it happened; unexpectedly I could recall myself in a desire state to acquire them. I told myself I have to at least give them a try than to judge them; it wouldn’t hurt even if I left Prada empty handed, and I have nothing to loose.
Everyday I had a little thought about it and it grew inside me like a ticking time bomb. Finally I went back by chance to the store to surrender my curiosity and gave them a try. When I wore them, they felt weird because of the wedge platform; I walk in it a few moments and concluded that they were the best shoes in the world.
I love them for what they were, the shiny finish on the black brogue was perfect, the width was just nice, the espadrilles was simply stunning – it was chunky and detailed with stitching’s between it. Patch on with a sneaker sole, absolutely gorgeous. I need it badly as I could foresee myself wearing them a lot.
The Prada Brogue Espadrilles was like my soul mate, and I told the sales girl that I would take them by impulse. Unfortunately they belong to another client from Sydney and were not for sale at that time. I was disappointed, but I thought that it would give me a second chance to go home and have a good think about purchasing them since they were quite expensive. I left my name at Prada, waiting for the good news.
The next day, Prada called and told me they had one pair in the city, only one size left. I rushed there as soon as possible after class, hoping nobody would buy them before me. My overnight research found out that they were extremely popular, and it was sold out everywhere in the world. When I was at Prada, the shoe that they reserved for me was a let down, the espadrilles were not chunky and it wasn’t as well stitched as the first pair. I have to admit that I am a perfectionist, even when it comes to the smallest details. I described to the sales person about my situation, that I was in a dilemma and needed the first pair that I tried in Chadstone. Unfortunately again they told me they would not release it to me until the client arrives from Sydney and he will then decide whether he wants it or not. I had no chance and did not want to risk loosing it, so I took the pair that I wasn’t happy with.
Looking disappointed, the Prada manager was kind enough to show me his ‘Runway’ pair that he acquired through special order. I compared the ‘Runway’ version with the one that I was about to buy. It was completely different. The ‘Runway’ pair had a taller sole and edgy look; it’s not the same! I went home with my new shoes to sort out the exchange with the one in Chadstone – it went well.
I remember that I came across an Australian blogger who went for a short trip in Tokyo. She took pictures of her boyfriend wearing the ‘Runway’ version (I can’t find this blog now). The date of their purchase was in October 2010. These shoes weren’t even released back then until February 2011 when Spring Summer commence! I also found out that most of the ‘Runway’ versions were sold to Prada buyers themselves during Prada SS11 menswear and womenswear fashion show and that most of them were actually sold to Japan.
After a few months of hunting, I manage to find 4 pairs on a Japanese eBay website. They were all in ‘S’ to ‘SS’ condition – excellent to mint. There was only two sizes, 9 and 10. The Prada manager had one in a size 9, but it wasn’t his fit since the Prada brogues espadrilles runs half to one size bigger. I bought a black brogue ‘Runway’ version and the Japanese seller told me that they needed 1 week to calculate the shipping (who takes that long just to find out shipping rates?).
After one week, they came back and told me the shoe that I bought was sold off in store! WTF! I was so pissed off; I gave them a good piece of my mind. However, there was another non-brogue version in bruciato and had a green stripe at the back
(featured on SS11 runway). They sold it to me for a very good price, since I was a disappointed customer.
Many months have past and the Prada manager has finally decided to sell me his ‘Runway’ versions. It took me almost a year to persuade him by chance, but I was very very happy because I was an addict to these shoes and that it meant so much to me. My journey to hunt for Prada Brogue Wingtip Espadrilles Creepers has landed me with 7 pairs in total, one from SS11, two from SS11 ‘Runway’, and four from FW11. These shoes are so popular that Prada has decided to keep them till today.
Below here are two of my ‘Runway’ brogue and non-brogue versions.
Alderson, M 2011, ‘Frankenstein shoes’, Maggie Alderson – Style Notes, 25 January, accessed 6 June 2012, <http://maggiealdersonstylenotes.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/frankenstein-shoes/>