Rad Or Bad? St. Mark's Goth-Punk Style Hits the Fashion Scene

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Navigating the sidewalks of St. Mark's Place on a Friday night can be a dangerous business. Don't watch where you're going, and you might just trip over a towering platform shoe, the kind the goth ravers who inhabit the strip of Japanese restaurants and punk pop-up shops love to stalk the streets in. We wonder, then, if they would be delighted or frightened at the idea that their beloved footwear could be well on its way to high-fashion fame. Footwear as fetish had a brief moment of fame in an i-D magazine editorial, in which model Han Jin rocks towering platform boots from St. Mark's store Trash & Vaudeville. And now cue the buckled platform boots from Opening Ceremony we spied Chloë Sevigny sporting in London. The height, the straps, and the buckles all point toward Trash & Vaudeville territory. Just add a bigger platform and OC's cool kids would fit right in with the "anti-establishment" goth-punk-ravers that hang outside Search 'n Destroy. Truth be told, I toyed with the idea of tottering around in the T&V pair. But alas, I hung up my Hot Topic patches post-high school. What about you?
Above, from left: i-D magazine editorial (via Fashiontoast.com), the goth-punk footwear staple, Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony fall '09 shoes.