There's some cruel irony at play when it comes to party shoes: The prettier they are to look at, the more painful they are to wear. A heel so beautiful that it compels you to sit down on the showroom floor to try it on immediately will give you five separate podiatric problems as soon as you're strapped in. We call them cab-to-couch shoes, and they are the fashion version of a Siren; it’s impossible to ignore their call, but those things are going to eat you alive. But, maybe not for long. Peter Pilotto and Nicholas Kirkwood have collaborated on a fix: A party shoe that looks like a heel from the front and side, but is as sturdy and comfy as a pair of ankle boots.
The pair pulled off this sorcery with some cutouts that mimic straps, see-through bits, and strategic color-coordinating. And, they look good. An impressive number of editors clamored to get an Instagram shot during Pilotto's fall 2015 show last night in London, while the models made it obvious that the shoes aren’t just made for just sitting pretty. They half-ran down the runway at a breakneck pace, which reminds us of all those times when we’re already 20 minutes late to a party, cabs aren’t stopping, and we've got 10 minutes to travel 10 blocks on foot. Next time, we'll know which shoes to grab on the way out. See all the hot steppers in the slideshow ahead.
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