When we heard downtown cool kid Mandy Coon wasn't showing this year at New York Fashion Week, we were a little bummed. Her intellectual presentations, which always combine her more meditative leanings with exquisite, ethereal clothes, are always a high-point, but fans of Mandy shouldn't worry. The New Yorker hasn't disappeared: In fact, she took the season to prep her new line of ZOMG-inducing, steel-plated platform shoes.
In collaboration with Chilean designer Barbara Briones, Mandy Coon's brand-new kicks have guaranteed head-turning hype. The clompers, which are seriously stacked with a block heel, debut this season (along with the rest of Mandy's collection, which was heavy in pops of leather and cut-out details). Suddenly, those strappy clogs are making us rethink our stance on steel-toes. With a delicate ankle strap and the hint of patent leather, we may have found our most badass summer shoe.