Spectator shoes have long been a fashion staple, and probably with good reason. I don't mean wingtips or 50s-style schoolgirl saddle shoes, mind you--I'm talking about the ladylike versions with heels and cute details. Coco Chanel was a great promoter of the spectator, and to this day, the house that Gabrielle built produces its own versions of this classic style.
But, most of us being without the means to procure any piece of Chanel more expensive than a bottle of Chance Eau Fraiche, we have to turn elsewhere. But no worries. I have the perfect solution: 2-Tone Lace-Up Saddle Shoe Peep-Toe Pumps.
The name is deceptive, because this pair of pumps does not resemble saddle shoes, not really. Rather, they are grown up but still playful, classy but unusual.
I think we could all use a pair of shoes like this in our collections. The black and white color scheme go with so many things, and the lace-up/peep-toe combination makes these pumps versatile, able to contend with nice weather in the spring and summer and the muted fashions of fall.
Would you rather have these, the Chanel option, or something else?
Buy through Plasticland for $39.00.
PS One of the great pleasures of writing a blog--for me, at least--is doing the research that it takes to find all sorts of information that completes each post. And although I tried very hard to find a picture of saddle shoes as seen in that beloved 70s interpretation of the 50s, Grease, my search was fruitless. I did, however, find this. There is nothing to be said for it, really, except that it is absolute nonsense. Enjoy!