At the Loewe fashion show in Paris this week, Jonathan Anderson showed an outrageously pointy-toe sneaker in various shades of green, sand, and mahogany reptile skin with tips that had a distinctive upward curve that I just LOVELOVELOVE.
He was perhaps referencing the pointy Trivial boot worn by the men in the town of Matehuala, Mexico who have these flip flops and bizarre shoes battles, pointed to the nth degree, every weekend. You can watch a video about them below – and trust me – it’s worth your time.
I always wondered if THEY were referencing the Crackowes and poulaines of the 14th century. Those were the pointed, upturned toes that were introduced to Europe by the soldiers of the Crusades, returning from the Middle East. To the survivors of the Black Plague, who just wanted to feel a little hope and joy in their lives again, frivolous fashions like these silly shoes were just what they wanted to wear. Which explains every picture of every court jester you’ve ever seen.
via the Fashion Encyclopedia:
As well as showing that the wearer was at the height of fashion, crackowes also showed that those who wore them belonged to a wealthy leisure class, since little work could be done while wearing the long-toed shoes. Many conservatives, or those who emphasize traditional institutions and resist change, as well as church leaders and political rulers, considered the new fashion ridiculous and disgraceful, calling the long, pointed toes “devil’s fingers.”
So, anyway, yes, DEVIL’S FINGER shoes are BACK! And these new versions aren’t SO outrageous that you couldn’t actually wear them. I think they’re cute, but then I’m a fiend for medieval trends. What do you think? Will you be rocking a pair anytime soon?
(Poulaines pic by Laura Park via VICE)