Questionable Trends: Heelless Gaga Boots

by jennine on July 8, 2011

Saffo Night Walker Boots

The internet has yielded many trends that at one time seemed questionable and hurled them into the mainstream. Latex tights? Hello shiny leggings. Leather, bondage, the stripper shoes, platforms to high heaven. They’ve also enabled the masses to see runway shoes and take something very niche and bring it to an affordable price where you and I can afford.  Take the Lita for example, practically every fashion blogger on Earth has a version (myself included) but it was a direct rip off of Charles Anastase’s Dungeon Boots. I can see where it comes from, online, bolder pieces communicate stronger messages than the more subtle, minimal things. What may be an amazing t-shirt in real life doesn’t always translate in the digital space.

While meandering through the internets, I came across the Saffo Night Walker Boots, and thought, “Oh to high heaven what the fizzle sticks?” First, I wondered who would order these? Then I wondered, where would they wear them if they did order them? And finally, I wondered… How the heck can anyone walk in those things? So, I ordered them. To see for myself.

You know when you order stuff off the internet, sometimes you are surprised either because it’s better , or because it’s worse… but these were pretty much what I expected them to be. They are true to image. That said I was equally horrified by them. However when I tried them on, they weren’t uncomfortable. If you’re a gothic drag queen, I can imagine you can dance all night in these night walkers, and would recommend it! Walking was ok, though my ankle did wobble a bit, so if you get these you better have health insurance.

But I’m an old lady… maybe they wouldn’t fit so much in my office life, but as a fashion blogger? I can imagine a few who can make them work. What do you think? Do you give these boots the yay or nay?

Would you rock the Night Walker boots?

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Photo and video by Nando Alvarez

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Daxia July 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Those are some crazy looking shoes!
I’d never be able to walk in those hahaha.


Beautifully Invisible July 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm

OMG. I am speechless (almost).

You actually managed to make these look decent… but they are too much for me.

Off to share this now!

Ashe Mischief July 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Please make those the basis of every Halloween costume you do this upcoming year.

Maybe do a 1 Week of Gaga Costumes… from pieces already in your closet?

jennine July 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Oh no! I returned them… they take up too much space… but the thought did cross my mind! :)

Ashe @ Dramatis Personae July 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Damn! I was wondering if you’d be returning them (and then figured no if you were wearing them outside).

I hope someone buys them for real!

Closet Cravings July 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Jennine, you are a brave, brave girl. I could definitely not make these work, though I’m certain some talented bloggers could pull it off.

P.S. - Loved the video. Super cute and fun. =)

jennine July 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm

oh yes, i can certainly think of a few bloggers who could make these work.

Tricia July 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I can take the front view, but the side view, not so much! Love this video :)

Liz July 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm

they just look…so uncomfortable and unsteady. I think they work for fashion/photography shoots, but actual real life? I just don’t see it (and I’m usually one for crazy shit)

SACRAMENTO July 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Ok for the stage, not for life. I love your skirt, though.

Nubiasnonsense July 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Porno drag queen kitty shoes ha ha. I love the video! I think Halloween might be the only day I’d wear these which is why I went with maybe. I always say I’m attracted to ugly things but these are a bit much for me.

Xx July 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm

This is such a hilarious video, I love your facial expression just before it cuts to you *actually* walking in them - I can’t believe you can!

heather July 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm

i personally like them, i mean its not like they’re trryying to be wearable or anything. i think they’re cute and would wear them on very select lets say the costume institute gala

and that’s very interesting about the litas! i have never been a huge fan of the lita but those Charles Anastase ones are somehow much more appealing.


Ashe @ Dramatis Personae July 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Heather, I feel the same way about the Lita’s vs. the Charles Anastase ones! His were so much more intriguing to me…

birdie July 8, 2011 at 6:40 pm

UNF. Yes. Dungeon shoes.

Megan July 8, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I’m usually down with new fashion, but I don’t know if I could jive with these! But I luv u for being brave and giving them a go!

Marcia July 8, 2011 at 6:22 pm

The shoes does look cute to me, but I thought they would be rather uncomfortable! The heel looks rather scary to me, almost like a piece of architecture. But in the video you make it seems easier to walk in. I don’t know, but certainly will not wear that to work just in case if you are walking around.


Jessie July 8, 2011 at 6:27 pm

not for me but definitely a statement and a good thing for lady gags. thanks for sharing though. good question!

Castle Fashion July 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I think all shoes have a scale. It goes from “Comfy and a Bath” to “Bed of Nails” And usually you can either get extreme comfort or extreme beauty/art. I think the most successful designers are the ones that can strike a balance in between or even get the best of both worlds. I don’t think this shoe has either :/ I guess it’s good if you like attention?

Castle Fashion

Kristy July 9, 2011 at 12:01 am

oh my god!! i love you for getting these, wearing them and filming it for us. you’re amazing!

these don’t really fit into my personal style, and i am known to rock some pretty high platforms. it isn’t the missing heel i mind as much as the overall aesthetic. they’re a bit too high, a bit too gothic looking.

you’re adorable on video by the way!

FASHION TALES July 9, 2011 at 12:53 am

You brave brave soul… It was fun watching you walk in those artful soles. I know that I could not, my ankles would be screaming at me! :) Loved this video.

Joy July 9, 2011 at 1:22 am

I am great you talked about these. I’ve often wondered what they would be like in IRL and off the red carpet.

Aimee July 9, 2011 at 5:04 am

omg, Jennine, u are so hilarious! I was so scared u were going to fall walking on those……….

Jessie at Fashion Limbo July 9, 2011 at 5:13 am

They just seem so much hard work…. and also anything that Gaga rocks is soooo boring to me, I just don’t see the point of wearing these unless you are a goth-queen or on the catwalk of a fashion show. Not for me… but sooo funyy that you wrote and made a video about this, fantastic Jennine xxxx

jennine July 11, 2011 at 10:08 am

I guess it gives you an excuse to be a goth queen! :)

veronica July 9, 2011 at 9:15 am

great video clip - short & sweet -

The BB July 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Kudos for taking these potential ankle-breakers for a spin! You definitely make them look wearable. And even though I love myself a crazy shoe, these just don’t do it for me.

Paula Millers July 10, 2011 at 12:27 pm

great post. thanks for sharing, it make me wanna try like that!!

Casey July 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Oh my golly… I can’t believe you tried these! Bravo for going out on a limb (or stilts? lol) and giving them a whirl. I know I’d fall over on my face in about two second; despite my love for 5″ and 6″ heels. haha.

WendyB July 10, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I LOVE that you did this. BTW, I think Victoria Beckham beat Gaga to the punch with this look?

jennine July 11, 2011 at 10:02 am

Oooh yeah, I thought these were more like the heelless Nina Ricci boots

Did Posh wear those? Someone did… it’s all a jumble to me.

For Those About To Shop July 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I love that video, helps to see the shoes in action. I’m shocked that they “work”. To me, they are inspired by Aimee Mullins “cheetah legs”, the prosthetic limbs she wore to run track races.

Elisa July 18, 2011 at 10:27 am

Those are so, so awful. Not to mention probably hard to walk elegantly in them :-) You brave gal!

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