It's been over 20 years now, but I can still hear my friend Ellen assessing a pair of shoes over lunch as being "so ugly you just have to buy them and give them a good home". The shoes in question were a frumpy pair of lace up oxford flats which I personally would have turned out into the street in a heartbeat. But the sentiment stayed with me and often comes to mind when I see a pair of shoes that I'm sure would make friends raise their eyebrows and strangers roll their eyes. So be it. I consider taking in an offbeat style an act of kindness. To the shop owner and designer both. I like things that are out of the ordinary. And if people like me don't buy stuff like that, then manufacturers will stop making them and retailers will stop selling them. And then where would I be. So I guess in the final analysis my motivations are not altogether altruistic. All I know for sure is that I often end up with very happy feet.
These platform sandals from Candie's certainly fall in the Cyndi Lauper/"She's So Unusual" category. I love how the designer didn't skimp on the thickness of either the wooden footbed or the rubber platform sole. The lacing on top that secures these chunky shoes to the feet seems a bit out of proportion. If it were up to me I'd have gone with slightly wider straps. But maybe the folks at Candie's thought the daintier touch would help offset the extreme sturdiness of the bottoms. Either way, I wouldn't send these sandals away if they showed up in my size. As it is, eBay seller cancanandjustin only has them in a size 7-1/2. Perhaps they'll have a happy homecoming to your household.