Apr 29, 2009

Epic letdown: Christian Siriano for Payless

I'm not sure if anyone remembers my post way back in February about Christian Siriano's line of shoes for Payless, but the collection involved super high-heeled, Rodarte-esque shoes and boots with spikes, chains, and zippers which were oh so hot. I wanted every shoe in the bunch. But of course, the line was for Payless, and I guess those shoes were too crazy for the Payless crowd. In that post back in February, I wrote "I am glad that Christian stuck to his aesthetic and wasn't bullied by Payless to create "safer" shoes - I really love these designs, but they're pretty out-there compared to the shoes you normally find at Payless." Well, I was wrong, and he was bullied - the collaboration just turned into another safe (re: boring) Payless line. They lowered the heels, which are no longer wood, and lost all traces of spikes and chains. Check out the pics, via Racked, and let me know what you think. I for one am extremely disappointed, but what can you do?


And here's what Christian Siriano for Payless looked like on the runway - so hot!

25 comments :

Swell Vintage - Frankie said...

I love that style of heel! x

Amy [LA Pretty] said...

Totally a FAIL!! The should've kept the gold heels on all the shoes, what a joke. I bet they're uncomfortable too, because Payless is crap. I've never bought a comfortable heel there.

DWJ said...

Awww..I was kind of looking forward to the spikes! I just new they were going to be hot. This means I'll grab the ballet flats if they're cute...now I'm sad. So not FIERCE!

freeTEYme said...

hhhmmm... they are the demure version... the blue runway pumps were hot!

Jennifer Nicole said...

It IS toned-down, but still a little edgy compared to most of what I've seen at Payless. The shoes aren't nearly as exciting as what they should be, but they're something, right?

SOS! said...

Hmm ya i posted about it too looking forward to a bit of downplayed s&m.

Disappointment indeed.

xx-LJ from SOS!

Anna said...

The shoes are alright... but the runway pics are much better. I want the ones with the chain!

Alicia/InstantVintage said...

THAT SUCKS. Majorly.

kaitlyn said...

EPIC FAIL. i'm so disappointed. I'm glad you posted this before I made the journey out ti Payless. Aw... I'm really sad. =[

andrea said...

how beautiful they are!

Jesspgh said...

What a bummer! So much of a change from where they were.

Dream Sequins said...

People, it's Payless. Don't expect em to work miracles with plastic. What's the opposite of "Fierce"? :)

nookie said...

love them all

SwanDiamondRose said...

i love the teal and gold. i'm so surprised i am falling for this colour combination. but i love it. and the zipper pull on the boot. that's PERFECT.

SwanDiamondRose said...

oops! i meant to say... thank you for your sweet comment on my dresses :)

Leigh said...

yawn. the originals were so much better.

Ashley said...

Ooo this is fun, we have a bit of a debate going on! Some people love it and some people hate it! This is fun, keep the comments coming!

Hanako66 said...

that sucks! I do see a pair in the back that I am digging...will have to check it out:)

megan said...

I still think the shoes are pretty hot, but I wish they had kept the chains! Those would have looked sweet!

megan http://mallratcouture.blogpsot.com

K @ Blog Goggles said...

No wood heels?? So sad! However, I could never wear the originals, so I'm not too bummed. I would have loved the chains, though.

K @ Blog Goggles said...

P.S. Sorry for being lame!

DON'T FORGET THE 'Y' said...

dude totally agree!

zoe aka drinkupthefashion said...

the shoes look infinitely better on the runway. i didn't know hw had collaborated with payless for his show! i didn't know payless could construct such a high heel. the shoes still look interesting though they were dumbed down.

Mini said...

Epic fail! I loved the pumps with chains AND spikes. However, for Payless shoes, those boots aren't too bad..

Kimberly said...

in this case, it does not feel good to pay less. Things on the runway are always better!