Do you believe in Love At First Sight? I do. I mean it’s happened to me more than once and I remember the first time I fell in love with the Isabel Marant Hidden Wedge Sneaker like it was yesterday!
It was about 2 years ago, August 5th 2010 to be exact. I was reading one of my fave blogs, Garance Dore and the photo below appeared.
The hidden heel, the design, the color scheme…oh my! This is what real love looked like and I wanted some. I immediately
called my bestie, went to Twitter!
And then google told me they cost $700. It quickly became the saddest day of my life. $700 for sneakers? I cursed Isabel! Why was she keeping me from a love like I’ve never known? Because she’s a cock blocker, that’s why!
For years, I just pined away…hoping and wishing, praying for the chance, for the experience. Then I got fed up…there had to be a way. Surely, someone, somewhere had been umm, “inspired” by the lovely Isabel Marant, right? And then google led me to Ebay! Now I don’t really believe in knockoffs but this was different. I was fighting for love. Real LOVE! **in my Mary J Blige voice** And I found it, well sort of. LOL!
I bought the wedge sneakers above for a whopping $58…but ONLY after I confessed my upcoming sin to the Fashion Gods and made a public apology to Isabel Marant, via Twitter. For weeks I kept asking HONEY, “Did I get anything in the mail? Any UPS slips? Anything?” When they finally arrived, I was so ecstatic! I didn’t even wear them. I put them on display. I finally had what I wanted and all I could do was just look at them! Oh the irony!
Fast forward 2 years and the Hidden Wedge Sneaker trend is on and poppin! Everyone wants a pair. Even my non Fashion friends! They’re buying knockoffs as well but what I recently discovered is that every single brand from Steve Madden to Marc Jacobs has a version. So if you’re still on the hunt for the look for less, here are some options for less than $100!
I wonder how Miss Marant feels about this. Is she honored that she inspired an entire movement? Or is she pissed that everyone copied her idea?
What I know for sure is that my lil knockoffs felt like a cheap date and I deserve more than that. I mean they’re fun, they’re cute, they’ll do for now…but ain’t nothing like the REAL THING! I want that deep down, feel it in the arch of your back, make you smile at just the thought of them kind of love! YES, I’m still talking about shoes. And specifically these babies right here…come to mama!
Like Mariah Carey, I still believe!