If Loving These is Wrong (you know the rest)

by Erin on April 8, 2010


Cynthia Rowley Roxy Sandals

I knew when I first saw these that I HAD to have them, even though they are 1) intended for fifteen-year-olds, and 2) patently ridiculous. But aren't they just AWESOME? They are. Don't try to deny it. They're Cynthia Rowley for Roxy, and I'm only slightly embarrassed to say I saw them in Lucky. (Remind me to go into my rant about the Lucky-fication of American Fashion, or perhaps you can just read my latest column in the Boston Globe, here.)

They are also quite comfortable and make people on the street (at least in New Orleans, where I was recently) say "Damn, girl, those are some cute shoes." Your street-interactions may vary, but only in the choice of positive adjective. I promise.

They also come in black and white gingham. What's not to love? I ask you. But I'm not listening.


Cynthia Rowley Roxy Sandals

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Nathalie April 8, 2010 at 6:59 am

Those are such fun! I would so want a pair if only I could walk with such high heels… and not tower over my hubby in the process, and they were available to the UK (for some reason they dont have those on their European website). The b/w gingham ones are cute too.

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beangirl April 8, 2010 at 7:03 am

AAAAAAAAAAAAGH.Must. Have. Shoes.(oops, I think I drooled on the keyboard.)

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Larissa April 8, 2010 at 7:12 am

shut UP those are cool.

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Myra April 8, 2010 at 7:42 am

Great shoes, looks like a quilt pattern… :)

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Little Hunting Creek April 8, 2010 at 8:14 am

those are some cute shoes. Shoe PORN, in fact.

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Sal April 8, 2010 at 8:36 am

Ive been madly in love with those for weeks. I dont think its possible for them to be any cuter.

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fancypants April 8, 2010 at 8:43 am

Wow they are delicious- love love love them!

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emmy jay April 8, 2010 at 8:51 am

I am in awe of shoes. They are quirky-yet-practical, wouldnt you say? (Well, may you wouldnt, but I would.)

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flea April 8, 2010 at 9:09 am

Oh god, those are so not me (Id never wear them – I am 511 and hate impractical shoes!) but I love them.

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Packrat April 8, 2010 at 9:22 am

Oh, my. I love them. Cant wear that style anymore, but love them.

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Kate April 8, 2010 at 9:22 am

Terribly cute! I love the black and white ones too! -Kate

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funkymunky5683 April 8, 2010 at 9:28 am

When I shop for shoes, I try to look for the ugliest pair I can find. Somehow, once they get on your feet they are transformed into compliment-magnets.

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Shannon April 8, 2010 at 9:32 am

Can you walk in those heels?

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Glamour-Och-Flskpannkaka April 8, 2010 at 9:36 am

cute shoes!

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Kate April 8, 2010 at 9:51 am

I want to say great article. I agree that the fancy dress with flat shoes does not work. Too often I see strapless navy silk taffeta buying groceries with gladiator sandals which somehow makes it ok. It does not.

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The Hillbilly Banjo Queen: April 8, 2010 at 9:54 am

OK, in general I am not much of a shoe person. That said, I feel compelled to track these down and put them on my feet.

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belphebe April 8, 2010 at 10:52 am

I would buy and wear those shoes! If only I could wear high heels these days. And the gingham ones would be great too; I could make different gingham dresses to wear with the shoes! blackwhite, bluewhite, pinkwhite… who cares. Its gingham!I have a pair of four-color pumps that Im hanging onto even though they dont fit right now. Im hoping to be able to wear them again some day after I lose some weight.

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Julie April 8, 2010 at 11:32 am

I know I dont wanna be right! Love em!

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Tasia April 8, 2010 at 11:44 am

I love em too! Im a sucker for bright funky prints, on shoes or otherwise…

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Susan Fogel April 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Love em too. But I cannot wear them for these reasons:1. I am a certified klutz2. I live in Mexico where sidewalks are obstacle courses at best3. I would need a safety belt. But they are toooo cute!

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Rachel April 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I want the Lucky rant. When can we get the Lucky rant?

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evalyn April 8, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Is it a sign of declining civilization that language is no longer used to make things clear but to make things more confusing?

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La Rveuse April 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm

If it werent such a clich to say sqeeeee! Id totally say it. (Because I kind of did.) Adorable! And theyd go with everything!!!

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TheDana April 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I love shoes with character! Thats one of my main buying points. :) Id definitely sport these, even if they are a little higher than I normally wear.

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Valerie April 8, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Oh, goodness! Those are awesome!

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Mie April 8, 2010 at 3:06 pm

I really like the colours on the shoes! So what if its made for 15-year olds? Many things that 15-year old wear wasnt made for them!

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livebird April 8, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Have you ever read the fashion writing of Janice Breen Burns? She writes for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald here in Australia. And she is wonderful. Here she is talking about the style of my home town, Melbourne: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/new-york-old-melbourne-20100219-okty.html

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Catanea April 8, 2010 at 5:49 pm

My goodness those are GORGEOUS. I might have to learn to walk in heels again…and overcome my reluctance to buy on-line. That is the most tempting thing Ive seen in – yes – years. [Expletive undecided]

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Theresa April 8, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I love them and would wear them everywhere with everything…and I could walk in those!

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Joni April 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm

These shoes dont do a thing for me. Although I guess I can see the appeal of a pair of shoes which can be worn with ANY outfit in your wardrobe.There is a giant mural on one of the walls of the Indianapolis Museum of Art that looks *exactly* like these shoes…

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Cookie April 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I loved your article link…but am sorry to say I simply dont like clunky wedgies much :( I either like a spike heel, or a flat. Even the concave, square- cut Louis heels strike me as wrong. I dont know what trauma I was exposed to as a child (perhaps I was stomped by a stacked heel in a playground once?), but I just CANT get past the sense that a high heel should taper.

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Xylia Burns April 9, 2010 at 10:58 pm

This are amazing! Youre lucky to have them..Just a question if you dont mind. Ill be in San francisco soon and was wondering what fabric stores youd recommend putting on the must-see list.Thanks so much!Xylia

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Alice April 10, 2010 at 10:11 am

I enjoyed reading your article in the Boston Globe.The shoes are awesome, and I would have a difficult time choosing between the color and the black/white. No matter, my feet cant handle anything higher than a one inch heel. Phooey!

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Erin April 10, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Xylia, I havent done too much fabric shopping here! Britex is a must-see (although quite expensive) and Ive heard great things about Lacis and StoneMountain and Daughter in the East Bay … anyone else have good recs?

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~bonVintage~ April 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Re: the LUCKY rant….misunderstandings in the world would finish if people were to put on the shoes of their adversaries and understood their points of view~ GhandiGhandi smoothed that over NOW lets get some SHOES, girl!!!!

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Maria April 12, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I love them! :D

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--ginger. April 13, 2010 at 9:31 am

Im all about the gingham.

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Anonymous April 13, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Too cute for words it is probably the funnest pair of wedges yet

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Xylia Burns April 14, 2010 at 12:56 am

Thanks Erin!

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Pattern Junkie April 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Amazing shoes! Im a klutz but I would wear them all the time!

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