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30-04-2005
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Is the point endangered?
I think it just might be. Last fall there was big controversy around pointy versus round-toed shoes and no one gave it much thought. I think the popularity of pointy-toed shoes might be waning in the face of their rounded, and square (gasp!) counterparts. The thing is that last fall it was just about sexy stillettos versus uncool mary janes. This winter season, there is so much choice in shoes, and only few seem to be chanelling sharpness. The others have embraced sensuality by slightly rounding the point, lowering the heel, and adding irresistable touches. Ex., Marc Jacobs. A few still represent sex, but through a slick square toe. Ex., Balenciaga. And Lanvin's flat aesthetic is very handsome and classy. Who knew a long evening dress could look so cool with ballet flats.

P.S. Check out the fall shoe collection on Marc Jacobs' website, you'll never get over it.

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Though I'm not sure if it's dying out, personally, I hope it is. Though there are many many beautiful pointy toed shoes, a lot of times I just think it looks very severe. Plus round toed shoes are much more comfortable.

Ooh and I kind of like square toed shoes.

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NOOOOOO!!!!! I hope note...i love pointy shoes...they are so hot....can't we have them all???why does it have to be one or the other???

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I actually am so over round toes, I think the horse is about to die, and if they're strong for S/S 06 it'll be beaten. I think the Almond toe, a pointed toe and round toe hybrid is cool. The Pointed toe will never go out of style, it has it's phases like most classics but will never be truly gone.

Not too crazy about Mary-Janes either, I liked them for a hot second but now they're soo tired. Those Marc Jacobs ones look like Dorothy shoes on acid.


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Hopefully they won't completely drop any of them, I like the variety. Personally I think the tradition moderate point is best (Is that what you are calling 'Almond'?), followed by the rounded "Mary Jane" or "Babydoll" . I really don't care too much for the very long pointed look that is so popular now, but I have seen some terrific versions of it. Square toes are fine for boots, but that's about it.


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pointed and squared toes are unnatural and gross

a round or almond toe will always remain a classic


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I'm still learning about shoes; Thanks for your insight; seems like people are just moving on to the next trend. (However, I did notice that most of Manolo Blahnik's shoes this fall/winter were pointy-toed.)

The more rounded/almond toe looks and feels better, and thus it will never become extinct and will always be around. But trapazoidal/square, peek-a-boo, pointy-toed shoes look "ouchy" enough to not even give them a chance.

There's so much variety...
Totally random pictures (I love pictures!) of the variety of this fall/winter:

Rochas stretch-satin shoe, Stella McCartney stiletto boot, Lanvin velvet pump, Prada platform ankle-strap high-heel shoe (2). Not very pretty, IMO, but just some I found on style.com.

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i love both the point and rounded toes i think they are both perfect at the right times/with the perfect outfit and would hate to have to chose only one. how boring if you had to limit your choice like that!! this is my opinion anyways

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Quote:
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a round or almond toe will always remain a classic

i agree. plus they are so much more comfortable! i still have (and wear) a lot of pointy ones, but i have no problem at all trading them in for round toed shoes

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Really does it matter?

I think each type of shoes/point have their own time and place in a woman's closet, it really depends on what kind of look you are looking for.

Besides fashion cycles are getting shorter and shorter..just wear what you like..you have to be comfortable and like what you wear before you can work it

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I love round-toed shoes to death, so I'm happy about their increasing popularity, but I'm sure pointy toes will come back sometime and we'll go through this cycle all again (as chiangsi1980 said)

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I doubt pointy shoes will go out alltogether.....I may be forced to eat my words though

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Quote:
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pointed and squared toes are unnatural and gross

a round or almond toe will always remain a classic


I'd be glad if pointy toes died and never, ever, ever came back ever again. I think they're the most ungainly, fakey looking things! They make your feet look a mile long, and they just seem kind of ominous. They carry a tough-girl, "bash your skull with a stiletto heel" connotation for me. Think bleached white hair, thick raccoon eyeliner, class ring worn with the stone turned inside, the better to slap someone and leave a lasting impression.

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I love round-toed shoes to death, so I'm happy about their increasing popularity, but I'm sure pointy toes will come back sometime and we'll go through this cycle all again (as chiangsi1980 said)


Yeah, Like the rise and fall of hemlines.

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When I posted this I expected a lot of negative opinions about round toes, but I'm glad to see that people are getting over pointy shoes. However, it's interesting to see how pointy shoes are being reinvented right now. Oddly enough, Marc Jacobs, mary jane devotee, gave his shoes a winkle picker-esque toe. I think I already wrote this...

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