In Marc Jacobs' collection for spring 2008, the designer showed clothes with shoes that were a wee bit unusual. Yesterday, Erin Kelly described them in the Daily Mail: "A chunky, four-inch heel nestles horizontally just under the ball of the foot. Where you'd expect a heel, there is nothing but fresh air." The shoes, which are expected to cost between $500 and $700, are actually the center of a controversy at quirky fashionista blog Bryanboy, where Bryan points out that designer Junko Shimada showed similar shoes in her fall 2007 show. No matter who makes the clodhoppers, Lisa Surridge, a lecturer in foot health, declares, "These shoes would impair the normal function of the foot."

But hey, women have been known to wear many items that impair "normal functions" — underwire bras, corsets, control-top hose, platform shoes, pencil skirts, circulation-halting jeans. The problem we have with these shoes is that they are ugly. Or are we the only ones?

At £330, the Surreal Shoes Whose Heels Will Keep You On Your Toes [Daily Mail]
Related: Junko Shimada or Marc Jacobs? [BryanBoy]