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 ÂŁ330, the Surreal Shoes Whose Heels Will Keep You On Your Toes [Daily Mail]
Related: Junko Shimada or Marc Jacobs? [BryanBoy]