I really do love Raf Simons‘ work but what with the spate of disappointing collaborations he’s been partaking in recently I sometimes wonder why. Here’s another cash-cow, the product of Simons’ and Doc Marten‘s labour.
Not gonna lie, I really do feel the urge to just deride these “gladiator-inspired” creations, yet simultaneously the patent leather (is there a material which I adore more?) has managed to convince me to do otherwise and consider the positive aspects. They’re black and white for the most part, a colour combination which I invariably applaud and the winding, serpent-like straps are strangely seductive. In fact, I think it’s just the chunky, Caterpillar boots-esque rubber soles that have me gone off the whole affair. For shame, just when I thought mens footwear was getting even more interesting, it turns out to be that little bit too unwearable.
-EDIT. Am now most definitely interested. Just scoped out these 3 eye shoes which are also part of the SS09 collaboration. Full details at the Dr Martens Blog.
Images from Refinery29 and Dr Martens Blog