Are Lea Michele's Criss-Cross Sandals Ugly or Fashionably Ugly?


Are Lea Michele's Criss-Cross Sandals Ugly or Fashionably Ugly?

Yes or no: Do you like Lea Michele‘s black, embellished sandals?

It’s an easy question, right? But when it came to answering it, we were at a lost. Sure, the actress looks adorable wearing them out and about around New York City. The Jonak Black Leather Sandals ($95) match well with her pleated skirt, knotted gray tee and Celine crossbody, but there are design details and shoe associations that are just throwing us off.

We’re conflicted, to say the least, especially as shopping for seasonal kicks ramp up. Before you chime in with your opinions, please consider these pros and cons, collected from E! News staffers.

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Pros: The ugly shoe trend has been going strong since the 2010s—we’re talking about Uggs, Tevas, Birkenstocks or other bulky shoes that the fashion elite industry once abhorred but now cash in on. Remember Isabel Marant’s wedge sneakers or Stella McCartney’s Platform Elyse Derbys with the serrated-looking soles? The latter trend has evolved into the flatform, a style you’ll surely see all season long. Unexpected and bulky designs are trendy, and with the popularity of slide sandals at its peak, a few staffers agreed that Lea’s shoes fit into the “cayoot” category.

After all, wasn’t Commes des Garcon designer Rei Kawakubo just honored at the 2017 Met Gala for her accomplishments in creating unusual, wearable art.  It’s cool to wear things that aren’t traditionally pretty. If something is fashionably ugly, it is basically beautiful.

Cons: If something is ugly, sometimes it’s just ugly. “Super hipster: super hip = ugly = cool,” noted a staffer. “Fashion is dead.” Some might liken this shoe to their grandma’s house sandals picked up during a swap-meet sale. Not only is the bottom of the shoe thick but the straps are wide as well, giving it a less refined, beach hippie kind of appearance.

Then there are those cabochons, or embellishments, on the straps: Do they look cheap or are they a nice, glam contrast to the leather. This juxtaposition could be very Alexander Wang…or a remnant of a horrible early aughts trend. Kristin Cavallari‘s favorite shoes are back, after all.

On Occasion: Of course, sometimes, we need shoes for specific purposes. This might be the perfect option for getting a mani and pedi. “I like them,” said another staffer. “For like a glamorous spa day.”

You’ve heard the pros and cons, now tell us: Are these sandals ugly or fashionably ugly, thereby making them cute?


Published at Fri, 19 May 2017 00:55:48 +0000

Liam Payne Just Kind of Dissed Harry Styles' Solo Music

Harry Styles‘ new music isn’t for everyone, not even his former One Direction bandmate Liam Payne.

Cheryl Cole‘s beau stopped by Music Choice to chat about a range of topics but things got a little dicey when he was asked about Niall Horan‘s new single “Slow Hands” and Harry’s “Sign of the Times.”

Liam called Niall’s track “great” and “cool” but boy did he not mince words when it came to his review of Harry’s debut single as a solo artist.

“I’ll be honest with you, it’s not my sort of music,” he shared. “It’s not something I’d listen to, but I think he did a great job of doing what he wanted to do. That’s the way I’d put it best, I think.” You think?

“I think that the funny thing is, [Harry] would say the same thing about me because he doesn’t really listen to hip-hop music, whereas it’s like my song’s more ‘Rack City’ and his song is more of a different era to something I’d listen to, I guess.”

Fair enough, Liam, and thank you for the clarification.

Just a few days ago, while promoting “Sign of the Times,” Harry explained to USA Today that writing his new album was “like therapy.”

“I was very much working out what I wanted the album to be up until picking the tracklisting, and I wanted people to go through that with me when listening to that, instead of picking a sound and writing ten of the same things.”

Well, it looks like Harry and his legions of fans are happy with his new music regardless of what any of his former bandmates think!


Published at Fri, 19 May 2017 00:25:00 +0000