It’s not a shoe that one can easily afford, so I apologize in advance for the hefty price tag you’ll find at the bottom. Yes, it’s a wicked stubby platform heel, but I wanted to write about it for other reasons: its uncanny resemblance to Charles and Ray Eames furniture.
Eames Lounge Chair (1956)
It’s a resemblance that’s probably intentional as Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez cited “mid-century road-stop architecture” as a starting point for the spring collection. There are references to 1950s and ’60s design materials, at the time thought to be inspiring and groundbreaking — and they were, of course — that are so deliciously irresistible.
Molded Plastic Armchair (1948)
The curved wooden platform resembles the stained curved plywood of the iconic Eames Lounge Chair and its soft black leather is about as inviting as the cushions on the comfy recliner. The little stubby heal adds that element of lightness to an otherwise heavy form.
Then there is the delightful orange version, with the molded leather paralleling the innovative moulded fibreglass (now plastic) design of the famous shell chair. It’s the curves, the materiality, and the palette, that make these Proenza Schouler shoes inspire our (well, my) domestic senses, perhaps adding an element of nostalgia to the mix (maybe for our grandma’s house).
$1447.14 at Saks Fifth Avenue.