Thursday, September 20th, 2007
Rant and Review: The Vincent Shoes’ Fall/Winter 2007 Line-up is Pure Evil
Vincent Shoes is an evil, evil company. Allow me to explain. Rant first, shoe review second.
I am the antithesis of style. I own four sets of shoesâ€”dress/work, sneakers, sandals and slippers. I own seven identical work shirts, and I don’t mean the type that have your name printed on them. Spending no time thinking about your wardrobe is liberating.
Then my baby daughter appeared. For some reason my wife wouldn’t let me buy identical outfits for the kid. I begrudgingly learned how to match clothes and style hair, and do a pretty decent job of it.
Then one day a Swedish shoe company sent me some toddler shoes to review.
Now, for the record, caffeine is the strongest drug I ingest, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say having a pair of Vincent Shoes is like shooting Heroin. Wikipedia lists heroin as the most addictive drug, so I feel comfortable declaring that owning these shoes is like being addicted to a major narcotic, but without the negative health effects.
First, the shoes obviously look really nice. I mean the kind of nice where the kid puts on her shoes as we’re heading out the door and I’m admiring the shoes while I ignore the gobs of jelly smeared on her shirt. And if I do notice, well, no worries, the shoes even things out. (*cough* Those red smiley face slippers shown above are fun instead of high fashion; keep reading for other shoe photos.)
Second, the shoes go with damn near any clothes my daughter wears. Sneakers and slippers aside, many can double as casual and dress shoes. I argue with my 3-year-old over which pair she should wear, not because of the weather, just because my favorite isn’t her favorite.
Third, my daughter can put on the shoes herself because Vincent has plenty of lace-free styles. I can’t definitely credit the company, but my Little Miss learned left from right after she began wearing Vincent. At first, I set a pair of shoes down for her in the correct orientation, then I got lazy and she just started doing it herself and asking, "Papa, are these shoes right?"
Fourth, the shoes stand up to wear-and-tear. I’m secretly hoping our second child is a girl because we will be reusing the shoes and I’m not comfortable enough with my masculinity to dress a boy in excruciatingly cute Mary Janes adorned with shiny red hearts. If we have a boy, then we’re just going to give him an ambiguous name such as Dale or Glen.
So, hey, let’s get to the review.
My dealer sent some more samples, this time from his fall/winter line-up. But first my wife and I argued over which shoes we wanted to review. It’s my blog. I win. Don’t argue with an addict.
FACE is a soft corduroy slipper (dubbed "indoor shoe") bearing a friendly non-commercial smile. The slippers have a rubber sole that provides a nice buffer against our hard, cold floors. There’s no question my daughter’s feet will stay snug and warm. If you don’t like the smiley face there are plenty of other indoor shoes, but come on, have some fun at home.
VIKTORIA is an ankle boot with a zipper closure. It’s similar in design to the ADAM, but with a different stitching pattern. My wife and I agreed it would look great on our little girl. Red, of course. It’s leather with a rubber sole.
WILLIAMâ€”A boy’s shoe for our girl? This was a must-have graduation from our first shoe, LINUS, which was our daughter’s favorite shoe. William is more formal, but has the same easy-on-and-off single Velcro strip.
A couple other perfect why-hasn’t-grandma-bought-these-yet-hint-hint winter shoes have a snowflake on the ankle. SARA the shoe and JULIA the boot. Yowza. It’s odd how a simple icon transforms the look of a shoe.