What is Wrong With Me?
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This annoying thing happens to me every time an item either falls into or creates the fashion zeitgeist where I suppose defensively, I want nothing to do with the thing in question but then two seasons later, bam! There I am google-image searching and eBay perusing and Yoox moseying on a ripe scavenge for the very garment or shoe or sometimes but not frequently handbag that I deliberately, violently and previously eschewed.

Second-to-most recently, this happened with Isabel Marant’s knee high fringe boots (I found them on eBay last summer for $320), but then it happened again yesterday when I was looking at pictures from New Years Eve, marveling in the funny-ass tulips at the bottom of my consignment-shop-score Miu Miu pants from Fall 2010 (I got them for $44), when I said to myself, self, why don’t you wear more leg sleeves?

Leg sleeves, of course, spiraled into a salient memory from Givenchy‘s last Pre-Fall showing and so began a frantic search for the knee-high kankle boots that everyone had and exploited last Fashion Week season, will probably still have but opt not to wear this season.

And because Kim Kardashian is the ultimate, unwitting one-upper, she has them twice.

If I were to find them, would I actually get them? Could it be that they might become mine at a fraction of the initial price offering, which was a cool $1895?

These questions were no longer hypothetical when I did find them languishing on several sites unscathed from the surrounding sale price drop-offs which made the answer to my incipient question a definitive no: I would not get them. But then SSENSE showed them to me for 30% off this morning which was still not enough and here I am —

Look and re-looking at the below image figuring out how to approximate this look without forgoing a penny.


Does this ever happen to you? Please tell me it does.

[Givenchy Shark Lock Wedge Boots via SSENSE]

  • k

    ok, so these would be beautiful as prom shoes…

  • Yep, all the time. I had a friend who scoured the internet a year and a half ago–finally found the boots available at Colette in her size.

    However, a week later Kim K wore them. She still hasn’t worn them since.

    I bought that Clover Canyon purple intarsia brocade dress every fashion blogger was wearing last fall. Living in NYC, I feel weird wearing it since EVERYONE KNOWS WHERE IT IS FROM. I know it sounds superficial, it’s one of my favorite dresses.

    I don’t know why we do this, but find solace in the fact that it’s not just you.


    • And by “the boots” I’m referring to the aforementioned Givenchy shark boots you featured.

  • Marie Louisa

    come on, get them! they would really suit you

  • Keely Craig


    Why not only half-betray your taste in shoes for half the price?

  • isida
  • Cherie Gisondi

    I bought an exact replica called Damus by Enzo Anglioni for 160. I’m stopped all the time and peeps think they are Givenchy. I let them think it. They are pretty sweet and when I’m bored with them, I don’t feel guilty about price.

  • Cherie Gisondi
  • Cherie Gisondi

    Check the shoe store at Wynn in Vegas. They had them and they have sales all the time.

  • Cherie Gisondi

    Also, I saw the Givenchy boots in the shoe store in Wynn in Vegas. Call them, they might be on sale now.

  • Pallavi

    all the bloody freakin’ time!! gah!

  • afterDRK

    I am selling them in a size 39 (fits more like a 38) if you’re interested (and if we’re same size footed creatures obviously).

    • Leandra Medine

      I AM A 36, DAMMIT!

      • Gizelle

        You’re a size 36? with that height??? do you ever lose your balance?!

    • Leandra Medine

      More important q: WHY are you selling them?

      • afterDRK

        DAMMIT for sure! Selling because I easily don’t wear them enough. You know, Amsterdam and its freaking cobble stones.

        • Birkenstocks and New Balance for the win.

        • Dominica C

          same cobble problem in Antwerp. My heels are ruined after a night out !

        • Lailli

          are they still available? if so, please email me pictures and a price + shipping to Dubai. I’m dying for them laillimirza@gmail.com xx

    • Dominica C

      OMG ! My size !!

    • DanielleE

      @afterdark – can you please send price and shoe pics to Danielle.edgecombe@gmail.com. I’ve gotten the fever and we are the same size!

  • Guest

    They’ll look crazy cool on you. If anyone can style them it’s be you!

  • They are crazy cool. And if anyone could style them it’s you!

  • Cherie Gisondi

    The store is Shoe in in Vegas call them:) xoxo

  • The Spartaco
  • Gitil

    Yes. This is my life. Gotta have them..should have bought them..then they appear and I am not sure. You sound like me

  • Iliyana Licheva
  • Brittany
  • Funny you should mention these boots. My friend paid full price only to have those straps break. I was upset for her simply because I know she paid a grip for them. I feel like so many ppl have come out with this version. I love them too but I know I wouldn’t wear them enough.

  • For some reason these boots remind me of horse legs/hooves. Have since the moment I fist saw them. But if anyone could rock horse hoof chic…

  • My Chan

    Ugh I know right?! But I think you should get them.. on sale : )) xo


  • Haha, this actually happens to me ALL THE TIME. I don’t know how you guys feel about wedge sneakers, but I hated them for about two seasons straight, and then suddenly in September, I was like, “Oh my gosh, I NEED these in my life.” Weird, eh?

  • I still can’t get behind those boots, I just can’t. I think they’re hideous. Maybe in a few more years I’ll be broken down and want them.

    Best of luck finding them, though – and at a reasonable price!

  • FancySecrets.com

    Happens to me all the time

  • Dominica C

    the boots are fab. They were on my wishlist but then, Aurélie Ouedraogo (she’s a famous for her atletic/olympic skills in my country) wore them on a tv show and got blasted because she ‘dared’ to wear 1895$ boots !
    Newspapers said where they could be bought and found ; I had the ultimate ‘there goes my hard on’ feeling after that ‘fait divers’ .. The fact Kim K. had them too did not bother that much. It was this personal attack on a girl who is good at sports and hell yeah, loves a bit of fashion too. Some people really need to get a life and leave us to buy the stuff we long for, at whatever price ; at least, we keep the economy rolling !! Right ?

  • Lucy Giraldi

    i understand. Damn, I UNDERSTAND. Your Stella McCartney houndstooth blazer, I can’t find it nowhere. It’s my damnation. My epic win is the Acne Tate tux I scored on Farfecht last summer 50% off. Sometimes shit does not happen.

  • Sofia Rbt

    God, they are amazing :'( (and so expensive)

    Happy New year !

  • Hayley Middleton

    There is a certain thrill in hunting for highly recognised garments, items or prints a couple of seasons on. I myself am also guilty, shopping up big on Australian designers on eBay and I have found some great “middle aged”* pieces. I think as well once the hype and the trend have passed you’re able to style the garment or item more creatively; it seems less predictable. Had you purchased the Givenchy’s in seasons past any look would appear stagnant on account of the other fashionistas of the world having their say, but to see them again now once you’ve styled them your way would be welcomingly refreshing.
    *nil trendy, nil vintage

  • Rita

    The girl in the pic is Barbara Martelo, Spanish stylist. Besos!

  • Jennie

    Every day! I usually don’t have the cash money to spend on most trends while they’re current. I have to wait for mass retailers to corner the market. Right now I’m waiting for sequin sweatpants!

  • Clara
  • Hudson Berry

    It’s clear that you need to get customized leather leg sheaths, to be worn over any type of shoe, not just black leather wedges.

  • StyleinYourCloset

    Yes, when I start to finally realize I’m obsessed with a certain item it’s NO where to be found or the price is 3x the original. I start to lose my mind.

  • ashleymaciejewski

    This top. Givenchy. Yesterday. Thanks, V.T.

  • giftofthefab

    these very same boots. Yes, I have pondered them. I’m doing it now. Also, the so-ugly-they-work mink-lined Birkenstocks, in turquoise fur. The only thing holding me back is that I would become too big for this town instantly, just by wearing them.

  • I know the feeling! I always get into trends ether a season or two late. I think its because i prefer when all the “hype” about certain trends kind of die away. Then i can enjoy it more as its not in your face as much!

    Hayley xx

  • jas

    definitely. happens to me always. i want these givenchy boots so bad.

    reckless abandon

  • Amanda Orlando

    This always happen to me (each season there’s that ONE THING), and then I either a) buy it and wear the crap out of it to the point you’d think it’s the only thing I own b) buy it and never wear it c) buy it and then return it because I changed my mind after I hit “checkout” d) wait til fast fashion stores have cheaper, ill-fitting versions of whatever the item is and then buy it once it’s already on it’s way out and I look like I’m late to the party.