The most bizarre trend to come out of Spring 2013 Fashion Week is definitely outside-the-box footwear. The fashion crowd is known for wearing shoes that the rest of the world finds a bit crazy, but these looks go beyond the usual footwear fodder.
Celine Spring 2013: Trompe L'oeil
We're starting off with a bang because this trompe l'oeil foot on a foot is pretty much the weirdest shoe we've ever seen. There have even been allegations that the design was racist at worst, non-inclusionary at best, since it was only shown in pale white "skin tone."
Celine Spring 2013: Elmo
I'd honestly like a statement that no furry puppets were harmed in the making of this collection. Someone put Elmo in witness protection for when Steve Madden comes looking for him.
Celine Spring 2013: Big Bird
With the stiletto heel, this shoe most resembles those cheesy "boudoir shoes" lingerie sites hawk and Carrie tries on Sex and The City to spice things up with Berger.
Celine Spring 2013: Cookie Monster
If this isn't a blue fur covered Birkenstock I don't know what is. Do we think people will really wear these? I'm betting on the personal style bloggers.
Prada Spring 2013: Half Shoe
Is there a less flattering way to showcase the human foot? I don't think so. Prada gives Celine a run for its money in the unattractive spring 2013 shoe stakes.
Prada Spring 2013: Silver Sock Platform
This shoe actually doesn't look so bad after seeing all the rest of these does it? This was actually the first of these shoes I laid eyes on and at the time it was appalling.
Prada Spring 2013: Pink Sock Pump
What you may not be able to see from this image is that there are toes on this shoe. Like, those creepy toe socks that give me sensory issues every time I think about them? This is the shoe version.
Vivienne Westwood Spring 2013: Wild Platform
Leave it to Vivienne Westwood to rely on crazy prints to amp up the attitude of her already kick-ass platform boots.
Alexander McQueen Spring 2013: Cage Match
Glitter, a tiny peep toe, cagey patent leather and gold tinsel encased in a lucite platform, there is almost enough going on in this shoe for you to not realize how absolutely impossible it would be to walk in.
Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2013: Corsetry
One element that kept Gaultier's pop romp through the 80s modern was the footwear, they definitely didn't have shoes like these in the 80s. Gaultier took his famous flare for corsetry and applied it to everything — even the shoes.
Givenchy Spring 2013: Avant Garde
The shoes at Givency were more like multimedia objet art than footwear. This example features a lucite upper with a sculptural take on the conical heel.
Yohji Yamamoto Spring 2013: Flat Chance
Yohji Yamamoto was one of the designers who favored a flat shoe for Spring. He sent out a plethora of utilitarian offerings, the most unique of which were these boots reminiscent of paper-bag waist pants.
Carven Spring 2013: Bloody Brilliant
Okay, that's actually a red toile print from the collection on this shoe, but does it not look like blood? A heel that oversized could do some damage.