[Note: Many of the styles originally posted here are now sold out, so I will be marking those as sold out when I see that they are no longer available and updating with new heel-less styles at the end of the post.]
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s really like to walk in Lady Gaga’s shoes, now is your chance. The megastar is known for wearing extreme footwear like shoes made of meat and those risque American Idol shoes, but she seems to have a special preference for gravity-defying heel-less shoes. We’ve seen heel-less shoes before on Victoria Beckham, who wore Antonio Berardi during an appearance in 2008, and we saw them on the Nina Ricci runway in 2009, but Lady Gaga’s heel-less shoe designer of choice is Noritaka Tatehana from Japan. When asked about his newfound notoriety from Gaga wearing his shoes, Tatehana says “The hardest part is getting all of these emails from 15 year-old Lady Gaga fans. They tell me they love my shoes but can’t afford them, so they ask me to just send them a pair. I don’t know what to say to them.” Well, fear not — now there’s a much less expensive option for anyone who dares to wear these:
Sole Boutique Saffo Night Walker [sold out] for $120 at Karmaloop.
Sole Boutique The Mather Night Walker [sold out] for $130 at Karmaloop. Also available in black patent.
Sole Boutique The Cora Night Walker [sold out] in red zebra for $130 at Karmaloop.
I think it’s probably good that the bottom part of these shoes extends a bit further back, which I imagine would increase the stability — a bit like training wheels. Hey, even a trained professional like Gaga is known to fall from time to time.
If you’re a brave soul who must own a pair of these, you might want to act fast. There was another heel-less shoe knockoff in leopard (Magic Leopard Platform Heels) available at NastyGal last month and it sold out very quickly. And you might want to save a little money too, right? Use coupon code SAVE20 to get 20% off $100 and free shipping (first time users only) or try ROCKIT for 15% off (expiration unknown).
Updates: Another heel-less option is the Jeffrey Campbell Night Walk, available for $169.95 at Envishoes [sold out]. Update: Urban Outfitters has this style for $199. Solestruck has the Night Walk in a wide assortment of color options for $169.95. Karmalooop has various color options starting at $168.
The Jeffrey Campbell Str8up for $160 at Karmaloop.
Jeffrey Campbell Prickly in pink for $226 at Karmaloop [sold out].
Jeffrey Campbell Prickly in beige for $219.90 at Akira.
Jeffrey Campbell Night Nail for $175 at Nasty Gal.
Jeffrey Campbell Night Lita in glitter for $194 at Karmaloop.
Jeffrey Campbell Moonwalk for $190 at Karmaloop.
Jeffrey Campbell Contain for $198 at Karmaloop.
Black Milk x Jeffrey Campbell Night Lita in Rainbow Galaxy for $249.95 at Solestruck (pre-order).
Sole Boutique Bettie Page Chablis for $150 at Karmaloop. Also available in pink and gold.
Update: 4 colors of the Jeffrey Cambell Vicious are available at Solestruck for $209.95, including this pink and black version [sold out in 2 pink versions]. Nordstrom has the Vicious-N in pink and black for $194.95, but few sizes are left [sold out]. Eilatan has the fuschia / black version and red / zebra in stock.
The Jeffrey Campbell Tick goes heel-less with the Jeffrey Campbell Night Tick, available for $244 at Karmaloop.
Black Milk x Jeffrey Campbell Night Lita in Sick of Men (pictured), Rainbow Galaxy, or Bone Machine patterns on preorder for $249.95 with free shipping at Solestruck.