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What: Payless recently unveiled their Christian Siriano for Payless shoe collection at the designer’s Spring ’11 runway show at New York Fashion Week. The collection is designed to match Siriano’s ready-to-wear line that is inspired by the elegance and opulence of African, Indian and Chinese culture. The names for each pair of shoes in Siriano’s Payless collection is inspired by international cities in each region: Shanghi with its heavy Chinese influence; Mumbai inspired by Buddhist temple architecture; Nairobi heavily influenced by the neckpieces worn by the women of the Padaung tribe of Southeast Asia; and Zanzi, a bootie that features strong African influences. What They Say:
“My runway shoes for Spring ‘11 meld cultural influences from Africa, India and China together into a single design aesthetic. Since the apparel for Spring is very feminine and pretty, I really wanted the shoes to form a harder, edgier contrast. I love working with the Payless team — we design powerful shoes with great impact for the runway and then together create fabulous designer shoes that embody my runway inspirations and details — a collection of unique and wearable designs for today’s modern woman.”
What We Say: We like Christian. We really think he is amazingly talented and we give Payless “mad props” for trying to up their game. However, we don’t know a single person who owns a pair of Christian Siriano for Payless Shoes (if you do, PLEASE COMMENT BELOW). We’ve tried them on a couple of times and, frankly, they’re not comfortable (estimated time to bunion when wearing the shoes: less than 1 week).