So Chrisitan Siriano, my favorite Project Runway star, has been making shoes for Payless. We know this already, correct?
I missed his spring 2009 collection completely, but found out about the whole thing in time to grab the shoes I feel were the best from the fall 2009 (at bottom of post). Again, the Payless version, not the original. I am but a lowly editor and do not make the mad monies. Besides, I like the dumbed-down Payless version a bit more anyway. They’re more realistic for the places I’ll be able to wear them.
I was pretty put out when I realized Christian was making a signing/new shoe previewing stop at a mall nearby. Of course, during my work hours yesterday. I stopped by Payless the day before and heard a salesgirl whispering to some customers about his shoes, then usher them to the back. Argh.
I’ve seen the runway versions already for 2010:
I know, I know. Ewwww, Payless. Before recently, I had purchased one pair of shoes there in my lifetime, and I returned them a few days later. I find their shoes to be generally cheap and uncomfortable. But I was pleasantly surprised when I ordered these from Siriano's fall line: