It’s 2012, and cyber fashions have been invading the high fashion runways for a few years now. Rick Owens is one of the industry’s most interesting leaders, and the fact that his clothes all reflect a certain industrial minimalism speaks volumes about the widespread acceptance this style now enjoys. Far from the cartoonish, blinky look that emerged from the British rave scene in the 1990s, today’s futurist has a wide world of refined options with which to assemble her wardrobe.
But designer clothing isn’t cheap and scoring deals is a skill every enthusiast must hone. Luckily, we’re currently in the midst of end-of-season sales which means CRAZY discounts from the big designers. It’s the perfect time to use your saved pennies to buy something special and well-made that while still pricey, would otherwise be out of reach.
Here are my picks for the best high fashion cyber shoes ON SALE right now across the internet, some marked down hundreds of dollars, and a couple steals for under $50!
On left : The sneaker wedge is currently making a big splash, and what’s not to love? The lift of a heel with the cushy comfort of a sneaker! Here we have a sporty example by Ruco Line, which is looking a lot like an updated Swear Alternative shoe with all the bulbous, ecstatic enthusiasm sucked out. All that’s left is a bold rave warrior who refuses to sacrifice style OR comfort. Discounted to $95 from $190 and all the whole sizes from 5 to 11 are still available. Get them on Yoox.
On right : These black and white babies are strongly inspired by past-season Gareth Pugh, the British price of avant-garde. At $90 this is a good opportunity to get his runway look. Still available in 8. At Modekungen.
On left : The Lux Stacked Wedge from Costume National may not be especially accessible, even being marked down from $965 to $483, but it’s great for inspiration. The combination of art deco surfaces and blocky asian details strikes a strong Neo-Tokyo tone. They would look great paired with a drapey cocoon jacket. I’ll be keeping my eye out for a knock-off pair! Check the zoom at Forward by Elyse Walker.
On right : Here are some party wedges by Enzo Angiolini you’ll be able to rock into October. Zebra-printed fur has been sliced up into strips, and the result reads more like TV static. It provides a great textural contrast to the fetishy-slick patent uppers for a look that says I’m bad-ass but also girly!’ Still available in sizes 7.5-10. Snap these up for $29.99 at Macys.com.
On left : The Type Z Rinny wedges have a sexy alien thing going on… smooth and textured leather for the classy cyber lady. Sultry, insectile style for $47.99. On Zappos.
On right : For the advanced cyber dresser, an all-white look is the next frontier. Remember Switch in The Matrix? The dedicated connoisseurs (and the gainfully employed) can indulge in this pair by Rick Owens, an ankle boot that is equal parts Tron Legacy and Marilyn Manson’s “Dope Show”. Still ZOMG-worthy at $548, at full price they’re $1,370 which simply does not compute! Check them out at Forward by Elyse Walker.
– Ariana Paoletti