Bizarre furry footwear on Celine catwalk gets style set"s seal of approval – but is it the ugliest fashion trend ever?

Bizarre furry footwear on Celine catwalk gets style set's seal of approval – but is it the ugliest fashion trend ever

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22:37 GMT, 3 October 2012

What Phoebe Philo designs, women usually want. And end up buying.

The designer, now in her fourth year at the helm of Celine, sent out a spring collection of covetable, cool, loose-fitting clothes; which were paired with outlandish furry shoes. And there is nary a negative review in sight.

But her mink-lined
leather sandals, and pumps covered in red, lavender and Big Bird-yellow mink felt more like a 'the joke is on you' than a viable option for the shoe rack.

Big Bird: Phoebe Philo now in her fourth year at the helm of Celine, sent out a spring collection of covetable, cool, loose-fitting clothes; which were paired with outlandish furry shoes

Big Bird: Phoebe Philo now in her fourth year at the helm of Celine, sent out a spring collection of covetable, cool, loose-fitting clothes; which were paired with outlandish furry shoes

And when fashion's top critics have nothing negative to say about your fur-lined slip-ons and hairy blue sandals, perhaps you severely underestimated the height of the pedestal you already knew you were sitting on. But then again, Ms Philo probably didn't.

The 38-year-old designer also included flesh-toned heels
with built-in toenails painted red, giving an illusion of clear-plastic stilettos showing off the model's perfectly pedicured feet.

Meanwhile the fur-covered stilettos and their fuzzy flashes of colour encompassed the foot much like a furry tea-cozy might cover a teapot.

The fur-lined flat sandals, designed in a Birkenstock vein, seemed to be a hit with The New York Times' Cathy Horyn

She wrote of her collection: 'I guess Ms. Philo didn’t feel like getting dressed. Seriously,
though, who wouldn’t be tempted to throw a big housewife yawn at all the
noir-satin looks on the runways Who wouldn’t want to wear furry
slippers all day'

Fuzzy: The designer's mink-lined leather sandals, and pumps covered in red, lavender and Big Bird-yellow mink felt more like a 'the joke is on you' than a viable option for the shoe rack

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Fuzzy: The designer's mink-lined leather sandals, and pumps covered in red, lavender and Big Bird-yellow mink felt more like a 'the joke is on you' than a viable option for the shoe rack

Tea cozy or trendy The fur-covered stilettos and their fuzzy flashes of colour encompassed the foot much like a furry tea-cozy might cover a teapot

Tea cozy or trendy The fur-covered stilettos and their fuzzy flashes of colour encompassed the foot much like a furry tea-cozy might cover a teapot

Tea cozy or trendy The fur-covered stilettos and their fuzzy flashes of colour encompassed the foot much like a furry tea-cozy might cover a teapot

Applauded by critics: The fur-lined flat sandals, designed in a Birkenstock vein, seemed to be a hit with fashion's top critics

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Applauded by critics: The fur-lined flat sandals, designed in a Birkenstock vein, seemed to be a hit with fashion's top critics

While Jo-Ann Furniss, writing for Style.com, positively commented: 'The shoes were key to this collection:
furry, witty, unhinged. In a mostly black and white offering, they
disrupted any notion of sobriety. Predominantly flat – yet with some also rather remarkable fur-covered stilettos.'

While it is true that comfort can sometimes be the most luxurious thing that fashion could offer, Ms Philo's fury-lined pool shoes and fuzzy pumps have most likely been decribed everything other than ugly because, well, love is blind.

If the Philophiles, as they've been coined, wriggle their toes into the Mink and out the shop door, it will be the designer herself having the last laugh, no doubt.