Leandra Medine's blog, The Man Repeller, always has us doubled over laughing at her biting commentary on some of our favorite styles, which unfortunately don't always translate well with the opposite sex. We recruited her to tell us about some of her favorite man-repelling fall shoe trends and have come to this conclusion: When there are shoes as awesome as these, who needs a boyfriend?
So what exactly is a "man-repeller"?
Man Repelling is defined by a woman's choice to outfit herself in a sartorially offensive but equally fashion forward way. This in turn leads her to repel members of the opposite sex. Such garments include but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls (see: human-repelling), shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs. Most common offenders are often present during Fashion Week and in MC Hammer music videos.
What is your day job?
Man Repelling is my day job. I'm also an undergraduate senior at Eugene Lang, the New School for Liberal Arts, and contribute to online publication Jewlr.com
How does one avoid man-repelling?
I can't imagine why one would want to prevent themselves from repelling men, but I suppose if she's lost her mind, she could shop at Bebe.
What trends will you never give up, even for a boyfriend?
Never will I ever give up my high-waisted vintage Levi's denim cut-offs. I don't mean for this to be a shameless Urban Outfitters plug, but it's true. Those babies stand by me through thick (with tights) and thin (bare legs).
Who are your style icons?
Katherine Hepburn, Dree Hemingway, Miroslava Duma, Alexa Chung and...Frank Sinatra.
The Man Repeller's Favorite Fall Fashion Trends
1. Fur-accented Shoes
Givenchy, Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler are showing shoes and boots with fur accents for fall. I've seen the trend creep up on several street style blogs whether ready made or DIYed and expect they will continue to appear well into next spring. For me personally, I think the idea of having fur outside one's shoes is anti-functional and perhaps somewhat confusing (Why are little puppies following me? No no, those are my shoes). Needless to say, this is the first of fall's most unique trends to which I will succumb. When has fashion ever been about function?
The brogue (also called the oxford) was a perfect and more masculine replacement for the ballet flat last season. Comfortable, chic, more durable than a ballet flat and inducing memory of the greatest musician to ever live (Frank Sinatra, duh), they've come back this season with good reason. Worn with trousers, leggings, jeans, tights, mini dresses, shorts, skirts et al., the brogue is fall's most versatile shoe.
3. Cowboy inspired booties
I'd rather slit my own throat than give up motorcycle boots for cowboy boots. The cowboy slash motorcycle bootie, however, is a different story. I saw these walking the streets of Paris when I was abroad last fall and in the last couple of months have seen them surfacing in some of my favorite New York shops (Barneys, Urban Outfitters, Opening Ceremony, Kirna Zabete). With the short heel making a major fall comeback, this particular shoe is perfect for girls looking for height while maintaining comfort.
Anything else we should know?
All that said, as a self-proclaimed expert in all that which is man repelling I am confident that our Y-chromosome counterparts will have the hardest time grasping the furry shoe and/or boot. The brogue may have put up a good fight, but at the end of the day, what is the motivation behind a shoe with fur on its outside?