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Heels Come in Unexpected Cool Shapes This Fall

A series examining the outer edges of style.

What do eggs, elephants, and lighters have in common? They’re all different shapes of heels that you can buy this fall. Like many weird trends, you can blame this one on Vetements. Over the past two years, the Vetements booties with Bic lighters in the place of stiletto heels have become a huge street-style hit. In their wake, the backs of shoes have become increasingly sculptural and unexpected.

Of course, a trend this high-concept doesn’t come cheap, but it’s fun to look — and to imagine what sort of lifestyle might require spending nearly $1,000 on heels that spell “Call me” in French. Scroll ahead to check out the best strange-heeled shoes of the season.

The Heels That Started It All

Vetements Lighter-heel sock ankle boots
$1,250 at MATCHESFASHION

Trendy, yes, but if you’re a purist or Demna fan girl, this is your holy grail.

The Party Heel

kate spade Paisley sandals
$328 at Nordstrom

Glittery and ready for the holidays.

The Mid-Century-Modern Heel

Neous Brassia suede mules
$545 at Net-a-Porter

Chrome and wood will match your living room perfectly.

The Egg-Shaped Heel

Gray Matters Mildred Egg Sandal
$525 at Need Supply

Step on an egg without making a mess.

The Dumbo Heel

Dorateymur Pink Elephant mules
$435 at Farfetch

Tell your friends you got them at a trunk show. (Har.)

The Heel That Does All the Talking

Saint Laurent Opyum patent-leather pumps
$995 at Net-a-Porter

Call me, s’il vous plait? Bisous!

The Venetian Heel

The Row Adela mules
$1,190 at MATCHESFASHION

The Row took inspiration from the colorful vases of Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa to create these swirled, glass-like heels.

The Other Street-Style Favorite

J.W.Anderson Cylinder Heel Ballet Shoe
$1,050 at Need Supply

Not a Vetements girl? J.W.Anderson’s barrel-shaped shoes are also very popular among the street-style crowd.

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Heels Come in Unexpected Cool Shapes This Fall