Let’s Discuss These Pink Jeffrey Campbell Barbie Wedges, Shall We?

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I never played with dolls. And I’m not saying that to get a reaction out of you. I literally never played with them. Not a Barbie, not a Ken, not even a mouse. I liked solving puzzles and playing board games and dancing in my bedroom to “Rock Around the Clock,” which I owned on vinyl because didn’t all kids?

I was faced with this Mattel void later in life when, during a babysitting job, I was asked by a 5-year-old girl if we could play with Barbies. “Sure, that sounds fun,” I responded, unsure of what I’d actually agreed to. I then ran into the kitchen, picked up the receiver, and phoned home for help.

Last week a pair of Jeffrey Campbell’s Stride Bright, Stride Far Wedges (that’s them above) landed on my desk. Well, someone else’s desk. But I grabbed them before they had a chance to pull them out of the box and said, “I need to see these immediately.”

There’s obviously a bit of shock value at play — and the sight of a body-less Barbie stuck inside a pink fashion accessory sparks some pretty interesting conversations about the deeper meaning behind the design — but I just wanted to play with the six-inch dollhouses. Finally, right?

+ How do you feel about them? Are they creepy? Cool? Sound off in the comments!


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About Rebecca B

Rebecca is an L.A.-born (and raised!) New Yorker that now calls the Bay Area home. She lives on the Internet, still hearts ‘90s gangster rap, and does some of her best vintage shopping in her mom’s closet. Also: These are not her glasses.

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  1. Rachel 05/26/2014 at 8:52 am #

    I had a huge collection of Barbie dolls when I was younger and recently when my brother asked if he could use one of them in a design project (he’s in animation and was looking to use one of them to model a character design around) I still found the idea of him dissecting one of them horrifying. I understand that these shoes could be making some sort of comment on the position of women in the media and continued presence of the patriarchy yada yada but as a casual observer I personally just find these creepy.

  2. Charli 05/26/2014 at 9:54 am #

    I do think they’re kind of creepy…but I still want them!

  3. Megan 05/26/2014 at 10:38 am #

    I think they’re super creepy, and also ugly. Sorry!

  4. BikePretty 05/26/2014 at 12:32 pm #

    They are great. They wouldn’t be as awesome without the creepiness. The pink suede is kind of terrible, but it doesn’t matter one whit. It’s pretty effing cool that JC made what amounts to mass-produced art that is actually affordable (by artwork standards).

  5. Sydney Duprey 05/26/2014 at 2:17 pm #

    I think they’re pretty cool!!

  6. MonicaP 05/26/2014 at 7:17 pm #

    Seems like shoes for Lady Ga Ga, no? Sorta creepy, but I can see these being fashionable for the carefree gal.

    Monica, http://www.pear-shaped-gal.com

  7. Amber 05/27/2014 at 1:40 pm #

    Creepy! I mean, they’re definitely interesting, but I would never spend that much money on shoes that aren’t for every day wear.

  8. Katharine Ellis Tapley 05/28/2014 at 6:45 pm #

    I think they’re both creepy and cool. I wouldn’t wear them in a million years, but as…well, I guess as a piece of modern sculpture, they’re kind of neat.

  9. Bronwyn 05/31/2014 at 6:58 am #

    I’m dying for them. I prefer the black ones with the ankle strap. The creepy factor is necessary – think of the conversations they would spark. Oh to own a pair…

  10. Beth 06/01/2014 at 9:00 pm #

    These shoes are a statement piece (being a statement piece does not always qualify as ‘art’, by the way), and the statement is “I like plastic doll heads underfoot. To stand on. With their pink hair all wrapped round and round….” Um, yeah, rather darn creepy! 🙂 But I do actually like the pink suede part, perhaps it should have been left at that?!

  11. Brittany 06/10/2014 at 12:22 pm #

    I love it, it’s fun great conversation starter and does say something on a more ‘intellectual’ type way I guess. That price too much fore me but if I could, I’d buy them… Or maybe a pair with ken’s head inside?

  12. courtney roberts 09/12/2014 at 5:59 am #

    i think they are really nice and pretty but the dolls creep e out

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