How Should I Feel About the Ubiquity of Python Shoes?

Python shoes are everywhere. Have you noticed? Maybe it’s because I have been living in a bubble, but I’m taken aback by how popular the shoe is. An odd pair in a Chloé store is a fun touch, but this feels like a collective cry for help.

Rag & Bone Aslen Snake-Embossed Leather Tall Boots and Dries Van Noten Louis-Heel Leather Knee Boot

Rag & Bone Aslen Snake-Embossed Leather Tall Boots and Dries Van Noten Louis-Heel Leather Knee Boot

Chloé  Python-Embossed Combat Bootie and  Saint Laurent  Charlotte Python Pointed Bootie

Chloé Python-Embossed Combat Bootie and Saint Laurent Charlotte Python Pointed Bootie


See, the thing is that I just can’t decide if I like it or not. Python, unlike warmer animal prints and leathers (like leopard or a sleek leather in luggage), is very white, jarring against most outfits and fully dated. So is this a trend that we’ll all soon regret? Or should I be all for ignoring the taboo of following seasonal trends because, in the end, everything is temporary and embracing the absurdity of python is a way to accept the fleeting nature of existence?

Am I thinking too much into it? This is sort of like one of those songs that you’ve never heard before then all of a sudden, it’s EVERYWHERE before you get a chance to decide whether or not you like it. (I’m looking at you, Mz. Grande).

Gucci Emma Python Slide Mule

Gucci Emma Python Slide Mule

These Gucci slide mules are kind of wearing me down. I think I might love them?

And the dark brown spots on these Manolo slide sandals are large enough that they almost feel like an abstracted print designed after python.

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Giving In

If I AM embracing it, here are a few pairs that I could see myself with.

Brother Vellies Python Holiday Mule

Brother Vellies Python Holiday Mule

Brother Vellies- This kitten heeled mule has such a small profile that the python serves as a small but impactful accent in the overall look. I’d likely pair it with a wide leg trouser, so it’d truly just be a pop of python toe box when in motion. Or maybe posing for the ‘gram.

Yeezy Python Ankle Boot

Yeezy Python Ankle Boot

Yeezy- The oblong heel and fitted profile of the shoe makes this quite a statement heel. I don’t think you can rely on the python print itself being the special element in a design, and this silhouette really does it for me.

Chloé Scalloped Python Printed Boots

Chloé Scalloped Python Printed Boots

Chloé- The firey color-blocked gradient along the scalloped edge of this Chloé mule makes the python almost feel like a neutral in this design. The shoes got a retro feel and, again, the addition of the two other design elements gives it a distinctive point of view.