Menday: Acne Atacoma Black Metal Wedge

Who: 8 men’s style bloggers

What: Acne Atacoma Black Metal Wedge

Why: Became popular after Alexa Chung wore them and was an instant shoe crush for many ladies, including myself

Personally, I love the Acne wedge.  Seeing as how they retail for over $600,  I opted for the Jeffrey Campbell Alexa wedges instead and couldn’t be happier.  Plus, I get to feel tall, if only for a few hours.

Click here to see photos of how I wore them.

And read below to find out how the guys ripped, er, didn’t hold back on their feelings about the popular Acne Atacoma Wedge.

Shaun: In my personal attempt to try to find the attractiveness in these heels I have only justified why I don’t like them.  Heels are supposed to make the legs look more elegant, and by making such an abrupt finish at the foot you are doing quite the opposite.  And I’m sorry Ms. (Ms.?  Mrs.?) Chung, but what is with the socks?  You are taking what those heels make your legs lack to the next level.  Must I say more?


Kenyatte: Okay ladies….when I first saw these shoes the movie “Blades of Glory” came to mind.  If Chazz Michael Michaels saw you in these he might grab you and try to execute the Iron Lotus.  At $590, the price tag only adds insult to injury.  Seriously…someone hand me a bat so I can “Tonya Harding” the shit out of those shoes.  A platform wedge with metal accents is a great idea, just like the idea to duplicate Las Vegas on the East coast — but ladies…it’s all in the execution…ask anyone who’s gone to Atlantic City…


Nick: A few reasons to buy these for your friend:

1)  She’d be rad to go sneaker shopping with.  You wouldn’t have to use those stools with the angled mirrors, just have her stay close.

2)  Couple flashlights and a tap dancing lesson and you’d have a disco at every bar you walked into.

3)  How’s my makeup?  HEADSTAND!!!!

747s and mirror-trimmed shoes… keep ’em on the runways and off the streets.


Lawrence: Oh Lord, I knew something like this was on the horizon, but so soon?  I thought we were going to be eased into this.  Now I know Becs owns a pair of these so I will do my best to keep this as polite as possible.  There is absolutely zero redeeming qualities in footwear like this as far as I am concerned.  I won’t pretend to know what women think, but I cannot even remotely fathom what would motivate a female to purchase shoes like this.  They give off this Spice Girls meets Robocop vibe, which is not as complimentary as some people might believe.  Attractive women (i.e. Ms. Chung and Becs) should avoid shoes like this for it draws attention to their feet and their feet alone.


Dan: The 70s are on their way back baby!  I’m a little torn on these.  Sexy, yes.  Practical and versatile, not so much.  I like that their bulkiness can help a woman’s legs look longer and slimmer, not that Alexa Chung needs it.     Best, SB


Paul: Honestly, these just look ridiculous.  I’ll try not to go into these too hard, because Becca I know you’ve actually worn these on the blog, but honestly, on the strange & f-ugly scale, these are on the level of Uggs.  Just sayin…


Max: To wear those shoes, you must have a healthy sense of humor.  I like a girl with a sense of humor.


Will: When I first saw this shoe, one thought popped into my head, “Is this girl wearing Kiss boots?”  And while I am a fan of a few choice jams by the face-painted bunch (Lovegun is a hell of a tune), I would not be too keen on seeing these in person.  If not paired with the correct wardrobe, they have the high probability of coming off as far too goth. Granted, some black eyeliner can be sexy as all get out, but taking it a step further (no pun intended) with these wedges is a turn off. Plus, I imagine the lady opting for these would want to keep them on in bed, and unless she’s cool with me wearing my Red Wings to compete, I’d have to pass on that idea.


Did the guys get it right?  Shoutouts to Lawrence and Paul who recognized that I had previously worn the Jeffrey Campbell Alexa Wedges.

If you have ideas for what you want the men to hate on… or sound off on, please leave it in the comments section.  I will do my best to work it into an upcoming post.

As always, thanks for reading, and stay tuned for another Menday edition next week.

xo, Becs

23 Responses to “Menday: Acne Atacoma Black Metal Wedge”

  1. January 18, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Those shoes are fierce, darling!


  2. 2 KM
    January 18, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I’m also a fan of the shoes, even though I personally would have a hard time pulling them off. Loved reading this post…definately cracking up at the Tonya Harding reference!

  3. January 18, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    When you brought these home, I have to admit I totally wanted them in the nude color but was too lazy to go get them. These wedges were enticing because they offer mucho height in a comfortable way versus a 5 inch skinny heel- which I wear but need to also brace myself for those experiences. If I wanted some height, I’d grab these without thinking twice about what my feet were going to endure for the day. Yes, they’re harsh, but it’s not like you’re going to wear them with a cocktail dress. It’s all in the styling and when done right, they give a look that extra bonus edge. I also like the fact that not everyone can pull these shoes off so if you can, it makes it all the radder as you pass by those said people looking at you strangely.

    Great feedback, guys!

  4. January 18, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    lol these guys are hilarious! i wonder why it is that females see things so differently than males? esp when it comes to fashion.
    i loved this post becca!

  5. January 18, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I love these guys! I do have to agree with them, too… sorry to say, but this is one trend I can’t fully get on board with.

    Becs, this feature is great! I really appreciate a man’s point of view sometimes. Even though, oftentimes, I hear it and then release it because most guys have no idea wtf they’re talking about. 😛

  6. January 18, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    LoL, these guys are hilarious! But even though they all seem to hate the shoes, I still love them and desperately want a pair!

  7. January 18, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    You know these shoes look ok on some fierce girls but I want to admit I always thought these things were hideous, they are not my style and look bland and chunky to me. I don’t know what’s the appeal of these things, honestly I don’t get them O.o

    Much love,
    Glendy 🙂

  8. January 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    hahha, such funny comments from those men. i am starting to appreciate mondays for a whole new reason now. all there points are totally valid and true… what is it with use girls these days and liking monster shoes like that?? they seriously are sooo beautiful though!!! love the steve madden ones that you got (and love how you wore them)…. ahh… despite with the men say I think we will still all go on loving ridiculous things like those insanely expensive acne shoes. great post!! xx

  9. January 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    AH this is such a cute post. i don’t care what they say. i love those atacomas. you and alexa rock the hell out of them!

  10. January 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I must say I’m not at all surprised at the comments above. Men rarely like our outrageous footwear for precisely the reasons we do.
    Although the 747s line was great, best comment goes to Max.
    In fashion we must not take ourselves too seriously.

  11. January 18, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    great idea darling. clever girl! i love how skeptical men are towards fashion. it shows how girls often dress up for each other. which i find to be really nice. i love those wedges- but i dont think i would be able to walk in them. looks great on you thougH!
    have an amazing week. love your blog

    xx ediot

  12. January 18, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    lol that was kind of expected, i guess the fact that the shoes are not sexy is a real turn off. We cant be sexy all the time, we need days off. I don’t think anyone has suggested anything yet so im going to put it out there, what about the Alexander Wang Coco duffel bag, i love making suggestions lol

  13. January 18, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    So they didn’t like them, but I completely agree with your sis’s response.
    Also the robocop comment cracked me up!

  14. 14 Clare
    January 18, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    WEll, I am going to have to admit I am with the guys on this one and NOT because i think these shoes would be ugly on everyone, but i do think they would be so ugly on me. Just because I have extreme bird legs. So shoes with that much clunk would just make me look like a flamingo wearing cinder block shoes… not cute

  15. January 19, 2010 at 4:42 am

    I adore these shoes and its soo interesting to find out what guys think of our fashion items : ) Another brilliant post Becs! Looking forward to next weeks Mendays post! : ) xx

  16. January 19, 2010 at 7:56 am

    i love these shoes and you wear them so well…Really want some of my own but im more than sure i wouldn’t pull them off well (and ive seen a few ppl who don’t)!! Anyway YOU DO and i love em!! really enjoyed reading this post, very humorous!!

  17. 18 becs
    January 19, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Thanks everyone for the great feedback. I’m glad you find the guys’ responses amusing!

    xo, becs

  18. 19 Tamara
    January 20, 2010 at 5:11 am

    Oh, Becs, I love our mendays! So funny, hehe. I knew they would totally hate this, and that the socks wouldn’t help either… I like them, anyway and u rocked them! 😉

  19. February 7, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    LOL! there should be more like that! loved reading you! AND relate to oh so many things 😉

  20. February 7, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    um wha!? I posted in the wrong spot! meant to say the above @ –> “let’s get to the point” lol
    well, someone needs to go to bed now!
    cool wedge though 😉

  21. May 5, 2010 at 11:53 am

    lol,i agree with max.

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