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Isabel Marant Can’t Wear Her Own Sneaker Wedges Anymore

Check out Beyonce's new shoes. The custom-made trainers / sneakers feature calf hair, as well as ostrich, crocodile, anaconda and stingray skins, with gold stitching. The 'King Bey' kicks, from US footwear brand PMK, were created for the R&B singer. Perfectly made describes this design best, said PMK CEO Andre Scott. PMK stands for 'perfectly made kicks'. They are said to mimic the southern belle's sweet and fierce persona, said the company in a statement. They were originally a pair of Isabel Marant sneaker wedges before being customized. The price of them has not been revealed but the Isabel Marant shoes retail for $350 USD without the changes. Animal rights' groups have blasted Beyonce for having the shoes made.

Depending on how you feel about the sneaker wedge, you have Isabel Marant to blame (or thank) for the most ubiquitous footwear in recent memory. But even Marant has taken all she can when it comes to the growing population of "super-ugly" wedge knockoffs out there in the world.

She tells Footwear News: “People want [the original]. I'm still selling a lot ... I don’t wear them as often as I [used to] because I see too [many bad copies] in the street. I’m not saying mine are the most beautiful shoes, but they have a certain [style].”

This isn't the first time she’s dissed the horror of "vulgar" sneaker wedge copies, but it's sad that she seems to have finally abandoned her own sneaker-wedge baby. It's a dream deferred for Marant, who, as a young French girl, stuck cork in her shoes, dreaming of the day a height-increasing sneaker would take over the street-style market.

If their own mother is abandoning them, is this RIP for the sneaker wedge? Maybe. But Marant already has designs for the next inexplicably popular, debatably chic shoe: the furry moccasin that can be worn sans socks, even in the winter — a guaranteed street-style hit.

Photo: Splash/PMKCustoms.com/Corbis

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