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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 08/27/2009

Hey Starlets, Give This Trend the Boot

By Liz Kelly

Sandra Bullock. (Getty Images)

A recent runway trend starting to crop up on red carpets is the pairing of clunky ankle boots with otherwise typically shape-hugging knock 'em dead dresses. Ill-advised for anyone not about to appear in a Pussycat Dolls stage show.

Not even perky Sandra Bullock -- at Wednesday's premiere of her new movie "All About Steve" -- can pull off this look. It doesn't help that Sandy's Lanvin dress isn't so knock 'em dead and appears to be two sizes too big and constructed from funeral parlor drapes. But even that might be forgivable were in not for the big black -- and in Sandy's case scuffed -- boots.

But lest you think I'm using the boots as an excuse to pick on Bullock, here are two young starlets who also followed Sandy's footsteps into booted ickiness:


Left: Scout Taylor-Compton at the premiere of 'Halloween 2.' Right: Sophia Bush on Aug. 20 in New York. (Getty Images)

For better or worse, celebrities often lead the rest of us lemmings over the fashion cliff. Think the Nicole Richie/Rachel Zoe-led army of maxi-dress wearing waifs. Let's hope the dress + bootie look goes the way of the mercifully short-lived high-waisted jeans look, but fast.

By Liz Kelly  | August 27, 2009; 10:50 AM ET
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Comments

It looks like Sandra Bullock tucked her red tablecloth into her shirt instead of her napkin then realized she was late for her bus and ran out the door.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | August 27, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

What td said.

The boots are the least offensive thing about the whole getup.

Posted by: byoolin1 | August 27, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

It also looks like she's wearing the ace bandage they make you wear after a boob job to keep the fake girls from settling too high.

In all three of those ladies, the outfits make them look about 2 feet tall.

Posted by: eet7e | August 27, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I can see wearing those ankle boots with opaque tights and a wool skirt/shorts in the fall but they look really, really awful with nice, flimsy dresses. And I've been seeing that a lot lately too and was hoping it was just a very short fad. Apparently, great minds think alike;)

Posted by: ropespin | August 27, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Sandra Bullock is one of my rare non-Latina celeb crushes. But in this bic, not so much. Bad angle, bad clothes, bad background. Kinda looks like Barbra Streisand's little sister.

Posted by: reddragon1 | August 27, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the bandage thing looks like she is trying to hide the cleavage the dress is designed to show off. If you are too embarassed to show the girls in public, don't pick a dress that puts them on display.

Posted by: epjd | August 27, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

"It also looks like she's wearing the ace bandage they make you wear after a boob job to keep the fake girls from settling too high..Posted by: eet7e | August 27, 2009 11:33 AM"

So, ee, purely out of scientific curiousity, what's the deal? Do the float away like helium balloons if not restrained?


Posted by: reddragon1 | August 27, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Really bad photo of Sandra Bullock - hair- make-up - wardrobe - are all bad.

Posted by: jezebel3 | August 27, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Spike-heeled ankle boots? Bleeeeghhh.

As ever,

Curmudgeon

Posted by: bmschumacher | August 27, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Have to agree. I'm normally a fan and I would tell a girlfriend if they were about to make a huge mistake. Too bad no one told Sandra. Looks like she just stepped out of the shower and put a big shiny red towel on around her dress. She even has a "shower hairdo". Short boots and short dresses...Not a fan.

Posted by: hodie | August 27, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"So, ee, purely out of scientific curiousity, what's the deal? Do the float away like helium balloons if not restrained?" --reddragon1

Hilarious! Though, er, I was kinda wondering the same thing. . . .

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | August 27, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Spike-heeled ankle boots... another remnant of the 1980s that should have stayed dead.

For some weird reason, Sandra's dress reminds me of a flag-twirler uniform: clashing, ill-fitting, cringe-inducing for the wearer -- she doesn't look too happy -- and just generally godawful.

Posted by: northgs | August 27, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Sandra doesn't look particularly happy about this get-up either.

Posted by: Jeannie8 | August 27, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm so happy for this post, Liz. Now can someone please validate my opinion that gladiator-type shoes are even MORE heinous than ankle boots?

Posted by: Trumance1 | August 27, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Ankle boots without jeans or other suitable pants don't look good on anyone, even skeletonesque models. Makes you wonder who designs this crap (it can't possibly be a woman or anyone who loves them).

Posted by: caroleg1 | August 27, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

This should have been addressed to "Tartlets." Short of stripper shoes, it's hard to imagine a trashier look. Let's call 'em "booty boots." They'll go well with whale tails (the exposed top of a thong from the rear) and "tramp stamps" (the tattoo often seen above and to the side of the whale tail). Beware the tramp stamp, girls - soon you'll have bingo wings like Liz and it won't look so hot.

Posted by: kabuki3 | August 27, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

"So, ee, purely out of scientific curiousity, what's the deal? Do the float away like helium balloons if not restrained?" --reddragon1

Me too. What is up with that? I can't even visualize it.

Posted by: chocolatetiara | August 27, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"I'm so happy for this post, Liz. Now can someone please validate my opinion that gladiator-type shoes are even MORE heinous than ankle boots?" -Trumance1

No, no. The most heinous type of shoe is when they add a PEEP TOE to the booty. It doesn't make any sense and is completely gross.

Posted by: em15 | August 27, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Agreed that it's not terribly flattering on anyone, but I'll admit that of the three I like that Scout girl's take the best of the three, possibly because the skirt is flouncy and does more to soften the straight-as-an-arrow-from-bust-to-ugly-shoes line.

Posted by: forget@menot.com | August 27, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

ok, since so many of you are dying to know, I'm getting out my stethescope so I can do a proper clinical consult....

The reason why a patient's breasts are bound after a breast augmentation surgery (for you lizards, aka boob job) is to prevent excessive movement of the breasts in the post-op period so that the tissues have time to heal and for the patient's comfort.

Posted by: hodie | August 27, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Doc, don't we refer to the procedure as embiggening?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 27, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Sandra looks like she was waiting tables in some steakhouse and a drunk ripped off her shirt so she grabbed some tablecloths to cover up.

Posted by: memphis1 | August 27, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Doc, don't we refer to the procedure as embiggening?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 27, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Nosy you are right and I think on another blog it would be "stretching the shoes".

Posted by: hodie | August 27, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Frankly, the outfits on Bullock and Bush are so utterly horrifying that I find it hard to even notice the footwear. Bullock's dress looks like it was constructed by an 8th grade home-economics student, and it never fit her properly. The waist on Bush's skirt is perilously close to her breasts, the blouse is dumpy, and the two pieces look bizarrely mismatched. Seriously, yuck.

Posted by: Malkyne | August 27, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Outstanding snark, Malkyne!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 27, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dr. Hodie!

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | August 27, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, sorry for the delay.

In my non-doctor, non-experienced encounters with such things..

apparently the pectoral muscles tend to contract post-surgery, so if the bandage isn't worn, the implants can wind up being more...um...neck-ward than intended. At least that's what my former boss told me when she got hers done. The way she dressed, it was almost as if she was trying to show off the bandage...

Posted by: eet7e | August 28, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

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