What Is a ‘Bitchy, Pointy’ Shoe? And Why Are People Calling It That?

TREACHEROUS. INTENTIONAL. BITING. A little mean. “That,” said New York stylist Micaela Erlanger, “is a bitchy, pointy shoe.” She’s talking about this season’s spikiest footwear—flats, kitten heels, boots and stiletto pumps with toes so sharp, they’ll get confiscated by the TSA. “It’s a term I’ve [used] over the years,” said Erlanger of the shoes’ somewhat abrasive moniker, which has been popping up more often in fashion-world exchanges. “It represents a certain attitude.”

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