i used to be a huge fan of AsFour in the nineties when they were, well, four. but after the departure of the fourth member, kai - the one with the beard and moustache on only one side of his face - they've continued to create as threeASFOUR. their personal style is amazing. while rick owens and gareth pugh are killing it now, they have been around since the early nineties doing avant garde when the new york fashion scene was on the downhill.
these ankle boot/wedge/platform/monstrosities are the goddamn most comfortable shoes ever! you wouldn't think it just by looking at them, but seriously, they are maaaaybe one of the most comfortable shoes i have in my closet, next to my vans. they're ridiculously unbelievably lightweight and easy to walk in. although i love crazy high heels, i'm older now and i just can't put myself through the pain and discomfort of walking around all day in them. but these....these guys...i could maybe sprint in. and let me just warn you, they give you an extra 5" in height. awesome for petit girls, but i have to admit i sometimes feel awkwardly tall in them, almost herman munster-like. nonetheless, they are !*&$^!*#%#!*$&#@ awesome.
i haven't had many in california, but i was just reminded of L'Aduree over christmas when my cousin came home from paris and brought some back! i pretty much inhaled those suckers and then had to find some in LA. There's a place called Boule that gives L'Aduree a run for its money.
i highly recommend the pistachio, huckleberry, and lavender vanilla.