Did Nina Ricci Rip Off Those Heel-Less High Heels From A Fetish Designer?

Remember those eye-popping Nina Ricci heel-less high heels? You can see someone try to walk in them here or get a closer look here. Well, it looks as if Ricci’s Olivier Theyskens may have gotten the idea from a more obscure fetish designer, Kronier. The outrageous Kronier line is decidedly fetishistic and probably best for those who like to encase themselves in rubber before heading off to the rave, and the Kronier boots look a lot like the Riccis. You can watch a video of Kronier’s heel-less boots dating back to 2006 here. In any case, there’s probably no one “inventor” of the heel-less shoe; Antonio Berardi did something similar in 2008. But it begs the question: Why do designers want to see women walk in shoes without heels?

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