Back in the 16th century, a woman showed her status with the height of her highly-impractical platform shoes. In Italy, however, it wasn’t fashionable to show off your chopines, as the columnar platform shoes from the Renaissance were known. The higher the platform, the more fabric was needed for the dresses of upper-class women and courtesans so the skirt lengths wouldn’t be too short — therefore, the longer the dress, the wealthier the family. During the same period in Spain, women were all about showing off their decked-out footwear. Flashy, overly-decorated shoes peeked out from under the skirts of wealthy Spanish women.
In both countries, really high platform shoes were a way to show off one’s servants as well. A 16th-century woman needed at least two servants to maneuver around in her high chopines, but a little help from a man was also acceptable. This predicament is the reason men offer their hand to a woman today. The fashion of chopines died out in the 17th century, after explorers found new routes from Europe to the East, making Venice less important. The high-heel then became the footwear of choice for the wealthy and has remained so for women across economic levels. Interesting, huh? [Reuters] Keep reading »
Alexander McQueen may have become known as the designer with the most unwearable high heels, but perhaps we’ve forgotten about his great collaboration with Puma, which produced these edgy sneaker heels. We kinda dig! Check out the guy version (non-heeled, bien sûr) after the jump. What do you think? [OakNYC.com] Keep reading »
I can’t speak for the rest of The Frisky staff, but my own cooking skills are fairly limited. (And by “fairly limited” I mean eggs and pasta are about the extent of it.) It’s not that I’m not interested in learning how to cook, it’s more the fact that most of my hobbies revolve around shoes — as in I literally did ballet for the ballet slippers when I was younger — and that’s a rather hard habit to break. So when I met the Cook In Heels a few months back and she told me about the blog she was working on, I got pretty effing excited (and did a video for her about hot date food!). The pseudonymous chef posts recipe videos on FoodSexVideo.com every ten days or so, scattered sexy food content during the week, and hilarious, filthy little shorts, too. If red patent pumps can’t get a girl like me to cook, I don’t know what can … Keep reading »
Think Gen-Xers and nostalgic hipsters are the only ones wearing Dr. Martens these days? Apparently, they’re the uniform—quite literally—of a certain group of U.K. professionals. The cult-classic company has just started making shoes for the country’s post men (or post women; post people). The navy lace-ups come with a nifty “Royal Mail” imprinted on the heel. Now, what we want to know is: Can we get these cute kicks shipped internationally, please? [HighSnobiety.com] Keep reading »
I am dying to get my hands on one of these new shoe bras. I’m not sure how much support I’ll get, but I feel like they may come in handy if I ever meet a guy who has lost his shoes. Check out actress Louise Bourgoin modeling the sexy lopsided look for GQ France after the jump. (These are going to be huge at Victoria’s Secret — I’m sure of it.) Keep reading »
I’m not sure if it’s the winter doldrums that are inspiring designers or just causing me to notice, but the runways were full of chunky boots, perfect to stomp around the concrete city in. During Derek Lam’s Wild West-inspired collection, I fell in love with his modern take on cowboy boots, which were feminine yet hard and fashionably utilitarian. His footwear of choice wasn’t the only chunky boot on the runways for the fall 2010 season. Alexander Wang give his models a 5-inch round heel while Narciso Rodriguez’s mid-calf boots (left) were substantial, and both Tracy Reese and Peter Som paired their delicate designs with platform boots. Time to put away your skinny heels! Keep reading »
Sneakers are supposed to be less expensive than your fancy-schmancy heels, right? Well, it would depend on just how much you want your comfy kicks to make a statement. We already knew that Jimmy Choo was making sneakers, but did you know they were $600 a pop? We have no doubt that the wealthy and celebs will willingly drop that much (we know that Michelle Obama already does this). Yet the trendy sneaker market seems to be getting more pricey in general, in part due to the resurgence of the ’80s basketball trainer as a fashion item (thanks, Kanye). Remember the days when you could spend $40 for a cute and colorful pair? Now, even we admit that we’ve on occasion spent over $100 for some very chic sneakers that we felt we just had to have.
What about you—if you fall in love with a pair of sneaks, how much will you spend on them? How much is just too much? [Times Online] Keep reading »
We are in love with Kim Kardashian’s Free People boots that fold over completely and have a zipper down the side. But our love ends with the $358 price tag, which has just a tad too many figures. That’s where these suede shoes come in — with a number that’s affordable! For just $45, you’ll be able to take part in the trend, without forcing yourself to wear the boots everyday while forgoing lunch just to make up for the cost. [$45, Charlotte Russe] Keep reading »
Who needs to spend $795 on this pair of Alexander McQueen (RIP!) lace-ups when you can easily DIY ‘em for a teeny amount of money (not to mention a decent amount of fun!)? So, here’s how to do it: Dig up your old pair of bucks or lace-ups from back in the day (or for those who didn’t go through a massive tomboy phase, like myself, buy a cheapie pair here or here!)—any color will do, extra points for the ones with the red soles! When scouring for the perfect shoe, keep in mind that suede, in this case, is a very good thing (the paint will really stick to it!). Then get yourself some paints: I like fabric paints the best, like these. Pick four colors you’re into; reserve one to use as an accent color (meaning you won’t use too much of it). Check out the way the dark blue was used (sparingly), above. Either outside or in a space you don’t care about, get splattering! [Trend Hunter] Keep reading »