“I prefer shoes that undress to shoes that dress. A successful shoe is a shoe that accentuates nudity. The woman remains entirely nude when she wears those shoes. The shoe becomes the privilege of nudity … If you are very chic you might not need an extra drop of chicness, so you go for the sexy side and buy my shoes because they are … tarty. We get very smart women coming in and buying a pair to feel a little more sluttish. And then, thank God, we also get the hookers coming in the store, who buy my shoes because they are superchic. You see, whatever you have, if you add a drop of the opposite, then it just becomes a little more sexy.”
– Famed shoe designer Christian Louboutin explains why chic women, smart women, and hookers buy his shoes [The Cut]
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“I prefer shoes that undress to shoes that dress. A successful shoe is a shoe that accentuates nudity.”
– Shoe designer Christian Louboutin, who I am pretty sure accomplishes his goal of undressing the wearer by making the footwear so painful, you can’t stand to keep them on! Keep reading »
Oxford shoes are all the rage this season, and your feet should be thankful. You no longer have to manage walking and keeping your foot inside the narrow toe box of a pump, or you can simply forgo wearing heels altogether. But how exactly do you wear these boyish shoes … well … without looking like a boy? We’ve got some outfit tips for flat and high-heeled oxfords.
Running in heels is a talent — one which my boyfriend is very happy that I possess, because somehow we’re always running late. But I never knew that my skill could earn me prizes. I also never heard about the National Stiletto Championship run. Boy, I was missing out. Over the weekend, 96 women took to the streets of Paris for the marathon in heels at least three inches high to show their running skills. Over a course of 196 yards, they competed for the chance to earn over 3,000 Euros worth of shoes. So, when you think about it, ruining one pair for countless others is totally worth it. Yes, there is always the potential for stiletto accidents, but never fear, the Red Cross was on the sidelines watching for heel-related injuries. Get to practicing for next year! [Independent] Keep reading »
You probably don’t think a lot about how your shoes are made … until, that is, you’ve been standing in them for two hours and you’re thinking in dire agony, What the eff kinda person thought these heels would carry me through the day … or the next two blocks?! Despite the painful downfalls of the high heel’s structure, there’s quite a bit of science that goes into the design in order to make the shoe work. Balance must be achieved, and a reinforced shank must be perfectly placed and angled in order to evenly distribute weight.
Ask Christian Louboutin or Manolo Blahnik about their wares, and you might get the impression that they’re physics experts more than they are fashion designers. Blahnik tells the New York Times, “‘Balance is the most important aspect of creating a 115-millimeter heel. To achieve it, I use a compass, a ruler, my eyes and my hands.’ Some designers now use a CAD, or computer-assisted design, system in their work but Mr. Blahnik said he would rather do everything himself — ‘I am a traditionalist,’ he said.” Keep reading »
First, there was Lindsay Lohan and her preposterous line of leggings. Then came mom Dina Lohan and her “Shoe-han” shoe line. SHOE-HAN? In internet-speak, I say: WTF? Now, some anonymous individual has taken it upon himself/herself to pen a faux-Dina shoe blog featuring some wackadoddle styles that would be just perfect for the 2010 Shoe-han collection set to debut on Mother’s Day. There are the Denise Richards “It’s Complicated” gold pumps, the garbage can stripper shoes, and the My Pretty Pony patent leather heels. I hope we aren’t limited to one pair. I WANT THEM ALL. [Shoehans] Keep reading »
If these shoes are a question, the correct answer is yes. Jimmy Choo did H&M; now, Louise Goldin does Topshop. We love these studded pumps that look like porcupine spines for your feet. They come in chrome too and are a toned-down version of what Goldin’s models wore on the runway, sans crystals. We’ll take every color they’ve got, please. [MYKROMAG] Keep reading »
If conceptual fashion is wearable art, then the runway is the museum it stays in. Some designers present collections with saleability in mind; others like to make a point by going the artsy route, in which case what lands on the shelves might not be quite what you saw at the fashion shows. Apparently not so in Alexander McQueen‘s case. When his extreme platform heels recently came down the runway in Paris, they garnered a lot of attention—but did we ever once think that these shoes weren’t just for show and were, gulp, available for sale? Keep reading »
Old-school sneaker line Vans might be more masculine by design, but has long since become unisex by reputation, seeing as the skater boy kicks are just as popular with the skater girls. (Or any type of girl, for that matter.) Now the company is coming out with a new model for its spring collection made just for women. “The Sophie” brings the sneaker to a slightly fancier level by streamlining the design and adding the teeniest, tiniest of heels. Styles include the traditional Vans checkerboard, a black and white saddle shoe, or a blue faux denim.
What do we think of the Sophie? Prefer your Vans the way they are? Check out pics from the rest of the line after the jump! [PSFK] Keep reading »