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Jean-Charles De Castelbajac Takes “Kitten Heels” Literally

Definitely not for the dog-loving fashionista, these Jean-Charles de Castelbajac leopard heels are perfect for the shoe freak who wants to take her footwear to a whole new level. I’m sure I’ve seen shoes that look like cats before, but I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a pair that has actual tails. In case you’re still unclear on the concept, Colette describes the collection from whence they came as: “Leopard print, Muppet Show, Warhol, three themes issues with a lot of humor for a colored Pop show made with over-size Kermit, faces dresses and rubicube down jackets.” I’m sure that cleared things up for you. And they’re a steal at a mere €510.00! That’s around $750. [Colette]
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High Heels Mess With Posh’s Posture?

OK, so maybe all those “high heels can kill you!” stories are a bit extreme, but wearing 4-inch stilettos everyday could potentially do a number on your posture. At least that’s what Victoria Beckham claims, although this sounds like a case of paranoia—she’s been “concerned” that wearing high heels over all these years has given her a hunch, so she’s has reportedly incorporated Alexander Technique into her fitness routine to correct her body. So what’s Alexander Technique? Keep reading »

Collagen Injections Not For Your Lips, But For Your Feet

Recently it seems that high heels are causing more trouble than ever. From all this news about stilettos causing health problems and ladies getting crazy foot surgery, you’d think that women would just give up and switch to flats. Alas, pumps will never go out of style, and ladies will never stop enduring the pain to wear them. The latest craze in combat is injecting collagen into the balls of one’s feet. The protein (same kind as the one that plumps lips) forms a cushioned pad on the bottom of the foot, supposedly making stilettos and the like feel more comfortable. [Ugh, sort of like those Dr. Scholl's pads you can buy. In your foot. -- Editor] In Britain, reports the Daily Mail, “Doctors say that the number of women opting to have collagen feet fillers has increased five-fold in the last year.”

The collagen pads only last for a couple of months, so you need to keep coming back for more. What’s worse? Sticking a needle into the bottom of your foot every two or three months or enduring the pain of 5-inchers for two or three hours? [Daily Mail] Keep reading »

Wedges That Take Stripper Heels To New Heights!

Someone should tell the craftsman who whittled the lil’ pole dancer on these 7″ wedges that stripper heels are usually made of clear plastic. But, hey, whatevs. The $175 price tag on eBay is a steal for such an, um, unique item. (Although we’re pretty sure falling off 7″ tall shoes will break your neck.) [Trend de la Creme] Keep reading »

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Running In Heels Is Painful, But Worth It

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 »

Stilletology: The Science Of High Heels

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 »

Alexander McQueen’s Crazy Shoes Are Hot Items?!

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 »

Ever Bought Shoes You Couldn’t Walk In?

I very recently bought a pair of Christian Louboutin heels for $85 at a sample sale—ah-mazing deal, right? Well, turns out, not so much. They’re a size too small and perilously high, way too high for my heel-walking abilities. But, yeah, I still went ahead and bought them even though I could barely walk around the try-on area with them on (let alone a city sidewalk). Still, I love them and because of that adoration, I actually wore them out last weekend. Bad move. I had to go home about an hour after I arrived due to the fact that I was hobbling, painfully hobbling, around. I’m going to get them stretched a half size, but I am certainly not the only person out there who’s bought and never worn a pair of shoes … Keep reading »

Are High Heels Unhealthy?

“Style-conscious women are worse than smokers,” declares the Sydney Morning Herald. Why? We sacrifice our comfort and health for high heels and continue to buy them like addicts. (Way to stereotype.) The Herald claims that what’s worse is that we don’t even know the half of it: Not only are sexy pumps wreaking havoc on your feet, but they’re also potential culprits for infertility and schizophrenia. That’s right people—your Jimmy Choos (well, in our case, Nine West!) are silent baby killers and mind effers! Explains one expert, the wearing of high heels distorts your pelvic alignment and supposedly messes with your menstrual cycle, in turn having a negative effect on fertility. As for mental side effects, some researchers in Sweden have explained that the alignment of the feet in high heels could possibly manipulate the transmission of dopamine (the chemical that makes you happy): “After heeled shoes are introduced into a population, the first cases of schizophrenia appear and then the increase in prevalence of schizophrenia follows the increase in use of heeled shoes.”

Make you want to run away? Just don’t do it in your five-inch stilettos. [Sydney Morning Herald]

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