Nobody ever told us who designed Cinderella’s glass slipper, but if a contemporary version of the tale were to take place, Christian Louboutin would be a shoe-in for the job — so it’s only natural that Disney chose the French designer, known for his luxurious red-soled footwear, to create a modern-day take on the fateful shoe. Unveiled yesterday in Paris, the results are infinitely more practical than a heel constructed of, uh, glass: the shoe is actually made of a fine layer of lace and covered in a smattering of Swarovski crystals, including crystal butterflies. I totally would have preferred to see Louboutin create a pair of actual glass slippers, even if it meant they were unwearable. They would look just as pretty on display as they would on the foot of a future princess. Or, you know, a stripper named Princess. Or Shauna Sand. [Fashionista]
If you ever entertain the notion that modeling as a job must be a piece of
cake kale, think again. We’ve seen so many models trip, stumble, and cry on the runway at this point, it’s practically old news, but every time it happens it’s impossible to look away. At yesterday’s Melbourne Fashion Festival, so many models removed their platform stilettos midway down the runway that it almost seemed like an organized revolution. I don’t know exactly how many girls participated, but it was apparently enough for Australian news sources to refer to the situation as a “silent protest” or a “runway revolt.” Seeing as this is the alternative, I give the models credit for knowing when enough is enough. The CEO of the festival, Graeme Lewsey, expressed his disappointment to the Sydney Morning Herald but he did confirm that “models know, if there’s the slightest problem, they have to remove their shoes for safety.” Indeed: one model told the newspaper that she removed the shoes in fear of “breaking an ankle or worse.” God, I’m so thankful I barely break five feet, but not at all. [Fashionista]
One of the people behind the scenes at The Frisky is our General Manager Mina Lux. Mina is insane in a really wonderful way, best illustrated by the fact that, no matter what the weather is outside — I’m talking rain, hail, blizzard, flood, ice storm, whatever – she is in sky-high, platform heels. So when she came to me and said she wanted to curate a slideshow of heels, I decided to let her go wild, provided she stayed below a certain price point. Here are 35 pairs that get her approval.
Ladies, who here has caught her heel on a crack in the sidewalk and done a faceplant in front of, oh, everyone? Meeeee! If you’re lucky, you walk away from such a topple with no more than a skinned knee and a bruised ego. But in worst-case scenarios, a woman can badly twist her ankle from falling in heels. The last time I fell, my ankle hurt for three days straight.
We all know of the dangers associated with wearing high heels. But many of us wear — or try to wear — high heels anyway because they look pretty and make us feel sexy. I probably can’t persuade you to wear orthopedic loafers for the rest of your life. I can, however, direct you to Dr. Luisa Dillner at the London Guardian newspaper, who has some tips on how to reduce your risk of a faceplant drastically. Keep reading »
I’m a wedge girl, which sounds vaguely dirty when you write it out but it just means I prefer to wear wedge heels. The other day I decided it was time to change things up, to really break out of my shell, so I set aside my wedges and threw on a pair of 3.5 inch patent leather pumps instead. I spent the day teetering around like a drunk person and by the time I got home my feet were in so much pain that I was fairly sure I was going to need to have them amputated. I know for many women 3.5 inchers are a no-big-deal, daily footwear option, so tell me: what’s your high heel height limit? What size/style of heel is your favorite? [Shown: Madden Girl Platforms, $50, Zappos]
Ask any of my close friends or family members, and they’ll tell you I’m an extreme shoe addict. I’m also a bit of a hoarder, since I have a problem getting rid of shoes and clothes. I recently counted all the shoes that were visible to me without moving any boxes, and the number totaled 65! (I’m actually embarrassed by that number and refuse to count all my shoes now.) Yet, I tend to wear the same few pairs of shoes each season. So how do I keep my favorite shoes working hard for me year after year? I know the great value of a good cobbler! Keep reading »
New York Times, just quit it. Nobody is buying your purported claims that men are now wearing high heels. Because they are not. THEY ARE NOT! As everyone knows, a New York Times trend story is what happens when a New York Times writer or editor has a friend that does something quirky. All the sudden, it’s a trend. It’s not a trend. Still, writer Tricia Romano does a very good job of stretching her acquaintance with several heel-wearing dudes into a puff piece on the allure, the appeal, the sexy luxury of men wearing heels. Keep reading »
“[W]hat is sexual in a high heel is the arch of the foot, because it is exactly the position of a woman’s foot when she orgasm. … So putting your foot in a heel, you are putting yourself in a possibly orgasmic situation.”
— Christian Louboutin is bats**t crazy if he thinks this is true. I have lots of heels and they only thing they give me are blisters. [Fashionista]
We all have our limits when it comes to the height of our heels. I’m prone to wearing more extreme shoes, I suppose, because I’ve been short since forever. I stopped growing when I was 13–my mom blames it on me becoming vegetarian at that age–and in order to not seem too midget-y, I took to wearing heels early on. I’m only five feet tall without shoes on, so my feet have adapted to wearing unreasonably high heels over time–even though they often make my friends cringe. My highest pair of heels maxes out at around 5 inches and they’re perfectly comfortable, because I’ve learned that it’s often not the heel height that makes shoes suck, but the slope of the arch that creates the most pain. Too extreme an arch and your foot will constantly be sliding forward into the toe of your shoe. That’s why I love a shoe with a small platform on it–it helps soften the slope and make the shoe infinitely more wearable. But everybody’s different. I have friends who can’t bear to walk in anything but flats. Others that wouldn’t be caught dead without their stilettos on. So tell us: What’s your take on high heels? How high is too high and what’s just right for your feet? Keep reading »
You may have thought the weekend’s biggest news was the hurricane, but there was something even more shocking afoot: People magazine reports that Victoria Beckham had been spotted in flats! Forget telltale signs of climate change via drastic weather patterns; the apocalypse is surely upon us when Posh Spice is willing to be caught on camera without her signature stilettos.
Okay look, at the risk of being typecast as a fashion allergic feminazi, I have to just come right out and say it: I am, generally speaking, against high heels. Why, you might ask, have I joined the ranks of sensible aunts and foot doctors everywhere? It’s about as simple as this: I don’t think women should participate in activities that physically harm them or curb their capacity to get up and go should the situation call for it. I believe there are less limiting ways to look pretty.
I get that they’re sexy as hell. Keep reading »