OK, ladies, I’m going as crazy for platform shoes right now as the next fashion-obsessed lady, but I will state for the record that I’m a heel wimp. When it comes to rocking heels, I may have a higher-the-better mentality at the moment, but to be perfectly honest, I probably wear elevated shoes about once or twice a week. So, personally, I was horrified to read some new statistics on our female British neighbors, and wondered if we have a foot health epidemic of sorts over here. In England, 200,000 women sought medical help for their feet, with 10,000 needing hospital treatment last year. More than half of these foot problems are directly related to high heels, and “over a third of women who experience pain in their feet are left with permanent damage.”
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Over at The Daily Beast, Rebecca Dana declares Alexander McQueen’s so-called “armadillo shoes” the “it” shoe of the season. We’ve written about these 10-inch heels from McQueen’s spring 2010 collection several times here at The Frisky, and while reviews remain mixed, I love them. As Dana confirms, though, I won’t be wearing a pair anytime soon. There are only 21 pairs in existence; they are, wait for it … $3,900 to $10,000 a pair, depending on style, skin, and embroidery; and they’re pretty much impossible to get — unless, of course, you’re Lady Gaga, who wore them in her “Bad Romance” video, or style icon Daphne Guinness. Even if you could get your hands on a pair, whether you could walk in them remains unclear. Staffers at British Vogue blogged their failure to stagger any distance on them, while Guinness proclaims: “They look difficult [to walk in] but they aren’t.” But why are these outrageous, unaffordable, incomprehensible lobster-claw boots the shoe during a recession? As McQueen told The New York Times, “The world needs fantasy, not reality. We have enough reality today.” It only makes sense that women would be enamored with a pair of fantastical shoes they cannot afford to wear. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »
I’m a high heel lover, but even I have to admit defeat when it snows. My rubber-soled boots win every time because I like my limbs. Anyway, I’ve noticed quite a few women wearing their heels in the snow on my favorite street style site, Chictopia. So I wonder, do you wear heels in the snow? Keep reading »
Who wore these Zeus-inspired lightning bolt high heels?
1) Lady Gaga. Duh.
2) Beyonce. She’s a freak.
3) Rihanna. That’s my fashion icon!
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If, that is, they’re caught wearing these crazy heels. Wow. [Yanko Design] Keep reading »
We’ve written about shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood‘s zany creations before, but this time he takes things to a whole new level. Kirkwood, along with several other designers, was asked to a concoct a pair of “Alice in Wonderland”-themed heels for display in the windows of the Printemps store in Paris. The image you see up top is the sketch Kirkwood made of the shoes, inspired by his favorite character, the white rabbit. “I think my favorite Alice character is the March Hare,” the designer explained. The bottom photo is a shot of the completed footwear, outfitted with real teacups and a pocket watch, natch. They’re perfect for the girl who isn’t afraid to wear literary allusions on her feet. [Style.com] Keep reading »
“This height of heel is what I wear. Even my slippers. I can’t even walk in flats.”
—Mariah Carey (gesturing at her high heels) explains her diva behavior [Guardian UK] Keep reading »
Cooly cranky ad dude Copyranter points us to these Amazon-themed ads created by Soho, a Zurich-based clothing store chain, that suggest their high heels will make you feel so high, you’ll be able to kiss the sky. I love these ads because a) they make me think of that wacky fetish called macrophilia, and b) I’m 6’1″, 6’4″ in my three-inch boots, and this is about how tall I feel when I wear them. [Copyranter] Keep reading »
Gianni Barbato’s boots with skulls at the top of the heels are some serious you-know-what kickers. Definitely a perfect fit for the upscale girl with a penchant for the gothic look, they ain’t cheap — marked down from a whopping $870 to a mere $609 — but they’re sure to score their fair share of attention. I could absolutely see the fashionably daring Rihanna rocking these spooky stilettos. [Haute Macabre] Keep reading »
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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