Word onla ruehere in Paris is that wild,colorful heels are the new It bag.(And judging by shows like Dior and Vuitton,the wackier the better.) For Imelda Marcos-types who worship at the altars of Louboutin,Manolo and Prada,this concept ain't exactly breaking news—though it would be pretty spectacular if Anderson Cooper did a little something on it.But the new,conversation-starting heels bring up an important question: What* is* it about glamorous shoes that gets us going?
A close-up view of Christian Dior's spring 2009 shoes.
Yesterday,as I gasped,shrieked and had other embarrassing reactions to Courtney Crawford's inventive,beyond-sexy shoes,the footwear designer (fyi,he's a guy) told me that such over-the-top feedback was par for the course.
Courtney Crawford's gilded cut-out booties.
"You never see a woman go as crazy over a dress or pair of earrings as they do for a great pair of shoes," he mused."But when a woman sees a pair of shoes she likes,she has this intense,visceral reaction." He then went on to imitate the kind of reverential,hand-waving,ooh-and-ahh-type rituals that take place in every shoe department from Toledo to Tokyo.(Ten bucks says that you've seen it,twenty says you're guilty of it too.)
Another pair of Crawford's spring 2009 shoes.
Personally,I like how one crazy,conversation-starting pair of shoes can dress up any outfit—including my $15 Gap dresses.But that doesn't really explain the almost animalistic response I have upon spotting a dramatic new pair of heels (especially when they're on sale.)
Besting all of spring 2009's wild heel,John Galliano's wacky and wonderful "shoes."
Care to offer up any insight?Any theories on why women fall so head-over-heels for shoes?Or why now,in this nerve-wracking financial climate,shopping for out-there heels seems so appealing?(Or maybe it doesn't—weigh in and let me know!) And what do you think of these wild shoes,above?