via The Hollywood Reporter
Yesterday, I attended the New York premiere of God Save My Shoes, a documentary in which director Julie Benasra gives audiences a look into the shoe closets of the rich and famous, including Dita Von Teese, Kelly Rowland, and poker champ Beth Shak. This film studies why women are obsessed with heels and what emotions and messages these shoes convey by featuring not only the women who buy shoes, but also shoe and physiology experts including: prominent shoe designers like Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, and Pierre Hardy, a psychoanalyst, and Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
While the film itself is entertaining, especially for a girl like me who appreciates expensive footwear (though I can’t afford it), it’s a bit one sided. It touches on the impossibility of walking in five inch heels and some of the physical aliments that result from wearing heels, but doesn’t delve too deeply into the more serious long term problems heels can cause. (But we shoe fiends don’t think much about those anyway, do we?) Furthermore, all the people profiled can afford their fancy footwear; there isn’t any mention of shopaholics whose purchases drive them into debt.
That being said, God Save My Shoes is a fun film, one that many fashionistas will enjoy for its great imagery, brief history of heels, and information and opinions straight from the designer’s mouths.
God Save My Shoes is playing at the Quad Theater in New York City through Thursday April 5th.
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I can’t believe Christmas will be here so soon! In honor of the holiday, I have arranged some of my favorite red and green gifts with some holiday sparkle. These looks give you a chance to look sweet or tough with just a switch of shoes or accessories. Of course I’m not implying that you should actually wear your red dress with green shoes or vice-versa, but a touch of either color in your Christmas ensemble would add to the holiday cheer.
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|Left: American Eagle Outfitters, Right: Steve Madden
Answer me this simple question, which shoe do you think would be more comfortable: Exhibit A, the American Eagle rope wedge with a low platform heel, leather ankle strap and fabric peep toe, or the Exhibit B, the Steve Madden cork wedge with a high heel and a suede T-strap? If you chose Exhibit B you are correct! Looks can be deceiving; I kind of wanted to make that the title of this post but it lacked the mystery of a Temper Trap lyric so I refrained from doing so. Fashion is a funny thing, many things are not always what they seem. In what I believe to be the [paraphrased] words of a shoe designer (Guiseppe Zanotti?), “a shoe should always be more comfortable than it looks.” I wore these Steve Maddens for the first time yesterday for about 7 hours. I wore the other shoes for the umpteenth time last Saturday and I think I might have almost broke them in except they began to cut into my ankles. I received the AEs from my mom before my 16th birthday and have worn them every summer since then. Although they are leather which doesn’t take too long for me to break in, I have experienced pain in these shoes if I walk in them for even a short period of time. I made the mistake of wearing them on a shopping trip to Saks 5th Ave in NYC a short time after they were given to me. At first they weren’t giving me any trouble, but when I made it to the shoe salon I was feeling the pain. As I entered the room I noticed a small, white piece of cardboard-like material toward the right corner of the room. As my eyes took in the beauty of the words, “Sale in progress” I let out a sigh of joy. I let my eyes wander over the myriad of shoes, all on sale and all waiting to adorn my aching feet. I bet now you’re thinking, “this story has a happy ending because Caroline bought an amazing pair of dangerous looking yet comfy designer shoes for a steal!” Unfortunately for me, the only benefit of Gucci booties being 30% off was that I could go from staring at an ad for those unaffordable shoes in my copy of Vogue while drooling all over the page, to staring at an actual, slightly less unaffordable shoe and even touching it (while attempting to stop the spit from creeping out of my mouth). Instead of switching my common, mass produced espadrilles for finely crafted Italian stilettos, I left Saks and made the painful journey back to my hotel room to change into my silver gladiator sandals (much more practical). These silver gladiators had the misfortune of encountering the slivery slickness that is (more than 5) New York puddles during a downpour last summer but that’s another story. Yesterday I walked all over my house, up and down stairs, on grass, hardwood, and linoleum in my new wedges and all I had to show for it were some small red marks that faded 10 minutes after I changed into flip flops. Sometimes, what seems practical can’t be perfect and what seems deceptively perfect is.
Filed under rants, Shopping
I love vacationing in Orlando, especially when it involves shopping at the outlets. I received a comment asking if I could describe a typical day in my life or a day of shopping. Since blogging about a day in my life would bore my readers out of their minds, I’ll describe a day of shopping, namely the day of shopping I had on my vacation. When I go shopping I look for 3 things: style, quality, and cost– low cost. I usually go to the Orlando Premium Outlets but this time I went to the Orlando Prime Outlets because of the nice coupon in the brochure that could be used to get a free coupon book (did I used any of these coupons?- no). I did, however, make use of the 30% off Neiman Marcus Last Call 4th of July Sale and the 40% off one non-sale item of my choice offer. I had originally thought the one non-sale item would be 40% off instead of 30% but to my surprise I snagged my Hype leather cross body for 70% off! It was a great day in spite of the torrential down poor that kept me in the same store for at least an hour and a half. I feel like this post is kinda long so (if your really curious) I’ll post about my typically shopping habits some other time. And no, I did not buy those great L.A.M.B. heels, but I sure did want to! They are probably the highest shoes I’ve ever tried but they were surprisingly comfortable.