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Naomi Campbell for Vivienne Westwood: The Fall Heard (or Seen) ‘Round the World

The most infamous fall on a runway caused by extreme footwear happened to Naomi Campbell about 15 years ago, when she was walking for Vivienne Westwood. The quality of the video is not so great, but you do get a sense of how drastic it was.

Pretty nasty fall. Poor girl. At least a runway career improved after a fall. Enjoy Dave’s fitting commetary on the debacle.


May 3, 2010 at 3:23 am Leave a comment

Dangerous runway shoes

models have to wear some high heeled shoes on the runway and sometimes it is hazardous. here is a favorite clip of mine of model agyness deyn falling on the runway. enjoy. i sure did.

May 3, 2010 at 12:07 am Leave a comment

Valentine’s Day…

Sorry for the pink deluge. I couln’t help myself.

What can I say, I’m not made of stone. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.

April 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm Leave a comment

Happy New Years!

In my constant struggle to appease my insatiable appetite for all things glittering and golden, I offfer here three equally fabulous and exorbitantly expensive footwear options for a New Year’s Eve party. While all of the shoes provide an impression of glitz, drama, and (modest) ostentation, none of the models veer-off into the realm of “trash-wear”. Bottom’s up.

Christian Louboutin

Matthew Williamson

Christian Louboutin

See the master in his domain!

April 25, 2010 at 3:04 am Leave a comment

Louis XIV Heel: Status and Seduction

Contrary to popular knowledge, Louis XIV of France was not the first prominent figure in history to institute the wearing of high-heels among the aristocracy. Previous to his reign, high-heeled shoes had been favoured by a variety of social strata throughout history (including Venetian royalty, Egyptian butchers, and Roman prostitutes). High heels were first introduced to the French Court by the Italian Catherine di Medici, as a way to augment her somewhat diminutive (she was under 5′ tall) stature at the court of her husband, the Duke of Orleans. Inevitably, high-heels came to be seen as a mark of wealth and status by the close of the 16th century.

Louis XVI’s adoption of the high-heeled shoe (for himself and those at his court) was notoriously spectacular. He ordered intricate, ornate shoes made, which would often include entire battle scenes carved into the heel. Declarations in regards to high heel decorum (only the aristocracy were permitted to wear red heels, no heel was to be higher than the King’s) were frequent occurrences at court. The high-heel synonymous with the rule of “The Sun King” achieved a cult fetish following amongst the elite and bourgeoisie alike. Various authors eroticized the high in their works, and fashionable women of the time would often bind their feet to easier fit into the high, narrow models favored at court.

Green Louis XVI

The eventual backlash against the high-heel in its aristocratic incarnation occurred during the French Revolution (in a somewhat telling gesture, Marie Antoinette ascended the scaffold wearing 2-inch heels). In favour of pursuing equality under his reign, Napoleon “banished” the heel from French society. Though the Louis heel has been reduced to an ornate, exquisite (and often torturous) artifact, the high heel continues to be an emblem of rank, entitlement, and sexuality.

Gold Louis XIV


April 25, 2010 at 12:27 am Leave a comment

Flavor in your heel!

Fun fact: “men’s shoes were replaced by shoes worn with spats – a modern version of the 17th century, spatterdashes. However, women’s shoes had narrow toes and high heels. Buttoned boots were worn with most daytime outfits, and shoes made from fine leather or fabric were worn in the evening.” The Cuban Heels pictured above are available at Macys stores nationwide and make a a great and comfortable wear at the office or a nice outting with friends.

All Hail to the Native Americans for wearing these slipperlike, warm and comfortable Moccasins which come in neutral colors; find them at for great prices! I personally like the decorated beading – great attention to detail!

January 4, 2010 at 3:36 am Leave a comment

Shoe of the day

theme shoe

Frye: Carson Shortie


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