|Christian Louboutin (Sold out!)|
We've seen them in high-end department stores like Barneys, Bergdorfs, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, along with knock-offs in DSW and Off Broadway Shoes. But mostly, we've seen them in Vogue and Elle on young models, on entertainers like Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, or celebrities like .....hold your breath, here it comes! .....the Kardashians.
I must admit, though, that these incredible shoes fascinate me the way classic horror movies fascinated me as a child. I knew what was coming (mummies, werewolves and screams in the night!), but I continued watching anyway.
|Christian Louboutin, $6,395.00. (Still available; hurry while supplies last!)|
Several things about these outlandish shoes fascinate me. One of them, of course, is practical: How does a woman walk in them without spraining an ankle, slipping and breaking her neck, or necessitating visits to a chiropractor or podiatrist once a week?
|Sophia Webster, $750.00|
|Manolo Blahnik, $1,145.|
The second thing is cost: Who pays $1,500 to $6,000+ for a pair of shoes? And what woman only owns one pair?
Not Sarah Jessica Parker.
Not fashion muse Daphne Guinness. She owns 450 pairs of shoes....and counting.
|Guinness in a pair of shoes by the late Alexander McQueen|
And that brings me to the incredible footwear created by the late fashion designer, Alexander McQueen.
|Models on the runway of a McQueen fashion show.|
|The Armadillo Shoe by Alexander McQueen|
Alas, the "Armadillo Shoe" is not available to mere mortals like us. They only exist in fashion archives and Lady Gaga's closet. Her fiance, Taylor Kinney, bought her $295,000 worth of Alexander McQueen shoes.
|Lady Gaga in Alexander McQueen.|
|Lady Gaga in Alexander McQueen shoes (minus heels)|
I have spent more time than I care to admit wondering how someone walks in shoes without heels? A close friend of Daphne Guinness said that she will either rock back onto her own heels, the front of the shoes pointing into the air.... or lift one leg in the air, like a stork, and then switch to the other leg. It certainly takes the expression, "No pain, no gain" to a whole other dimension.
Poets say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It must be so because many people found McQueen's work extraordinary. That includes the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC who mounted an exhibition of McQueen's work in 2011, a year after his death. Called "Savage Beauty", I think the title says it all.