I mean anyone can throw on a pair of pumps or high heels but only a girl switched on to image and fashion knows that choosing the right kind of shoes takes a special kind of skill, a skill that can takes years to hone. Shoes make the person. Forget all that rubbish of ‘eyebrows make the face’ or ‘the dress forms the figure’, believe me, nothing is going to get you more noticed than stepping out with a “wow” pair of shoes. Wonderful shoes really make a statement - bold underlined and in block letters.
And it’s only right that as a shoe aficionado you pour as much love into owning shoes, as did the designer did when he or she first put pen to drawing paper.
Consider Jimmy Choo, who compares himself to an architect when designing a pair of shoes. The foundations have to be right on a building; a woman is only balanced on a perfectly fitted pair of shoes. He measures every crook, cranny and angle of a foot to make sure that a girl has a solid foundation.
Christian Louboutin was inspired to design shoes at an early age. From the age of 12, he used to sneak in and watch the showgirls in Paris nightclubs fascinated by their costumes and their high heels. He says the heels are all about how women carry themselves, and the ultimate high heel is all about the legs. He brought the stiletto back onto the fashion page, and his special slant on them – the shiny red sole.
Danny Sullivan launched his line Irregular Choice because he wanted us to look at shoes with a completely different eye and state of mind. He didn’t want us just to throw on any pair of red shoes but a pair of red shoes that were fun and different. Danny was influenced by his years of travel and regularly incorporates the traditional Japanese split-toe look in his collections.
Outrageous Vivienne Westwood found her early inspiration from bikers, fetishists and hookers as well as Alice in Wonderland.
If you refuse to be a sheep in the herd, then indulge yourself and buy a pair of beautifully designed and original shoes, they’ll be worth it. Jimmy Choo says that women keep his shoes for a lifetime.