No, I don’t own a pair of Christian Louboutins. Who pays hundreds of dollars for shoes? And the heels, totally exploitive – making dolls out of women, hobbling their freedom, creating a culture of sex-objectivity.
All good points. But are they true? Or are rocking’ high shoes empowering?
They are certainly addictive. Go to the Christian Louboutin exhibit at the Design Exchange in Toronto and tell me you don’t suddenly want to teeter around in a pair of soft suede scarlet boots. Or Cinderella slippers. Or, or, or … all of them. Any of them! GET ME A PAIR OF RED SOLES!
Okay, I’m calm. I’ve stopped shouting and salivating. Ten deep breaths. Fashion is frivolous.
AND IT’S REALLY REALLY FUN! No, I didn’t say that, and if I did, I blame the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto for my desperate dive into shopping gluttony – or desired gluttony at least.
If I hadn’t just spent a weekend at the Shangri-La Toronto with a handful of fun fashionistas who always looked divine, and eaten lobster gnocchi at the Bosk, Shangri-La’s signature restaurant, and gotten scrubbed and pampered at the Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris and visited The Room at the Bay (have you seen their shoe department?), and gone to the Christian Louboutin exhibition, I wouldn’t be mincing my way over to the dark side in 5″ gold-tipped stilettos.
To make it worse, the weekend coincided with my search for wedding shoes. As my wedding dress isn’t long, shoes count. Shoes are vital. Shoes are everything. No, no, no, I didn’t say that. I know how that sounds. It just slipped out. I don’t care. I’ll wear sneakers. But just so you know, here is my wish list from The Room at the Bay.
(And FYI: With prices as sky high as the heels, these are not for the faint of heart. Or weak of ankles. But oh, the joy of them.)
My major problem is I can’t walk in tower-high heels, but the Gianvito Rossi stunners were still comfortable. Not sure they’d match the dress though.
Where is it written you can’t wear ankle boots with a wedding dress? And first person to name the boot designer wins … a free trip to The Room at the Bay. (Okay, so it’s always free, I’m doing my best here.)
These sandals by Brian Atwood are the prettiest shoes you’ll ever see, but I doubt I’d make it through the day – or down the aisle. Can’t you just imagine them at holiday parties though?
Love them, love them. So fun. And they would actually go with the dress.
The Alaias were a bit floppy around the ankle, though, even though they are so me, SO ME, so for now I’ll keep looking and keep reciting my mantra: it’s not the shoe that counts, it’s the sole, I mean soul, within.
PS – Fashion is fun, but don’t forget to help. The Beauty Queens of High Park Zoo are in trouble, so please do what you can.
Rereate your own weekend of the luxe life:
The Shangri-La Toronto is at 188 University Avenue, Toronto – at the corner of University and Adelaide.
The Room at Hudson’s Bay is a short walking distance – you can even make it there in your new Phillip Lim shoes. (And check out those flat quilted over-the-knee boots while you’re at it.)
The Christian Louboutin exhibition at the Design Exchange runs to September 15th, 2013
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