Because you can't have depths without surfaces.
Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Meanwhile, in another part of the forest. . .

Selfridges press release

Selfridges shoe department is experiencing a big increase in sales of vertiginous heels following the striking pictures of Gwyneth Paltrow strutting down the red carpet wearing the highest of heels in the past few weeks. Gwyneth’s new look has seen her teetering round in an array of show stopping shoes with gravity defying heels resulting in a real surge in customer interest.

Heel heights have reached a staggering 7 inches at Selfridges this season with brands such as Balenciaga, Pierre Hardy, Nina Ricci, Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent delivering the most show stopping styles.

This season we are selling the highest and most incredible shoes I’ve ever seen. Not for the faint hearted, fetish heels offer the wearer an extreme, attention grabbing look, these are definitely taxi shoes! Alexander Mc Queen’s Languid court shoes with a cigarette heel have been particularly popular due to their elegant timeless silhouette which contrasts beautifully with the very modern square toe.”

Sebastian Manes: Selfridges’ Director of Accessories

Selfridges has seen a massive increase in sales of ‘fetish’ super-high heels over the past week alone with 35 % more pairs being sold. Customers are over looking how challenging 7 inch heels are to manoeuvre about easily in and rather are focusing on the incredible effect they have on lengthening and slimming one’s legs. The extreme appearance of fetish heels means that the foot becomes a real focus of your look, particularly in very adorned styles which have been de rigueur this season.

9 comments:

Deja Pseu said...

And in 6 months, podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons will experience an unprecedented 35% uptick in business...

Robo said...

Are these seven inch heels with or without platforms?? It's difficult enough to walk in four inch heels, forget about another three inch increase without a platform. Yeesh.

Kelly said...

Yeah. 4 inches is about my limit. And even those, I only have one or two pair!

TobyWollin said...

Deja - they will have to try to wedge(heh) them in between all the work they are doing with women who're wearing flipflops.

Denise said...

One can never have enough little black dresses. :)

Susan said...

Good grief. Another good thing about being 47: knowing that I have reached a limit to what I'm willing to suffer for style.

Gladly will I leave 7" heels to the pop tarts, gadflies and attention-starved.

Gi said...

Most of my heels are beyond the 4-inch mark... I try to avoid stilettos when they are that high, opting for a sturdier heel instead, like the Jimmy Choo Mondrian heel or similar knock-offs. I don't know... I'm used to doing everything in heels, the only flats I have a are a pair of flip flops and my gym sneakers.

Susan F said...

unlike gi, i only possess two pairs of shoes with heels. I pair are 1 inch and the other 2 inches - and I only wear those if i don't have to walk any distance!

Gi said...

Even as an adult, being told I was too short (and encouraged to wear heels) since I was young made me become afraid of flats. To prevent my feet from getting into worst shape, I opt for quality heels instead... wobbly stilettos definitely is the worst way to go.