A coworker sent me these photos of a shoes that are supposedly all the rage in Japan right now. The Japanese are never ones for subtlety when it comes to their fashion trends, and these shoes are certainly filled with enthusiasm. I used to have a black leather pair that had the inverted horse’s hoof heel, and then I saw Jane Weidlen of the GoGo’s was wearing them and talking about them on Rock and Roll Jeopardy on VH1 maybe 5 years ago. They made awesome prints in the snow.
I also was super into platforms, and had many a pair, including one pair that I had “built” on shiny red Airwalks in 1995 in NYC. There was a tiny cobbler’s shop on St. Marks Place which turned regular athletic shoes into dance-club visions. You could pick your colors of rubber and the style you wanted them to look like. So in typical ‘me’ style, I did black and white stripes–they were about 8 or 10 inches high. You paid by the layer. It was pretty rad.
Actually, for my wedding in 2004, I brought the look back by wearing Sketchers white platform sneakers under my dress. They were maybe 4 inches of platform which was fabulous. No one could see really them, and they let me take off the uncomfortable heels and dance up a storm. I promptly sold them on eBay as wedding sneakers and they went immediately.
So check out these beauties. Certainly there is a fetish element here that I could have written about, but I’ll leave that to your comments.