- Published on Monday, July 09 2012
- Written by Anysha Panesar
Shoes have always been every woman’s weakness -- from needing a practical work shoe, to drooling over Louboutin's latest creation, its official: women LOVE and NEED shoes!
A woman’s addiction to shoes starts off at a young age with every little girl dreaming of living in a fairytale, with a handsome prince, a pretty dress, and even a glass slipper! Which is why Cinderella is the one to blame for where our shoe addiction started! Cinderella and her glass slipper has been so iconic in the world of fashion and shoes that legendary shoe designer, Christian Louboutin, recently revealed his very own "glass slipper" fit for a fairytale princess at Haute Couture Paris fashion week! Delicate white lace stilettos embellished with sparkling crystals and two twinkling butterflies, the shoe just completely defines fantasy and every young girls dream -- to be a real-life Disney Princess.
Another childhood icon to blame is the pigtailed Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. Skipping down the yellow brick road in her ruby-red slippers, she had our jaws dropping as we saw the red rhinestones sparkle! And who didn’t have goosebumps as she clicked her rhinestone red heels and transported herself around a magical land?! Okay, so, today we still have no magical shoe that will transport us to an exotic beach in the middle of the ocean, but we can still dream and buy ourselves a pair of ruby-red knockout heels!
Next came our teenage years, which comes hand in hand with Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars. The All-Stars were designed in 1921 to become America's first mass-produced basketball shoe. Not only are these sneakers totally comfortable, but they also make any outfit look Rock Chick Cool! If you don’t already have a pair, I advise that you now go and order yourself some -- you are never too old to wear Converse!
Another iconic shoe, which is more famous for being comfortable than fashionable, is the UGG boot. Not as ugly as the trendy crocs, but still not red-carpet ready. Many people love these boots for pure comfort and warmth, and even Jimmy Choo jumped on the bandwagon in 2010 to design a range for the Australian brand!
Over time, there have been shoes that have become famous because of the style that every designer seemed to be doing, such as the Mary Jane. But it takes a special design of shoe and also an iconic superstar to wear a shoe that the world goes wild over that is totally unique and one-of-a-kind. Introducing the Alexander McQueen Armadillo Shoes worn by Lady Gaga in the "Bad Romance" video and again at the 2010 VMAs (see top of page)... A 10-inch heel in a hoof-like shape defines fashion as an art form and proves that fashion designers really are artists.
Finally, there are two designers that are equally magnificent icons in the shoe industry: Misters Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin.
Made mainstream by "Sex and the City"’s, Carrie Bradshaw, Manolo Blahnik will always be most recognizable for his peep toe show. Creating delicate, feminine shoes that emphasize female beauty at its best, no girl should ever pass up the opportunity to slip on one of his stilettos!
Joining him at the top is none other than Christian Louboutin with his ultra-famous red-lacquered sole. Christian has become a firm celebrity favorite when choosing shoes, and I am pretty sure that the Kardashians own every single pair he has ever created. But he is nonetheless a genius that has created one of the most luxurious, coveted items in the world. Tell me what girl doesn’t want to be seen strutting her stuff showing off a red sole!
Shoes are to women what food is to men -- on our minds 24/7. Craving, desiring, needing, wanting, and even the occasional physical fight on sale day! Women need shoes to survive. We need rhinestones, stilettos, and red soles in our lives. Shoes have revolutionized the way women live and how the fashion industry thrives!
- Anysha Panesar, YH Staff
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