If you glance through our forums, it doesn’t take long to find opinion threads that are violently anti’ both vinyl and plastics. (Vinyl no-no!)
More complimentary comments tend toward statements of ‘cute but cheap’ to the less complimentary ‘cheap and trashy’. Quite a range of reactions, actually. Especially when I am reminded that the original high-heeled dream shoe for most little girls is a version of Cinderella’s glass slipper. Glass being totally impractical and possibly dangerous, synthetics are the closest we are likely to get to this any time soon. Anyone else notice that the slipper that Giselle wears in Disney’s movie ‘Enchanted’ was a clear vinyl pump? (Similar to this shoe at Endless.com or this shoe at Zappos.com)
(Photos are a bit fuzzy since the only shot I could find of this was with my copy of the movie freeze-framed to get a close-up of Giselle removing her shoe before her character goes running off barefoot to save her true love.)
Visions of sparkly shoes and bouffant dresses stay with many of us even into adulthood. The wedding industry makes its money by fulfilling a wedding fantasy that most of us, consciously or not, have begun planning long before there was a Prince Charming in our lives. Most grooms I have known would describe their wedding shoe as ‘black’ – But, ask a woman about her wedding shoe and you run the very real risk of having her launch into a glorious soliloquy on her perfect shoe, how and where she found it, how it fit, and how it made her feel.
So, I’ve never owned any jelly shoes or been attracted to shoes with vinyl uppers or Lucite heels. Until now.
Look at this sparkly little-girl-all-grown-up fantasy of a shoe.
In Pink (above) or Smoke (Below)
For ladies who prefer a lower heel, there is also a flat version that is easier on the pocketbook as well:
OK, I’m still a little leery about the possibility of perspiring tootsies. In spite of that (maybe it’s that little girl in me), I like them the way I like ribbons on a pretty Christmas package.