Demure. Coquettish. Words that have never been in my shoe vocabulary. In New York, maximum city that it is, more is more. But of course, there is a limit. I am getting a little tired (gasp!) of all the metallics and all the summer flashiness of neon. I love new shoes that invoke a classic, vintage image, and I think we could all use classic for years in this economy.
I saw a woman yesterday on Grand Central’s 4/5/6 platform wearing a pair of sky high hot pink patent stilettos with gold tipped heels that were straight out of the Playboy Mansion and screamed “LOOK AT ME!” She was also wearing a hot pink top to match.
Except with a gold heel and in combination with a blouse similar to this dress. I <3 you to pieces, Decades, but I wouldn’t wear your dress with hot pink heels, and I don’t think you would either.
Ladies, is this really what we’ve come to to attract attention in a crazy city, neon AND stilettos AND shoulderpads? I like the strong shoulders, but I am not going to do those three things at the same time, for god’s sake.
Shomore quoted Andre Leon Talley being ready for women’s sky high shoes to come down a few notches, and even Patricia Field has been quoted in WWD as being ready for a return to what’s “refined” and to “simplicity.”
Who’s more classic an icon in New York than Audrey Hepburn? I would wear almost every single one of her outfits from her films and most of the ones she wore in her real life too. So I went searching uptown for the kind of shoes (a young, modern discount diva version of) Audrey would wear, and snapped a few window photos in the 50s and 60s that would give me inspiration for cheaper shoes to look for online.
Apparently, for some, looking like Audrey from the head down to the toes isn’t enough. This shoe has Audrey hand-painted onto it.
Here’s one of my favorite designers, Signore Ferragamo himself, with a lovely pixie Audrey.