Wednesday, September 1

Shoes Maketh the Woman

Many women, including myself, collect shoes like how Mia Farrow collects orphan children. Women ALWAYS need new shoes. It's as simple as that so don't ask stupid questions like "don't you already have 10 pairs of black shoes?" or "what's wrong with wearing that pair of shoes again?".

This sort of thing can be disconcerting to some guys but not to Alastair Shrimpton who blogs his wife's shoes. His wife has the sort of job that dreams are made of, a job in a French fashion house which has allowed her to acquire over 400 pairs of shoes. We're not talking about crappy Nine West stuff, these shoes are the real designer deal. Once you buy shoes that come with their own little dust bags, you really can't go back. Each day, he puts up an entry about a specific pair with interesting background information about the shoe and the designer. It's the ultimate act of man-woman love I've seen on the internet so far.

Many shoe brands obviously want to encourage men to take their women shoe-shopping. Why else would shoe ads be filled with so many breasts and thighs of the non-KFC variety. For example, Skechers (makers of casual and sports shoes) featured Christina Aguilera in their latest ad campaign. Taking advantage of the fact that her name is an anagram of Hi! Slut in a Carriage, they put Christina in various did I just see that scenarios including:
1. naughty nurse prepares to inject phallic needle into patient;
2. repressed teacher prepares to administer discipline with phallic ruler to naughty student who likes to insert things into her mouth; and
3. dominatrix cop prepares to handcuff and frisk street criminal who is conveniently bent over.

The ads aren't as controversial as Jenny McCarthy's Candies shoe ad (not safe for work) back in the 1990s but I've seen covers of hard core porn DVDs that are tamer than them.

In Australia there is a shoe designer called Terry Biviano who is sometimes hailed as the Aussie Manolo Blahnik (but she definitely looks more Monica Bellucci than Manolo Blahnik). If straight men went to her fashion shows, they would be pleasantly surprised to find very little shoe but lots of scantily clad girls on horseback, fit female acrobats and skirts being blown up.

So the message for today is that men should take more interest in their wives' or girlfriends' shoes. There's a whole new world of fan service waiting to be explored.


At 9:45 PM, Blogger Henry said...

what's nsfw about the candies ad then?

it's just a woman sat on the bog!
(nothing to see here, move along)

At 4:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Spirit Fingers,
My husband was extremely proud about your article on his column ! Yes indeed, it is a true "déclaration d'amour" from a very loving and understanding (or resigned to his fate ?) husband. Let me know if ever you come to Paris, I'll be really happy to indicate the best places for true shoe "connaisseurs".

Best regards
The Wife

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At 10:27 AM, Blogger Dawei said...

What a tightass, she could at least hand out a few free samples!

Meanwhile, those Sketcher ads are foul, mostly because of Christina's hair. Her old ones where she had the long semi-dread-y black hair were much better.

At 11:48 AM, Blogger j-a said...

i don't need men to have any particular 'interest' in my shoes. i just need someone to pay for them! ha ha...

At 3:25 PM, Anonymous Misty said...

It's true..... I'm also so choosy while shopping for my shoes.

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