I dream of Christian Grey....I mean Christian Louboutin
I still have my feet on the ground. I just wear better shoes - Oprah Winfrey
I love shoes. And handbags, but mostly shoes.
Once, in my sophomore year, I saved up for the whole summer to buy a pair of Rene Caovilla shoes. Boy did those babies pinch my feet to the point where I'm fairly certain I almost had to amputate a toe.
Having said that, like any girl, I do love my luxury shoes. Or at least fantasize about them: The taller the better, with a stiletto heel. I haven't done wedges post Spice Girls, and I plan to keep it that way.
"Well, let's be practical," scolded big sister Vivienne, who was already lending me her Manolo's for the wedding. I needed a second pair for the reception though, and was browsing online, looking at shoes I couldn't actually afford but were still fun to look at.
"There's no point getting your standard 6 inch heels for your wedding reception. It's not the same as a club where you dance for a few hours and you have enough alcohol in your system to numb every cell in your body....you're going to be somewhat sober and need to not complain about how much your feet hurt."
Her words did ring some kind of truth, and I knew it was definitely something that I couldn't get away with. On the best of nights, in my prime 7 odd years ago, I could wear my 6 inches for a maximum of 3 hours before whining and moaning about it to whoever could listen.
However, if you do insist on wearing heels like a boss, here are some tips for the night:
1/ Carry some band-aids. Who knows when a blister will form.
2/ Invest in some gel cushions, that go just where the arc of your foot is. Believe me, these gel cushions really save you from that burn you feel on the balls of your feet.
3/ In fact, invest in the same gel cushions for the back of your foot, and where your toes will rub against the shoe.
4/ Make sure you break in the shoes. Rookie mistake is to keep them in the box until the big day/night. Walk around the house with them on for at least an hour so you get the feel of it. Many-a nights in my clubbing days did doing this save my feet.
5/ Have a back-up pair of shoes, preferably with a lower heel, if it gets too much. And it probably will.
All great tips, but I'm still going to fantasize about the shoes I want to wear: 6 inches of pure sexiness. The Christian Louboutin Alti pumps come in blue, which would look lovely with that one remaining kidney you have, since you'd need to sell the other to afford them. Sigh.
Posted by Jacqueline H.