We all choose our shoes as an extension of our personalities. Wearing the perfect stiletto in red might be an indication that you are feeling sexy in your little black dress. If you are like me, heels can also be an artistic expression. I don’t particularly go for the loud printed dresses and shirts so I save this blast of color for my feet and I really appreciate the designers who have added a creative twist to their designs.
Christian Louboutin has even capture the color red and has made a legal battle for trademarking the shade as an expression of his brand. In return when another spots the red underside of another woman’s heel it automatically gives her status in the fashion world. The shoes are known to be expensive and trendy.
But what happens when a designer takes a large leap out of the box? We have long since battled the issue of creative banning in both our libraries and museums alike. But to my knowledge this has not been a major battle in the fashion world. Sure we combat the occasional breast exposure and areola sighting but the fashion world is not usually faced with the question of whether or not the actual message in the piece is inappropriate or not.
Recently, I was messaged this high heel that was found by a friend of mine in which the sender stated that the stiletto was disturbing. In a world where it has become acceptable to use the “n” word in our lyrics, make music videos of women being beaten, and have magazines showing fourteen girls looking as though they are 25 in provocative poses, I did not think anything could shock me. And I was wrong.
I am not even sure if shocked is the right word. To be honest, I was sickened and emotional to see what designer, Antony felt was good fashion. Having suffered from domestic violence, this heel invoked a feeling from me that I may not be looking for in a pair of heels. I think if the shoe had been designed for a Battered Woman’s event I might be more forgiving however this stiletto is available on the open market for $99.00. I am far from a prude and I have not come across many… if any… heels that I would not wear…until now. The loss of so many women due to violence should be spotlighted and worn on tee shirts as messages not on our feet as victims. What do you think?