Lisa favors Louboutin 6-inch stilettos, even while traipsing and sinking into the soft dirt of a vineyard. Now that’s the kind of fanatic commitment to style we fear and admire.
Rescue arrives in the form of parasitical houseguest and pathological liar Cedric, who volunteers to schlep Lisa on his back.
I guess that’s one way of paying rent.
Prior to footwear design, Albu was an architect, and he has put his training to good use building civilization’s first 12-inch stiletto. Mihai Albu is the John Augustus Roebling of shoe design.
Albu’s creations are equal parts engineering and fashion. To achieve such heights, Albu stacks platform upon platform with decorative but functional braces holding together the multiple, er, levels.
In interviews, Albu has explained that, “Heels have an advantage because many women don’t have long legs. The heels reposition the waist. If a woman is 5 foot 9, she’d be towering above everyone if she wore these. I am creating a constructed chaos.”
You see, Mr. Albu is a one man NGO, empowering all you tiny—5 foot 9!—ladies.
The past few seasons have witnessed super models tumbling down runways like stalks of freshly cut wheat, victims of insanely high heels. It now seems likely that a whole new cast of casualties will grace ER’s in Paris, Milan and New York. We hope the nice physicians will also treat the rampant eating disorders that plague the well-paid but unfortunate young women.
I can, however, imagine a scenario where some courageous models will refuse—“The models are revolting!”—to risk life and limb for the sake of footwear, demanding the inalienable right to wear (Lisa V shudders) Audrey Hepburn style flats.
But it’s also likely that Lady Gaga and her admirers—Gagettes?—will, with Everest determination, risk the thin air of Albu heights.
In truth, the shoes are striking, beautiful in a deeply weird way, but I have a strong feeling that these very costly wearable works of art will end up on pedestals, lit with spotlights, their soles never scraping pavement.
Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives a down-to-earth and meaningful Shabbat.