22 December 2009

McQeen RIP

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The newest version of the ancient practice of foot binding- referred to as the Lobster Claw, indeed when lobsters
are captured their claws are banded -eventually causing atrophy.


18 comments:

  1. Hideous - but when has that ever stopped anyone?

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  2. I've been seeing these everywhere in magazines and online -i think they're hideous...what do you think?

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  3. yes absolutely cruel, to me it says a lot about women. very much like the foot binding and crippling a woman. I have seen pictures of women hobbling around on them. It is as hateful as a vacuum as far as I am concerned! g

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  4. I think it is sadistic, even criminal

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  5. They are hideous, but, in their defense, the humped part of the shoe is really just decorative. It's actually a regular high heel if you look closely. It's just the design of the shoe that makes it look so bizarre. Lady Gaga wore them with panache in her latest video.

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  6. Looks like a bedlington terrier.

    http://www.dogsindepth.com/terrier_dog_breeds/images/bedlington_terrier_h04.jpg

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  7. I'm with you - I really don't like the cultural/historical background on these shoes. And women shouldn't support them.

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  8. Really, everywhere? Even the models look miserable, and starving as usual. Essentially its a ballet toe shoe, with extra weights added. It is foot binding, and shocking that women still do it.

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  9. The trend amongst Women today is to follow those who practice S&M.

    Gone are the days of Elegance and Flowing Robes, Balenciaga's sculptural lines have been taken to the Nth degree of ridiculous, Madame Gres pleats have been Origamied to resemble a dinner napkin, and Chanel...well Heroin Chic on the Lido in Venice never looked so REAL. Now we have these SHOES...what has happened to Ladies and Girls who KNOW how to look fascinating and coy with the use of soft fabric to enhance our figures and wonderful DELICATE shoes that embrace any size foot and both making you look like a Goddess?

    Someone needs to exhume Madame Chanel, DNA her into a clone and start the 'CLASSROOM' over again...for too many little lost boys are running the runways...all seeminly in love with the ART of FETISH.

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  10. Imagine a world where a designer presented these to models and women and they all said "no thanks" - not one of them would put these shoes on, not even for the largest paycheck imaginable. That's the world I dream about.

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  11. I think these are so ugly. There are painful high heels that are exquisite and then there are just painful high heels...but add ugly to that...why would anyone want to have pain and wear ugly shoes?

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  12. Oh. My achin' back!
    On my way out the door to a Christmas party last weekend, I suddenly decided to change my shoes. The heels I had on were beautiful, but gee did they hurt my feet. They are now in the sack to donate to goodwill. Life is too short to have sore feet. I wore the red ones instead.

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  13. makes the women look dumb, clunky and as if they had concrete blocks weighted on their feet. what is this communicating to us? (not to mention the annoying clompity-clomp-clop noise they would probably create across a wood floor, surely these monstrosities have to weigh around 5-lbs each.) remember the witch hunts -- tying stones to women's feet and throwing them into the river? i'm all for creative and new fashion, but come on here...

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  14. Wow! I realy like the look in posed shots. They make me think of 16th century Venitian chopines, but better. I don't often like McQueen though. Of course, if one galumphs along like a horse in them, they're no good. And I'm well past the phase of wearing shoes only for style that hurt my feet.

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  15. the opposite of feminine, chic or sexy.. not everybody wants to look like lady gaga or daphne guinness.

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  16. I do think the first pair are beautiful objects in themselves. Should we really be exercised about this passing whim of A McQueen? He pushes boundaries and that's exciting. He doesn't really do fashion, this is just spectacle and the meaning of what he does is multi-layered. Fetish shoes are exactly that and have
    a particular resonance. Nobody has to wear them who doesn't want to but there must be room for the perverse.

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  17. If this is a lump of coal, then I'm sorry I wasn't a naughtier girl this year! You know I love these beastly crustaceans for the feet. I don't think they'd be any worse to walk in than regular platform heels, since the bottom half of the shoe looks normal enough. Looks to me like a normal bootie with a clever hump that efficiently distorts the natural form of the foot, morphing it into a smooshed-up, claw-like mass. And that's what's so fantastic about them! One little decorative hump and you have a whole new foot. I'm guessing (especially based on the references to foot binding) that the strong disgust response has something to do with the distortion hinting at a severe physical deformity.

    Most heels are meant to amplify sex appeal. These don't. They're quite ugly, but isn't that more interesting sometimes? Lauren

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  18. I like them, but then again I don't like women...

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