Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Oh the pain they cause

It's been a while since I posted anything and I suddenly had the inspiration.

A friend sent around a group email with pictures of an elderly Chinese woman who had been part of the feet binding era. The tortorous act cannot be traced to any one beginning but historians claim dancers bound their feet to make the shape of two half moons, or the story about the Empress of the Shang dynasty who had a clubbed foot and did not want to be known as having this condition. According to this legend she asked her husband to make binding feet mandatory for all girls, therefore making her condition 'beautiful.

An example of the type of shoes women with bound feet wear
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On the topic of painful things we do to ourselves in the name of fashion and beauty, I think it's important for women's health that designers try to design shoes in a way that caters to both needs of modern day queens. Of course style is important and that stiletto heel is a must for certain occasions but how to make those shoes last a whole night, and subsquently day? Most women can't wear heels in a situation where they must stand, for more than a few hours. But the revolution of shoes has begun, just look at what Cole Haan has to offer. A collaboration with those clever cats at Nike, and look, we have air in our platforms.

Susie of Style Bubble always has something interesting to say on the topic of shoes, and I particularly like the way Susie integrates fashion with everyday life and other art forms too. This includes architecture. I have a keen interest in architecture, studied it for a year straight out of highschool. I regret not continuing but I'd still be at uni now if I did!!

The Bhmer range of shoes certainly transcends traditional ideas of shoe design and style. Take a look and let me know what you think!


Anonymous said...

Please post more!! You write BEAUTIFULLY!

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