It is common knowledge that contemporary high end footwear has taken a turn towards the fetishistic, as observed in the proliferation of sky-high creations sent down the runways for the past few seasons.
Their popularity and thorough embrace by consumers can be explained by their ubiquitous presence in editorials and editors (helped along by indulgent, loving snaps on street-fashion websites). Common denominators amongst such footwear include black leather/ black patent, thick platforms, frighteningly spindly heels often curved at an ungodly angle, and bondage inspired straps, laces and buckles. What makes these shoes acceptable by the average consumer as opposed to those available at one’s local fetish boutique? Is it the veneer of prestige offered by a designer name and concept? What does it mean that women are more than willing to pair these shoes with everyday, casual apparel? Such shoes certainly look dangerous, perhaps providing a sense of empowerment and defiance, not to mention revealing transgressive desires.
I happened upon the PunitiveShoes shop one day. These really take the cake, going far into specific categories of sexually deviant footwear.
The Rancho is described as an “ankle pony boot”. What is an ankle pony boot, you ask?
“Line thought and created for PonyPlay & BDSM lovers. Styles handmanufactured with high quality materials for win the time and confortable shape for fast running. The hoof shape and the real horse iron will enshape the “posture” of the lucky dresser; the sound of the iron is the classical “clip-clop” everytime dreamed by ponygils and ponyboys.”
Well, I have no idea what means, but I’m assuming it has to do with a preference for ponies. Despite their intended purpose, can’t you just imagine one of the preternatural Parisian Vogue editors wearing them?
The Ascot bear resemblance to the immensely hyped Stella McCartney wedges.
Finally, I had no idea there was an active “ballet fetish” community out there, but I love the idea of it.