Could you believe these were heels customized for the iconic sex symbol Mae West?
Known mostly for her sex appeal + biting wit, that included double entendres like, ‘When I’m good, I’m very good. But when I’m bad I’m better’, when standing below 5 feet tall, your brazen wit can take you so far. Enter these ingenious shoes, created for Mae West‘s stage shows during the Fifties. The way Mae wore these shoes was by carefully inserting her feet into the white part of the shoes, which would then be covered by extra long form-fitting dresses with flaring skirts, over her corset (reminiscent of those worn in the 1890s), exposing the silver fronts of the heels (I would imagine). This in turn, would grant Mae almost 9 1/2 inches in height – not too bad right?
In a way, the shoes themselves could be perceived as a tangible double entendre. But if designed today, as these shoes are such amazing creations, I doubt anyone would be covering them up. Margiela or Kawakubo, could you please make it happen?!
(via SANG BLEU)