A fter well over half a lifetime studying, contemplating and documenting the vagaries of human behaviour and psychology, I must issue a confession. There is one significant trait of my fellow earthlings which leaves me utterly baffled and stumped. I am talking about shoes. An attractive young woman with whom I was nurturing a friendship casually remarked that she could never go out with me because I wore bad shoes. She said it with such certainty that it was clear she considered this not a temporary lapse in my fashion sense, but a profound and permanent character flaw. She could happily overlook my big wonky ears, ginger hair, freckles and lisp, but my scruffy supermarket pumps were the deal-breaker.
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For his latest ad campaign, the shoe designer enlisted the help of several oiled-up, muscular men to strip down and slip into some of his slick, black patent leather heels. The campaign flips the script. High heels are already a sensual piece of attire, so sexually explicit campaigns featuring female models are common — just see any ads for, say, Jimmy Choo or Charlotte Olympia , or Brian Atwood, for that matter. Atwood's ads are always pushing the envelope for sex appeal, including a campaign starring a Victoria's Secret model that was reportedly banned. But these photos bring sexually explicit images of men into the mix, as the designer attempts to shift the gaze and, in doing so, normalize male sexuality as well.
As well as doing posey stuff in high heels, the models also did some wrestling.
High heels are a type of shoe in which the heel, compared with the toe, is significantly higher off the ground. They make the wearer appear taller, accentuating the calf muscle and the length of the leg overall. They have significant cultural and fashionable meanings attached to them, which have been largely shaped by historical contexts over the past 1, years.
I was thinking about this last night after listening to Radio West. He hadn't realized it was the same weekend as my birthday, or even that it was a big birthday - 30. At the beginning of the relationship, which is not long ago, he use to carry out conversations, even while working.