Yes that's what heels are about. About giving you confidence, not so generously though... Wearing sky-high heels is kind of a fair trade! You gain 10+ centimetres, a sexy posture and movement and possibly a panoramic view of the world. In exchange, you must put pain in your daily schedule. Depending on the type of heel you choose to wear, different parts of the foot may hurt. Il faut souffrir pour être belle. That's the unbreakable rule not only for Gwyneth Paltrow who sported some breathtaking pairs but for the women who reportedly have contributed to a significant rise in the sales of killer heels.
Gwyneth Paltrow's show-stopping red carpet appearances in hyper-vertiginous heels at various Iron Man premieres this week have not gone unnoticed by the British buying public; Selfridges is reporting a 35 per cent rise in sales of "fetish" heels, which are topping the seven inch mark, in the past week.
"This season we are selling the highest and most incredible shoes I've ever seen," says Selfridges' director of accessories, Sebastian Manes. "Not for the faint hearted, fetish heels offer the wearer an extreme, attention grabbing look. These are definitely taxi shoes!"
Balenciaga, Pierre Hardy, Nina Ricci, Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent are among the main culprits, with special mention going to Alexander McQueen's Languid courts - Paltrow's footwear of choice for the London premiere. (Vogue UK)
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