Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Louboutin Shoes Are *Made to Measure*
For in some cultures, the size of one's foot *does* matter. The most obvious reference may be the antiquated practice of foot-binding, but I have also heard modern young women in North America talk about how they want to squeeze their feet into a size 6 shoe because 7 or--heaven forbid--8 sounds too large.
When I was a teen, I wore 6.5-7 shoes, because that's what my mother wore and I somehow assumed that girls and mothers wore the same size. Very foolish, I know.
But then I learned that 8-8.5 is my size, and I couldn't imagine looking back, suffering to fit into a smaller shoe size, not because it looked good, but because it sounded good. And what is "good," anyway?
I'd like to think that the tape measures on these Louboutins are meant to celebrate size, not tattle, or remind women of the ever-present and impossible standards of bodily measurement, but I'm not so sure.
**Shoes discovered on the website of fabric designer / sewist extraordinaire Anna Maria Horner, who also shares some choice words about them.