Monday, October 16, 2006

(WMOs) Weapons of mass oppression

The tenets of modern feminist theory are currently being challenged on both sides of the Channel. In Paris, high heels are back in with a vengeance if the just concluded Fashion Week is anything to rest your Jean Paul Gautier hat on. Whilst over here on the sceptred isle, veils are out in protest of female subjugation and oppression. And that is where any woman worth her Manolos can hardly help from detecting the hypocrisy.

While I will not deny that stilettos do serve females with a useful purpose by changing our posture, pushing our chest out and arching our back known as the "animal mating" position; instruments of freedom and pleasure they are not. Rather, it is well versed sartorial wisdom that the enormous pressure transmitted through a stiletto heel is greater than that exerted by an elephant standing on one foot. To think the Ming Dynasty received so much flak for foot binding, but it is forever laissez-faire for the French.

Which makes Londoners grateful for:

Tracey Neuls. Abandoning the trappings of the fashion pack, Neuls, an award-winning Canadian designer, has a cult following for her playfully inventive (but comfortable) shoes. But, be warned, the styles are very alternative. If originality is not your thing, there is always Eurostar.

Address: 29 Marylebone Lane, W1 (just off Wigmore Street)
Phone: 020 7935 0039


Anonymous Bill said...

Love it. A half Italian and American in London ripping on the French. What a cocktail!

3:59 pm  
Anonymous Blythe said...

Groovy looking shoes Slickey.
Where did you locate this ladies studio?

4:02 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so excited to come across your blog. Thank you so much for sharing the information on the Tracey Neuls shop. I am always fascinated by the ways in which vintage items can be incorporated into our lives today. Thanks again, for sharing!

4:22 pm  
Anonymous fashionistawhore said...

From website can tell that the shoes themselves are like individual works of art

4:23 pm  
Anonymous Jean said...

If you are lucky enough to find Tracey Neuls shoe shop you will see the amount of thought that has gone into the design of the shoes is reflected in the layout…

Great off the track tip.

4:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

London is the best or shoes even if it is a Cannuck designing them

Looks like a very original shop. Will check out the next time I am about Oxford Street.

5:03 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

high heels and minis all the rage from paris.
in contrst to london and milan shoes which were all about width and volume. where does a fashion victim turn these days?

6:28 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

one can never have too many shoes

6:59 pm  
Anonymous Gina said...

London fashion rocks Paris any day.

But ankle boots?

Kill the 80s revival please

7:05 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shoes glorious shoes

if they look good, they feel so bad :-)

10:06 am  
Blogger Monique said...

ahhhh but they are so pretty! LOL every good londoner girl knows that you wear your flats and change into the heels when you get to your destination anyway!

11:56 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Clothes for women

11:58 pm  
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