The Latest Invention of the Marquis de Sade

In Too lazy to assign a category on January 31, 2007 at 10:35 pm

The Latest Invention of the Marquis de Sade

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These 5” stiletto heels are entirely metal, fabricated by hand, with a cast heel. The straps open and close on hinges, and the shoes lock onto the feet. When I made these, I was considering popular ideas regarding beauty, particularly the idea that “pain is beauty, beauty is pain.” I’m honestly amazed at women who choose to wear stiletto heels on a regular basis. One must “learn” how to walk in such heels, and it remains difficult and uncomfortable. Over time, high heels can cause serious damage and permanently restructure the leg. This pair of shoes acts as a pair of handcuffs, binding the wearer, although it is unclear who will hold the keys.

I’m also interested in the use of high heels as a sort of armor for women, in which, for instance, a businesswoman might don them to provide herself with additional height, a sexualized stance and gait, and a feeling of power over men.

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  1. Stunning! I can't put my toesies in anything like that, but the concept and the thought behind them is cool. I couldn't imagine wearing anything like that for any extensive time, that's crazy,..

  2. I would try to wear these shoes. I love shoes!

  3. Reminds me on the iron shoes worn by Margarita during the Satan's Great Ball (the Russian movie "Master and Margarita" by Bulgacov). The shoes were not in the original book but they were a nice touch, especially her bleeding feet (unfortunately I can't capture a movie snippet because my computer is currently messed up)

  4. That's exactly how I feel about most fashionable shoes. Torture.

  5. i cnt wear heels.. accpt if offcourse i had a wedding party or a huge event that im forced to dress up formally for !
    the whole concept is wow !

  6. I love shoes too. I gave most of my high-heeled shoes away, but I kept my favourite pair!

  7. Awesome!
    Maybe I have odd feet, but heels rarely hurt me and I wear them at least 4 days a week. I've never gotten it when other women complain about them. To me if you buy a good quality pair that fits you well, it's no problem. I don't reccomend them for jogging of course, but just walking around seems fine.

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