Don’t be late for a very important designer date. . .
SARAH Jessica Parker claims she could run a marathon in high heels and Madonna says that buying them is better than sex – and they last longer.
Irish women won't be parted from their high heels and our shoe fetish is set to go into overdrive tomorrow when the new sultan of heels arrives in Dublin to meet shoe aficionados for a metatarsal love-in.
Forget the flats, it will be vertiginous heels all the way as Imelda Marcos–types kick cutbacks to the kerb and splash out on new accessories to update existing outfits.
New kid on the block Nicholas Kirkwood is following in the footsteps of other legendary male shoe designers like Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin. All three are household names through the popularity of TV shows like ‘Sex And The City’.
However, they have a rival in young Kirkwood (30), whose shoes command prices between €375 and €600. While many admire his innovation of curvilinear forms, his mediums surprise some – shaved stingray, cobra, rubberised leather, buffalo horn and suede alligator are used alongside devore satin, handprinted suede and leather, degrade python and laser-cut mirror leather.
Kirkwood's challenge is to balance the masculine and the feminine and he says his preferred audience is the “woman with presence and intellect”.
The designer will be in Brown Thomas, Grafton Street, Dublin, between noon and 4pm tomorrow and there will be an exhibition of his bespoke, one-off ‘Alice in Wonderland’-inspired shoes, which feature a fob watch, roses and a miniature china teapot. It's one thing to buy them, but how many women can actually walk in their high heels? Ballet dancer Sarah Toner was handing out expert advice at BT2 last night, with tips on how to walk taller and develop a sexy lilt in your hips.
The irony is that female impersonators practise the art of wearing high heels, usually to perfection, but women don't bother.
Sarah has formatted a class on heel-wearing tips (www.fabinhighheels.com) based on key exercises to eliminate problems like tightened calf muscle caused by too many stiletto nights on the town.
She recommends doing knee exercises at your desk, which will loosen the knees and you will begin to walk with a gentle lilt in your hips.
Sarah has written a book in which she recommends that women keep their eyes off the floor and fix their gaze on a point several metres ahead of them, “because looking down will round your shoulders and strain you neck and you will not look or feel confident”.