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My adventures into monomania
There comes a time in every individuals life in which they are faced with a choice. It's that moment when you see an item you just havetohave and if you happened to walk out without it, it's following you around in your dreams and daily activities. You can either give in to the urges and return to the store, credit card in hand, or you can suffer a lifetime of regrets for not buying it when you saw it.
I'm not usually the "I should have bought that..."type, but it's rare for me to take a heavy interest in anything at all. I'm actually more of a jeans and t-shirt type of girl, myself.
All Photos by Gina Blanchard, All Rights Reserved.
I have kind of "a thing" for this color if you hadn't gathered - I think it puts me somewhere between Neo-Victorian, Steampunk and the Renaissance Fair (which I also like to go to!).
What they say...
"....an alternative brand, satisfying the niche demand for edgy, out of the ordinary designs with a touch of alternative, Gothic and punk taste..."
Metropolis-cum-Hades - A shoe by either name...
Fresh, intense and wicked, the line yields flirtatious and flowery to naughty and almost perverse. To choose from their decadent menu is as straightforward as selecting the correct roll of sushi or the just-right engagement ring. If Sleek, Vintage, Victorian or Steam Punk are your thing, they have something for you. If your look is Bio-mechanical, Biker Chic or pulling from the Demonic side, they have something for you.
Once upon a time these were called "Metropolis" in their 2010 Debut. The brand was short lived to be replaced with something holding more personality for the lifestyle target. According to a source there, they changed the name to Hades because it is "....an alternative brand, satisfying the niche demand for edgy, out of the ordinary designs with a touch of alternative, Gothic and punk taste..."
Let them all be mine!
Industrial, artistic and did we mention sexy as all get out?
I must warn you, reader, lest you risk getting addicted if you have not already - turn back the way you came because this is an expensive habit. That is, I cannot say I have ever regretted adopting any of these into my life, but that I often dream of covering my wall with one of each pair simply to display and look at them daily. From adult-only stores to ravishing runways, these shoes are making the rounds globally.
They're not the best materials in the world (man-made synthetics) and they're only around the $100 range per pair, but I have worn them (dancing, even!) around for hours. I'll have you know I'm not normally a heel wearer and wouldn't be at all if it weren't for these babies and a certain need for a single pair of Christian LaCroix (but that is neither here nor there).
From giant rod sticking out the back of the heel to the little rubber stopper with which to balance the rear, these shoes scream for attention. They are available with lovely lace for your most feminine side to punk-rocked spike-lodged butt-kicking studs, or a metal-riddled steampunk style as pictured from my personal collection.
The company says their self-dedicated mission is to bring confidence to women and "....intricately designed shoes made not only with elegance but a dangerously addictive sex appeal..."
As the story goes
There alone it sat on the wall, size 9. I don't know what it is in most places of the world, but usually our display shoe is a size 6 - this one just happened to be in my size. Like it was meant to be.
I picked the single object up off of its display and weighed it around in my hands. With a worshiping eye I observed the underside and the over, borderline needing to wipe the drool away from the corner of my mouth. I had never seen my very hearts desire in footwear form. It was aesthetically pleasing but not something I would ever wear.
"Oooooh..." From behind me a friends voice resonated, yanking me out of my narcotic-like stupor. "What's that?" With a prodding finger gesticulated wildly in the direction of my toy.
MINE. IT'S MINE!
Buyer Beware; Very addicting
Once you start, you won't stop - they're swank and modern and I look for an excuse to wear them out any chance I get.
The HISTORY of Hades
Curious as I might ought to be about something I felt so passionate about, I shot an email over to the manufacturers to get the scoop on where they were coming up with these ideas. Here's what I discovered:
The design department is secretive (shhhh), but we now know that manufacturers, shoemakers and designers from around the globe participate in the process, but venturously bold designer Alexander McQueen is a large part of the inspiration for the ideas behind this iconic footwear. Makes sense to me!
The fashion industry is just starting to step into the realm of Hades, clientele expanding recently to:
European fashion shows
heavy metal band Melechesh
Takao (a Japanese popstar)
Closterkeller singer Anja Orthodox,
I Married a Mobster and Deadly Spins mob wife: Love Majewski
and stay tuned to see them worn by Angie Miller from American Idol.
Hades has two quality control departments (one out of California). They as a company take pride in quality production while keeping the prices low enough for those of us who can't afford to drop their entire paychecks on a new pair of boots.
In Their Words
"You don't have to be a fan of mainstream fashion to wear jaw-dropping shoes with a price tag that is only going to draw sighs. Our shoes are meant for the everyday girl who wants to wear something eye-catching with a a little bit of bad girl style. Think Lady Gaga, Avril Lavrigne and Rhianna. Beautiful girls but not so angelic persona. Women who stand up for themselves and aren't afraid to speak their mind."
What kind of shoes suit you best?
What kind of shoes suit you best?
Tattoo by Ross Grajewski, Creative Visions, Monterey, CA.
Did you know?
Diego Fonseca can tie his shoelaces in 0.63 seconds
Imelda Marcos had 2,700 pairs of shoes. 2,700!!!
In 17th century Europe it was fashionable to wear six-inch heels. It took a servant to either side to upright the wearer.
16th and 17th century shoes were red-heeled in Europe.
Catherine de Medici, a noblewoman of Italian decent, was believed to have started the heel trend with her need to impress the King with a taller stature.
Something of 15% of women have more than 30 pairsof shoes. I am not one of those women myself.
On average, she'll spend $25,000 in her lifetime.
Also on average, those shoes will be six 6. If you're me they'll be a size 9- which is the size for an average male.
Madonna keeps shoes just to see them. They're fragile and kept in silk paper.
The word for a fetish for long heels is Altocalciphilia.
In the original Snow White, the stepmother dances herself to death with heated iron shoes on her feet. Some consider that to be the happy ending version.
To date the most spent on a pair of shoes (well, the ruby red slippers from the Wizard of Oz) was $665,000.
Robert Wadlow has the largest feet in the world. He wears a size 37. You know what they say about guys with big feet.
Would you wear them?
Would you wear these heels?