How could Mr Louboutin, I wondered, take on the challenge of designing Cinderella’s shoes when he started in this business by making shoes for cabaret dancers? One of my dearest childhood princesses, Cinderella, was going to wear the very epitome of shoes luxury, red soled Christian Louboutin shoes. I was, I admit, pretty deceived.
I am, you see, one of those who think that paying obscene amounts of money for a pair of shoes is not a priority. So I consequently saw a desacralisation of the said beloved fairy tale character when they made her wear Louboutin shoes. Wrong? You tell me… (this is not your average fashion story… read on)
When I think of all the efforts they make these days to push everything on the consumerism orbit, blinded by material needs and preoccupations, my stomach goes upside down. What do they want us to teach our girls now?
We were enjoying a family beach break the other day. The kids were digging tunnels in the sand and my sweet daughter (5) left all her beach toys behind and came to me, enchanted and mesmerized “mommy, your swimsuit is really beautiful! It sparkles so much!”.
Now if she were to pass behind me right now, and she would see my laptop screen with these shoes on display, she’d most definitely stop everything she was doing and marveled at the “beautiful” shoes. Because, you know, they sparkle so much! That, my dahlings, is what’s wrong with the world today (well, I could add politics and fast food to the list, but I would just be off – fashion): too much sparkle. It blinds you. It makes you forget that all those sparkling little Swarovski crystals could also scratch your skin, tear your dress or worse – they could fall off! then what? throw them shoes out the window?
I remember being completely in awe about Cinderella’s modest ways. She was so humble, so hard working, so good! I know that my Cinderella would never accept to wear such tasteless sparkling shoes, with their loud red soles and all. But maybe a Toddlers & Tiaras kind of girl would literally jump on them and cry tears of joy… So my dahlings! They’re re – releasing Cinderella? No! They’re rebranding it! They’re turning her into one of them! Into a consumerist! Into a sparkling materialist! And we’re letting them…