After looking at Manolo Blahnik’s little online greeting card for perhaps longer than I needed to, I started contemplating the matter of accessorizing, which indeed is no small manner. What, I wondered, would one wear with this very red and somewhat bulky shoe? The photo offers no indication; indeed, it hews to that trope made popular in fashion books and lad mags alike, the notion of a woman wearing nothing but high heels. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know anybody like that, and while my world is obviously the poorer for it, it’s not like I’d have any kind of chance with someone who is known to have done that sort of thing, such as Mary-Kate Olsen, and besides, she just got married to someone older, though certainly not older than I am.
At the very least, I reasoned, one would not wear this with an actual red dress: that would be overkill. Cristina up in Toronto came up with one case where red shoes and red dress work, and that’s on the red carpet with a very minimal red shoe:
Here we see Rosamund Pike at the 2015 Academy Awards, resplendent in Givenchy, wearing about the least amount of material that can legitimately be called a shoe. For any other situation, you need to throw in at least one additional color, as Pike does here with a green platform:
And well, since I don’t give up on mental images quickly enough, once again Rosamund Pike, this time not wearing shoes, and probably not anything else either:
Although if you really want your eyes to bug out, what you need to see is a list of Pike’s nominations and awards for her work in 2014’s Gone Girl, one of which resulted in her being on that particular red carpet in the first place.