I have said before that my taste in women’s shoes seems to run toward the insubstantial. I am not sure how much this particular preference is due to an early-childhood overdose of Disney’s Cinderella and those wacky glass pumps — bibbiti-bobbiti-who? — and how much due to the ongoing desire for a proper cloaking device. One thing is for sure: a shoe I can barely see will command my attention.
There was a piece on InStyle.com last week about a “clear shoe” trend which featured about a dozen styles and a whole lot of Lucite. One of the featured shoes was a Steve Madden slingback pump with a leather toe cap and ankle strap; the rest, except for the footbed itself, was clear plastic. I duly went to look it up elsewhere, and found something clearer:
This is in fact called “Clearer”; there’s practically no upper at all, and the heels are hollowed out and filled with nothingness. Quips the copywriter at Zappos: “Pull out all the stops in your future-ready ensemble!” I want to see that ensemble when it’s assembled. “Clearer” sells for $110.