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Strap into leather gladiator sandals from Aldo

gladiator sandals by aldoIf you haven’t yet joined the gladiator sandal trend, Aldo has just provided the perfect excuse to do so.

The brand has just introduced Hastina, a 4.5 inch high heeled gladiator sandal with a bone suede upper.

The sexy gladiator has a 15 inch caged shaft and it ties up with laces. Hastina from Aldo can be found on Amazon.com with prices ranging from $38.18 to $92.75. Sizes are becoming limited so be quick!

Check out more pictures of these shoes below.

bone gladiator sandals

Aldo sandals

Hastina Aldo heels

sexy gladiator sandals

 

Why do people drink champagne out of high heels?

Christian Louboutin champagneDrinking champagne out of stilettos is one of the weirder things people do with high heels. So when did it start, and why do people do it?

The practice of quaffing champagne out of a slipper appears to have first been used to pay tribute to the artistry of female dancers prior to 1900.  Perhaps in those male-dominated times it was seen a more appropriate way of showing respect than simply grovelling at the dancers’ feet. However the exact origins of the practice are a little hazy.

Christian Louboutin’s shoes for champagne swilling

In 1999, Christian Louboutin and champagne maker Piper-Heidsieck combined to create a package comprising a bottle of champagne and a crystal heel shaped glass from which to drink it. The limited edition package was called Le Rituel and it retailed through high-end stores for $500.

When promoting Le Rituel, Louboutin referred to a practice of Russian tourists in 19th-century Paris, who would apparently drink vodka out of ballerinas’ slippers. For this reason he said he decided to model his crystal champagne flute on a Cinderella theme, not “dirty old Russian guys in the 19th century.”

The designer may have been correct in suggesting that vodka was served to Russian tourists in this way. However, what is not in doubt is that the female cabaret dancers of Folies Bergère in Belle Époque Paris would regularly serve champagne to gentleman admirers from the inside of their dancing shoes during this period.

Drinking from high heels in Russia… and maybe England

We also know that this ritual was itself inspired by the ballerinas of the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow in the 1880s. While multiple sources say that the Russian ballerinas used champagne for this ritual, it is perhaps possible that vodka was not also used on some occasions there too. The theory is not widely implausible as there is an established custom in Ukraine of drinking vodka from a bride’s shoes on her wedding night.

Although the custom of drinking champagne from a slipper is widely credited as beginning in Russia in the 1880s, one source has been identified which suggests it may have been around a lot longer. The source – a review in a newspaper from 1893 – attributes the practice of drinking champagne out of a figurante’s white satin slipper to Fop’s Alley in the reign of William IV (1765 to 1837). Fop’s Alley was the passage through the centre of the pit in an 18th century opera house or theatre.

Drinking from high heels spreads to the USA

However it originated, the best-known example of a person sipping champagne from a stiletto occurred in America’s most famous brothel in the early hours of 4 March 1902. That venue was the Everleigh Club in Chicago, where Prince Henry of Prussia was being entertained with a lavish banquet.

As part of the celebrations, Vidette, the best dancer amongst the Club’s butterflies, was dancing on a table to the music of the Blue Danube waltz. In the middle of her routine, she kicked and her silver stiletto flew across the room and hit a bottle of champagne. A man standing nearby picked it up, raised it high and drank the champagne from the shoe.

This started a chain reaction, as Karen Abbott writes in her acclaimed book Sin in the Second City:

Prince Henry’s entire entourage arose, yanked a slipper from the nearest girl, and held it aloft. Waiters scurried about, hurriedly filling each shoe with champagne.

“To the Prince.”
“To the Kaiser.”
“To beautiful women the world over.”

After this, it did not take long for the trend to spread beyond the Everleigh Club. Charles Washburn charted its progress in his 1934 book Come into my parlor : a biography of the aristocratic Everleigh sisters of Chicago:

A custom soon to gain momentum across the land was dedicated. Wine was sipped from a slipper for the first time in America.

It was the only interlude ever to be broadcast from that celebrated revel. In New York millionaires were soon doing it publicly, at home-parties husbands were doing it, in back rooms, grocery clerks were doing it — in fact, everybody was doing it. What? Drinking wine from slippers! It made a more lasting impression on a girl than carrying her picture in a watch. No wonder it became so popular.

Drinking from high heels becomes part of pop culture

By the first half of the twentieth century, drinking champagne from stilettos was seen as an act of extravagant decadence, which was sometimes parodied in the art world. Oscar Hammerstein II referred to it in the lyrics to his 1927 song “Life Upon the Wicked Stage” for his Broadway musical Show Boat. In the 1939 MGM film At the Circus, Groucho Marx humorously reminisced:

That night I drank champagne from your slipper. Two quarts. It would have held more but you were wearing inner soles.

By the 1950s, women too were getting in on the act. In 1951, American actress Tallulah Bankhead sipped champagne from her slipper during a press conference to celebrate her arrival in London. And in 1957, English actress Julie Andrews drank a toast to the cast of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella by sipping from her glass slipper.

Drinking from high heels in modern times

In modern times, the most famous example of alcohol being consumed from footwear comes from renowned shoe-lover and director Quentin Tarantino. In 2010, Tarantino’s muse Uma Thurman let him drink white wine out of one of her stilettos.

The pair were at the New York Friars Club Roast at the Hilton Hotel to honour Tarantino, and the shoes in question were black velvet high heels designed by Christian Louboutin. To the amusement of the audience, Thurman filled the second of her shoes with wine and had a drink from it herself.

So, why do people drink out of high heels? As the history of this quirky practice suggests, there are different reasons. What started as a way to salute dancers has now become a tribute to female beauty generally.

But it can be also be more than that: a symbol of extravagant decadence, or of high celebration. A way of combining the sex appeal and beauty of heels with the luxury of champagne. A way of revelling in the great things in life, or perhaps a grand romantic gesture. Or maybe it is just a way to ruin perfectly good champagne?

Drinking in high heels

2016’s best black work pumps

There’s a true art to finding the perfect pair of black work pumps: they must be super comfortable, they need to be reasonably priced and they’ve got to be hard-wearing and versatile.

The heel height should be no higher than 4 inches, and it is essential that the uppers are made of leather not a synthetic material. The perfect pumps have to look great too.

BCBGeneration high heels

We’ve reviewed the best black work pumps that fit this criteria for 2016, and there’s one clear winner in the sub-$100 category.

The shoe is called Treasure by BCBGeneration. It has a perfect 5/5 rating on Zappos.com, with reviewers labelling it “super comfortable,” “very comfortable” and “comfy, sexy, classy.”

Treasure is available in 3 different shades of black, including black patent pictured above. This classy leather work pump retails online for only $70 via Zappos with free shipping and returns.

If Treasure is not your style, or you want to compare this shoe with others on offer, you can check out the full range of black, four inch pumps stocked by Zappos here (currently over 120 pairs).

Please be aware that our links are affiliate links to our partner Zappos. This means if you click through and buy we’ll get a small percentage (you do not pay any extra).

Metallic mules are on trend – and drop dead sexy too

Ted Baker metallic mules

Metallics are super trendy right now and so are mules. That makes this double strap, metallic mule by Ted Baker a very fashion-forward high heel. It’s drop-dead sexy too.

The chic double strap mules are called Chablise and a 4 inch stiletto heel. They have patent leather straps and a lightly padded footbed for comfort.

The mules are available for $195 from Zappos where they have a perfect 5 star rating (more pictures below and via the link). Shipping and returns are free.

silver double strap metallic mules

Metallic mules

 

Converting high heel heights from inches to mm

In this post we explain how to accurately convert heel heights from millimetres to inches (or vice versa).

The simple fact is that there are no tricks to converting heel heights! It is just easy math, with the key formulas being that 10mm = 1 cm and 2.54cm = 1 inch.

In reverse, 1mm =0.039 of an inch.

The need to convert arises because European manufacturers will usually use millimetres or centimetres to refer to the height whereas Americans will typically use inches. But then almost all online retailers go by inches meaning that they convert from mm even where the heels are European.

Generally, heel heights are rounded approximately when they are converted. For an example of the conversion, we will use Christian Louboutin’s popular 100mm (ie 10cm) Pigalle heels. These heels are advertised by Louboutin with the height in mm not in inches.

Converting 100mm to inches gives a height of 3.94 inches. However, these calculations are almost always rounded so the 100mm Pigalle is generally referred to as the 4 inch version of the pump.

In a similar way, a 4 inch pump converts to 101.6mm but would ordinarily be referred to as a 100mm (10cm) heel.

Conversion guide for heel heights

An approximate conversion guide for common heel heights is as follows:

3 inch heels = 75mm
4 inch heels = 100mm
5 inch heels = 125mm
6 inch heels= 150mm

Sometimes errors in the conversion come because the high heel heights have not been measured correctly. You may find it helpful to read our post on measuring high heel heights too.

Platforms – the shoe trend that Paris Hilton loves and Manolo Blahnik hates!

platform high heels
If you want to get *really* high on heels then there’s a simple answer: platforms! Combined with a high heel, a platform can add many inches of height but without the pain from a really high spike stiletto.

The key to these awesome leather ankle-strap stilettos is indeed in the platform. While the heel is 7.9 inches high, a 2.4 inch platform makes a net rise of a manageable 5.5 inches.

The platforms featured here are available right now at Milanoo via this link.

Platforms are just fine with celebrity socialite Paris Hilton who is a devotee of the stepped-up look, and the comfort that platforms bring. Paris has confessed her love for platforms on her official website, saying:

I love front platforms. The trend is amazing because it makes shoes more comfortable while keeping the height to make your legs look longer and leaner.

But not everyone is a fan of platforms. Those who are against the trend even include legendary high heels designer Manolo Blahnik. Manolo once confessed that he “can’t stand platforms.”

Judging by the number of platforms on the market though, Manolo might be alone in thinking that.

platform heels

Cute strappy sandals from SJP

high heel sandals from Sarah Jessica Parker

We were a bit meh about the slow tease reveal when SJP first launched her own shoe label: long climb, short ride etc. But the collection seems here for the long haul and it really does have some beautiful pieces.

 

Thursday night “Fever” in Las Vegas. #SJPontheStrip

A photo posted by SJP Collection (@sjpcollection) on

The SJP Collection’s Instagram account (run by Sarah Jessica Parker herself) snapped the playful 4 inch Fever sandal on the Las Vegas strip a couple of weeks back. And it’s hot!

In fuchsia satin with a playful bow highlight, Fever is available from Zappos in limited sizes for $385. Shipping is free.

The perfect bridal shoes for the perfect day

Wedding high heels

If the highlights of your wedding reception were the amuse-bouches or the $12 per head you spent on chair coverings, then you may have missed the mark. In truth, the rules of wedding planning are no different from the rules of everyday life: make sure there’s plenty of alcohol, and spend the rest on shoes.

Casadei’s bridal collection can assist with the latter. A mere €650 will get you a pair of the Blade Sheer, an exquisite white nappa laminated mirror-leather peep toe heel with sheer mesh panels and a gold trim.

The Sheer has a 4 inch version of Casadei’s famous real steel blade heel, and is available online now from the designer’s website.

Casadei wedding heels

 

Casadei bridal shoes

High heel sneakers from Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin sneaker high heels

It’s 100% a mystery to me why more designers don’t produce high heel sneakers. Every time a pair come on the market they fly off the shelves.

Anyhow, Christian Louboutin knows a money-making shoe when he sees one, hence his new Boltina trainer high heel.

This new 4.8 inch stiletto has mesh side-panels and lining just like a sneaker. However dig beneath the surface and you’ll find the designer’s iconic red-sole – which is leather of course.

The sneaker high heel has a Christian Louboutin logo detail on both the tongue and heel.

UPDATE: as at at 10 March 2016, this shoe has sold out and is unavailable for sale. It was once sold from Neiman Marcus for $1,095 in April 2015. If this high heeled sneaker becomes available again we will link to retail outlets from this post.

sneaker high heels by Christian Louboutin

Pleaser’s “Domina” heels are a classic 6 inch mule

Pleaser Domina 6 inch mules

Pleaser’s Domina 101 mule has a reputation as one of the label’s highest and hottest stiletto sandals.

The sexy mule has been around for many years and can now be considered an instantly-recognisable classic. It gets at least a 4/5 star rating at major online retailers and is one of the most popular stiletto mules on the market.

You can purchase these super-sexy leather-strap slides from ShoeBuy.com where they retail for just $59.95 with free shipping within the USA (no minimum order).

The Pleaser Domina 101 is also available via Amazon Fashion where prices vary. Amazon’s reviewers have generally positive comments to say about the Domina, including:

I love these shoes…

Are they comfortable? Of course they are not. You don’t wear 6” to be comfortable.

Pleased to find a stiletto mule sandal. Bonus being reasonably priced for leather.

Such nice quality for the price.

Check out more pictures of the Domina mules below.

Pleaser Domina mules

 

 

Pleaser high heels