Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Sportiletto and sporting spectacular: wot's that to do with red shoes?

The new high heel on the catwalk is a combi-shoe made from brightly coloured plastic components more like Lego footwear than anything else and at a price tag of £700 (sterling) per pair a must for all Transformers. Designer by Nicolas Ghesquière
for fashion house Balenciaga the inspiration for the design for the Sportiletto came in part from snowboarding but the real muse was the Fisher-Price 1-2-3 Rollerskate. Colour is clearly the fashion because Christian Louboutin has recently filed a trademark application with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to protect his red-soled shoes. Apparently the famous shoe designer wants to patent his red shiny shoes as his signature footwear. This seasons clamber for red shoes has made application all the more critical as rival brands like MiuMiu and New Look include red soled shies within their fashion collections. If he is successful in his application, I guess he will be jumping for joy. But will he be as happy as Women’s Soccer player Jill Scott (England and Everton)? The jinky wee substitute took off both her boots and kissed them after slicing past her marker on the left edge of the penalty area, she shot left-footed and then, when the ball rebounded her away, scored with her right foot. The game ended a 2 all draw against Japan at the Women’s World Cup 2007 China.

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