A couple days ago, we talked about Christian Louboutin’s burgeoning heel-height diversity, and reactions were…mixed. Louboutin’s sky-high stilettos and platforms have a very ardent group of fans, and some of you were not amused by Louboutin’s attempts to venture beyond those aesthetic guidelines, mostly because the shoes just weren’t sexy. Is it utterly impossible for a mid-heel shoe to be sexy? I don’t think so. Neither does Hedi Slimane, apparently, because get a load of the Saint Laurent Optical Mid-Heel Zipper Pump.
Perhaps my definition of “sexy” is a bit wider, but I’ve never really associated it with immobility, or with shoes that a woman is only comfortable wearing while, er, on her back. To me, sexy doesn’t have to be for a special occasion or outfit – it can be something expressed in a demeanor, a texture or even a mid-heel shoe. Slimane, who’s so far carving out a particular rocker-chic look for himself at YSL (unsurprising, if you know his history), brings a little of that to this shoe, along with a serious dose of sexiness. Black leather and zippers fit both looks perfectly, and the illusion that the shoe is opening up to reveal something red and exciting beneath its tough exterior is exactly the sort of innuendo of which sensuality is made.
All of that is happening on this shoe, all while the heel sits at a modest three inches, low enough for most women to wear for a couple of hours without any painful regrets. If I had to write a manifesto on the topic of everyday sexiness, I’d start right here. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $844.