Associating modern fashion with fictional characters is something that my friend John does particularly well over at Textbook; so much so, in fact, that he’s more or less got the market cornered on the intersection of the stylish and literary. When I laid eyes on the Sophia Webster Felice Booties, though, I didn’t have to consult him about which fictional girl might don these shoes – they were clearly made with Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita in mind.
It’s been a few years since I’ve read Nabokov’s troubling tale of underage obsession and lust, but even someone that’s never read the book itself could probably look at these shoes and know that they’re drawing on the book’s depiction of Dolores Haze as sexually precocious tween. “Lolita” has become such a convenient cultural shorthand for exactly that combination of innocence and sexuality that I’m almost surprised these shoes are named Felice instead of Lolita. Wouldn’t want to put too fine a point on it, I suppose.
Can you think of a better wearer for this design? If so, let us know in the comments. If not, and if you fancy yourself a bit of a full-grown Lolita (which is a little weird, sorry), pick up a pair of these shoes for $704 via Matches.