Thursday, May 24, 2007

Splurge v's Save!

Today I visited one of my favourite little Asian shops in a shopping centre. They usually have a million and one pairs of cute cheap shoes for less than $30 a pop! Always a trustworthy place to stock up. But today, while trying on said pairs of cute heels and flats, I came to a new realisation! I don't want to buy cheap shoes anymore! The reason I stock up so regularly is because the shoes are such poor quality and last maybe 20 wears before they start to look shabby. This realisation made me sad though, because I find it very difficult to find shoes I like. And I like buying lots of pairs instead of just one pair every now and again.

What do you think? Do you splurge or save on items and how important is quality to you?

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Designer Kicks

Because I know lovers of high heels don't often read Sneaker Freaker, and probably don't scour the net for designer kicks, I offer you Marc Jacobs collaboration with Vans.

Perfection right?

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Ohh MySpace!

Seeing as this is a new blog, I'd really like to get my small but valued group of readers to help me make this exciting! I've started a MySpace to help get people to this - please add me!

Post a picture in the comments section (on my Myspace) of your favourite pair of shoes. Whether they be $2000 Jimmy Choos, $20 Kmart flats, the freshest Nike kicks or a pair of your most loved vintage heels - they are all welcome. The more variety the better!!

I can't offer much in return for this except a bit of a voyeuristic looksee into other people's shoe wardrobes!

Thanks guys!!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Melissa, Melissa! You're breaking my heart!

The Brazilian brand Melissa has been around for a bit, but Order and Progress - one of my favourite Melbourne stores - is also stocking the brand.

The brand has an extensive range, from sneakers to heels and everything in between. The brand is quirky yet well designed for comfort.

Check the brand out at

Order and Progress
Curtain House
Level 6, 252 Swanston St
9654 1329

And while you are there, check out Metropolis Books and a new bar The Toff in Town.

Please note that the brand has several other stockists, check out the Melissa website for more details.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

The Bow Obsession

My boyfriend thinks I'm a bit 'bow crazy' but I can't help it. Everytime I try to buy something, it has a damn bow on it. Now I do love bows, I always have, but the current trend is really getting on my nerves!

For example, a list of the latest things I have purchased includes
  • Two smock style knee length dresses - both with bows at the bust
  • Two pairs of shoes, one ballet flat (understandable) but the other pointy flats
  • A long top with puffy sleeves and a printed bow on the front
  • A loose bowtie
  • Diamante bow studs
So it seems that maybe I am a little bit obsessed, but so is the fashion world and it's just a bit of overkill I think.

I'd like to see some new styles of shoes. Don't get me wrong, I love a bit of bow obsession, but not on everyone.

Oh the pain they cause

It's been a while since I posted anything and I suddenly had the inspiration.

A friend sent around a group email with pictures of an elderly Chinese woman who had been part of the feet binding era. The tortorous act cannot be traced to any one beginning but historians claim dancers bound their feet to make the shape of two half moons, or the story about the Empress of the Shang dynasty who had a clubbed foot and did not want to be known as having this condition. According to this legend she asked her husband to make binding feet mandatory for all girls, therefore making her condition 'beautiful.

An example of the type of shoes women with bound feet wear
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On the topic of painful things we do to ourselves in the name of fashion and beauty, I think it's important for women's health that designers try to design shoes in a way that caters to both needs of modern day queens. Of course style is important and that stiletto heel is a must for certain occasions but how to make those shoes last a whole night, and subsquently day? Most women can't wear heels in a situation where they must stand, for more than a few hours. But the revolution of shoes has begun, just look at what Cole Haan has to offer. A collaboration with those clever cats at Nike, and look, we have air in our platforms.

Susie of Style Bubble always has something interesting to say on the topic of shoes, and I particularly like the way Susie integrates fashion with everyday life and other art forms too. This includes architecture. I have a keen interest in architecture, studied it for a year straight out of highschool. I regret not continuing but I'd still be at uni now if I did!!

The Bhmer range of shoes certainly transcends traditional ideas of shoe design and style. Take a look and let me know what you think!