His “Highness” And The Sedan Chair: Christian Louboutin’s New 6 1/2 Inch Heels

dd03b24a7f1034352df7aead393ccac1 649f12a689a1a39183c123e2b04e42ec 0ffd5844ed6861a62a7cf7d8860fbdf8I  suspect there is a certain class of 21st Century show-off who would love being transported around NYC in a sedan chair.

The idea is not as nuts as it sounds now that Christian Louboutin is doing his red-soled 5247aedb9679e81f7874fefa01f51ad25eef1c7ae344a564d62ef9ab6c2d438d04224009b017423a78b76d762f998ddee5c1e5a7ecefd1d2edfd6592efd9837aplatforms  with six  1/2″ heels.

Shoes this high are a low point for women, rendering us as immobile and slavishly devoted to ridiculous ostentation as the Marie Antoinette crowd. There is more than a hint of a bondage/fetish vibe about this silly and potentially dangerous new spring look.

Louboutin’s ” Highness” Shoes retail from $1,000-$2,000.

Bergdorf’s copy admits:

“Not for beginners: A must-have for the veteran Louboutin lover, this Christian Louboutin pump makes you over half a foot taller. A concealed statement platform enhances the appeal of the crimson-flashed sole.

  • Sleek patent calfskin forms classic pump silhouette.
  • Snipped peep toe.
  • 6″ covered heel displays signature red sole; 2 1/4″ concealed platform lowers equiv. to approx. 4″.
  • “Highness” is made in Italy.”

From Jane Austen’s World:  …”The Sedan Chair was invented in France and later introduced to Britain. It consisted of a covered box carried on two polessedan-chair-bath, and proved invaluable to rich people traveling to social gatherings in their finery, in the days when there was no pavement and  streets would become very muddy. Below is an etching of a Georgian street scene of a Sedan Chair being used near the Pump Room in Bath. The entrances to the grand Georgian houses were

Sedan Chair Made For The Countess Of Sprencer At Althorpe, 1760

Sedan Chair Made For The Countess Of Spencer At Althorpe, 1760

large enough to enable chairs to be carried right up to the door so the occupant would not get wet!

As previously stated, Sedan chairs for hire were common in London. Chairmen wore a uniform, were licensed to carry passengers, and had to display a number, like today’s taxi drivers. Three hundred chair permits were issued in London and Westminster in the early 1700′s. A similar system was later used in Scotland, where a fare system was established in 1738. A trip within a city cost six pence and a day’s rental was four shillings. It cost £1 1 shilling to hire a sedan chair for a week. The chairs were available around the clock, but after midnight the chairmen would be paid double the fare.

Because these portable chairs could be carried inside buildings, people could be transported around the city without being identified. This made it easier for people who were evading the law to go about their business, or for public personages to carry on trysts. Links-boys would light the road at night, and they waited until they were needed again to light the way back. As the painting below shows, accidents did happen!

Rowlandson, Sedan chair breaking down Chairmen  were notoriously rude and unscrupulous often locking their passengers in the chair until they had paid the exorbitant fare.  Beau Nash licensed them and set reasonable fares. Their demise came when a local man invented the “Bath chair,” a 3 wheeled vehicle.” –Jane Austen’s World

 

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