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:
- 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 poles, 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
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!
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