The YSL Tribute, Redux

Manolo says, here is yet another article about this year’s Super Duper Hottest-Hippest Shoe!!!!, the Yves Saint Laurent Tribute. (About which the Manolo has already written.)

YOU’LL fall head over heels. Maybe literally.

The must-have shoe for spring is the “Tribute” from Yves Saint Laurent, adorned with a towering 5 1/2-inch heel. Sold out in most New York retailers, it’s one of the tallest high-fashion shoes ever produced – yet celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani can’t wait to walk at elevations usually reserved for Las Vegas dancers and Vivid Video actresses.

And who among us would not wish to look like the porn actress?

Of the course, this has not kept the slavering masses and their enablers in the press from enthusing in the breathless voices.

“You’re not going to feel sexier in another shoe,” says Chris Frey, accessories director at Lucky magazine. “It’s one of those things you wear when you’re jumping into a cab, going to the event, and jumping out of a cab. I have a shelf life of about two hours in a shoe like this.”

Frey says the shoe’s insane sex appeal isn’t just about the height, but also the shape and style. Plus, she thinks there’s something confident, gutsy and cool about a girl who can get that high.

“I think what’s so cool about it is we’ve been seeing platforms for so many seasons and they’re not going away. But YSL sexied it up by adding the stiletto,” she says. “Plus it’s a Mary Jane style that’s so hot this season with an ankle strap that’s not too high on the ankle so it still makes your leg look super-long.”

For Frey, they’re also inspirational.

“It’s a lunge-inducing shoe because you want to wear the shortest skirt possible with them,” she says. “It’s like a gym membership for a year in a shoe, because as soon as you put them on you feel five pounds thinner.”

And fifty IQ points dumber.

It is not the bad shoe in the shorter versions, but this excessively tall one is just silly.

13 Responses to “The YSL Tribute, Redux”

  1. Mrs E May 3, 2007 at 1:00 pm #

    Hear hear! What’s with this obsession with high shoes that nobody can walk in?

  2. Annalucia May 3, 2007 at 1:46 pm #

    The heel of five and one-half inches…ay, ay, ay…the mere thought of this gives the Annalucia the shooting pains in the tendons of Achilles.

  3. Wildflower May 3, 2007 at 2:08 pm #

    I thought that the main advantage to heels was to make the silhouette of your legline prettier, not to make you taller. For this reason, I don’t “get” platforms of any type. They look clunky.

  4. La Cot May 3, 2007 at 2:54 pm #

    La Cot, she does not understand the appeal of the shoe that is towering, tacky, and expensive…

  5. Ruffa la Femme May 3, 2007 at 3:29 pm #

    “And fifty IQ points dumber.”

    Ha!

  6. Jen May 3, 2007 at 4:45 pm #

    What an unfortunate photo of Christina – I know she’s really lovely, but here she looks like a transvestite.

  7. SoulPlane May 3, 2007 at 5:46 pm #

    Yea, that is not the most flattering picture of Christina. She looks awful. I don’t really know anyone who would “want to look like a porn actress.” Most of my friends stick to the classier shoes, the kids you find a nice department stores like Lord and Taylor etc. I for one wouldn’t want to look like that pic!

  8. nursemyra May 3, 2007 at 6:39 pm #

    bunions…..

  9. gemdiva May 4, 2007 at 12:00 pm #

    These shoes are the equivalent of oversized breast implants for the feet. Both are extremely difficult to maneuver in and make their owners appear ridiculous.

  10. Camila May 22, 2007 at 1:45 am #

    Hi! I am looking for a place where I can find the 6 inch Tribute shoes from YSL…the Saks site only has the 4 inch version, and I cannot find the 6 inch version anywhere! Help!!!

  11. Mochi-kun June 7, 2007 at 7:36 pm #

    Heu, I am I the only one here who adores this shoe ? Personally, I don’t have the slightest bit of trouble walking about in mine, and whilst they are not the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned, I’ve nary a blister to show for the many, many kilometres walked in them. Then again, as a figure skater, it could simply be that I am used to constant foot-cramping.

    Camila : I wish you the best of luck in your search, especially if you are looking for the black shoe with the bone-ivory heel. I recommend that you call a YSL boutique, as it seems to be the only place to get the 105mm version, if you are lucky and have a foot bigger than size 37,5. Incidentally, I was told that the 105mm Tribute will be carried over into the next season — albeit in different colours and materials — and I believe that you can pre-order them now. Good hunting !

  12. Ann August 17, 2007 at 11:20 am #

    I am trying really hard to get the shoes; and definitely the 6 inch heel ones. The 3 inch heel is not that attractive I think.
    This is one of the best shoes I have seen, and platforms are definitely much more comfortable than flat ones… and the strap makes it even easier to walk on them since the it helps the weight to be distributed evenly on the whloe foot…
    And definitely the sexiest…I don’t know what’s with the platform, but they make the leg longer as well sexy…

  13. Ann August 18, 2007 at 2:54 pm #

    Hey, I got them! I am sooo excited…I got them in black patent leather…They are fall edition…
    I have been wearing them all day at home…I know…but can’t help it…