Magic Foot-Ensmallening Shoes from Gucci

I am not going to pretend I spend a lot of time worrying whether my feet look big.

I didn’t especially worry about it before, and now that I live in Mexico where the directions to my remote beach cottage involve, “turn left on the dirt road by the big pile of rocks onto the trail that looks like you could probably drive across it and turn right just before you hit sand. If you drive into a dolphin or other surprised marine creature, you’ve gone too far” whether my big feet do, in fact, look big usually gets pushed into the the “Bigger fish to fry” cavity of my sunbleached brain.

That being said, I do notice when a shoe makes my size 41’s look especially petite.

Enter the Viola from Gucci.

A few years ago during one especially torridly hot summer, I found a pair of bottle green silk velvet sandals in just this shape on practically obscene markdown at The Happiest Place on Earth, a.k.a, Neiman Marcus Last Call.

I’m pretty sure they’re Sergio Rossi and not Gucci –I’d check but they’re languishing somewhere in a storage facility stateside– but the moment I strapped them on, they made my Bob Terwilligers look like Tinkerbell toes.

They’re a festive party shoe, giving a bit of visual weight to anchor a cocktail dress without being full-on editorial.

Oh, and if you’re ever looking for a way to perk up your velvet shoes, set them in the steamiest part of your bathroom as you take a hot shower. Then rough up the nap with a shoebrush (an old toothbrush works too), let them cool a bit and brush the nap back into place.

 

 

 

4 Responses to “Magic Foot-Ensmallening Shoes from Gucci”

  1. Virginia Postrel October 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    Saks thinks I’m in the Czech Republic, which (if you’re expecting U.S. dollars) makes the price of those shoes look especially eye-popping.

  2. SusanC October 17, 2012 at 12:53 am #

    Ohh, thanks for the tip on Velvet shoes. I must try that with a pair I have lavished so much love and affection on that they are getting into “Real” territory (a la the Velveteen Rabbit) before they hop away.

    And it looks like we wear the same size (and share the same fig for how supposedly big our feet may look- at 5’10” a size 41 is dainty, I say!) Thanks for the directions to your place, Plumcake- if your shoe closet is someday suspiciously empty, I was absolutely nowhere near your place that week, nope…

  3. Danna October 17, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Sigh, these are lovely, no matter what you shoes size is.

  4. Victor October 17, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    I agree with Danna–those shoes are absolutely delightful. There is a playfulness to them that suggests they will not only make your foot smaller, they will take several years from your step, as well.