Manolo says, what better way to spend your Monday than contemplating the beautiful pair of the golden Stuart Weitzman sandals, with the beautiful Swarovski crystal details, and with the beautiful name of the Orchid?
Manolo says, it is not often that the Manolo comes across the shoe image that is so unpleasant that he says “ick” in disgust, however, such is the case with this “Killer Heels” shoe ad.
Happily, the Manolo is not the only person who feels uneasy about this ad.
This print advertisement for promoting products of NMA attracted considerable opposition in Britain. The advertisement is showing a large black stiletto-heeled shoe, running through on the metal heel was the body of a man and the heel was in a pool of blood. The punch line of the advertisement said, ‘Killer heels by NMA’ and it was published in leading newspapers of Britain. The complainants alleged that, since the advertisement promoted and trivialized violence, particularly against men. The complaints also accused the advertisement for being offensive and sexist and unsuitable for use.
The advertisers argued that the advertisement was a visual witticism on the expression ‘Killer Heels’ and was extremely inventive to make it stand out from other fashion advertisements. They further contended that, to avoid causing offence, they had created the advertisement to appear like a cartoon by showing a heel, which was out of proportion to the size of the man and was unrealistically ‘’spearing’ the man.
Manolo says, after viewing the post about the High Tide Heels, one of the Manolo’s very perceptive internet friends, the Elle, has left the comment noting that Jean Paul Gaultier had sent the high-heeled flippers down the runway in his Spring 2007 Ready-To-Wear.
Naturally, the Manolo had to find these shoes and show them to his friends,
And so, voila!
Although the Manolo remembers this Gualtier show very well, he admits to having completely missed these amusing flipper-shoes.
And for the next example of the high tide heels, it is also the smartie Elle who has provided the Manolo with the link to this photo below.
Once again, there is no indication of the provenance of this picture, other than that it appeared in the webpages of the Sydney Morning Herald. If any of the Manolo’s sharp eyed friends known from whence it comes, please tell.
UPDATE: The designer of the High Tide Heels has been identified!