You know, I was never really a shoe-girl.
In real life you’ll find me trudging around in a pair of Crocs (yes, I know I’ve committed a supposed fashion-crime by wearing them, let alone loving them, but I do so there!) or my battered red Converse. I have some fabulous Catwoman Converse, too, and some Hello Kitty Vans. Oh, and I have a pair of flat pumps in a burgundy leopard-print for work/going out, and a nice pair of clumpy faux-fur boots that I adore. But that’s it; hardly a collection, let alone a fashion statement!
To be honest in real-life I’ve never understood how women could go all ‘Hello Lover’ at a pair of heels so cripplingly high that they would give you a nose bleed and bunions as soon as you dared to put your toe into them. As if that wasn’t enough, the price of the ruddy things is completely beyond me. I don’t care if Manolo Blahnik himself made them, if you can’t guarantee that by wearing those shoes I’ll win an arse-kicking contest with a porcupine then I am just not interested. In my eyes if you see nothing wrong with spending the equivalent of a mortgage repayment on a pair of heels then there’s something very wrong with you.
To begin with in Second Life I wasn’t much of a shoe fetishist. For a long time my go-to heels for my posher virtual outfits were an old pair (well I guess you’d call them vintage now) of TESLA heels. They were a gift many years ago from the ever-amazing Codebastard Redgrave, and I still wear them. Tesla Miles made brilliant shoes; I do miss that brand!
But this year I’ve started to get wise to the wicked ways of the (virtual) shoe.
It’s the GOS BOUTIQUE shoes that started my transformation from footwear luddite to convert; Gospel Voom’s fantastic brand of heels and boots that are nothing short of pornographic. I swear to god, the Angelina peep-toe heels in ‘Black Python’ are the virtual equivalent of making mad, passionate love to Ms. Jolie herself. They are ASTONISHING.
ILO’s workboot collection for THE ARCADE spoke to me in a way no other boots ever have in-world, and I became obsessed by them. As a result, I’ve barely taken them off, and most of the time you’ll find me trudging around the grid in a pair of my gacha-won treasures. They were created and textured so perfectly how could I not love them? Oh, and don’t even get me started on Siddean Munro and her amazing SLink feet and footwear..GAHHH!
As you can see, my conversion once it started came on suddenly , and I would now consider myself well on the way to becoming a Second Life Shoe Addict.
And there isn’t a cure, in fact, my addiction is going to fully reveal itself come November 15th (Friday folks, FRIDAY!!) when SHOETOPIA 2013 opens to the public.
Now, I did a VERY SILLY thing by not entering the photo contest to be an official blogger (Damn you real life!!!)but no matter because some of the very best bloggers that Second Life have to offer will be covering the event for you. And what an event it promises to be! Readers, there are OVER FIFTY (gulp) footwear designers contributing to the show.
There are Gachas too (because we’re all addicted to those, right?) and all of this will take place across two sims that have a ‘Shoe Heaven’ theme. (Check out the fabulous photo on Moka’s Way-isn’t it breathtaking?!)
The event will last from November 15- November 30 2013, a total of 14 days, which is good because I imagine it will packed solid when it opens and will prove very difficult to get into.
But the very best thing, apart from all those beautiful, fabulous shoes, is that the event supports the charity SOLES 4 SOULS. The fact that it’s supporting such an amazing charity is reason enough to go and splurge all your Lindens, but Soles4Souls have committed at least 200,000 new pairs of shoes to the rescue, recovery, and rebuilding lives effort in the Philippines following this weekend’s dreadful typhoon disaster.
You can see a few of the treats in store by visiting the official Flickr group, and of course I’ll be showing you my lovely purchases once I’ve managed to get in!
This is one event that you really won’t want to miss; I’m considering camping on the sim border for the opening. Sell a virtual kidney, pawn all your virtual jewellery!
Fabulous shoes + Money for charity = WIN!!!