Kitty’s Getting Ready For Shoetopia-ARE YOU?


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!!! 


Yummy! Tesla and Ivalde Hotness

(See what I did there? Clever kitty!) I haven’t paid much mind to clothing shopping this past few weeks, but that’s all changed following some amazing recent releases that caught my eye. First up, I want to show some love for Ivalde, something which I really don’t do enough of. Ivalde, for me, is one of the most graceful design houses in-world, and it is of no surprise that it has many ardent fans amongst the Second Life populace. Whenever I visit it’s busy (Just like ‘Last Call’ used to be whenever I ventured near, and consequently took ages to get into) and that’s probably because of the quality that is on offer: when you wear an Ivalde design you know that you’re channelling the classical elegance that screen sirens such as Lauren Bacall, Grace Kelly and Marylin Monroe oozed out of every pore. In fact there’s a whole range of Marylin Monroe inspired creations for you to enjoy, as well as garments reflecting many different decades and eras such as Victorian and Edwardian. This trip however I wanted to check out the dresses; I can never have enough dresses and they are just that little bit spesh. Immediately I landed and was in clothes heaven. The angels of habidashery surrounded me in a warm blanket of couture loveliness (Yes, it’s official, I’ve lost it!) and led me to the glory that is the Verun frock. I bought it in black ( naturally) but if I had the dosh I’d get the whole package as they are so utterly delicious, perfectly shaped and and with the seductive ruching and prim collar that they’d look perfect for any occasion. I also fell in a big way for this dress, the Konstante White Emo dress, because It is just ruddy well perfect, in an entirely 1980’s way. (Both styles being horrendoulsy fashionable in RL at the moment.) I love the fit but I had a few issues with shoulder seams and the belt was a damn pain in the ass to adjust, but after I mixed it up with some accessories from Yummy and my quintessential Tesla shoes I’d forgiven it:) Speaking of Tesla, the lovely Miss Miles dropped a package on me that contained some rather FABULOUS sunglasses. These are called ‘Oracle’, are *scripted* and can be worn on your face or moved up onto your skull. They look good down, but look how good they look perched on my bonce, the whole outfit just works doesn’t it? Buy these babies and you don’t need anymore sunnies either, as the menu allows for colour change (great colours too!)and opacity of glass. Wonderful superstarry shades these aren’t they? Methinks she’s been channelling Yoko Ono! More credit to Tesla for creating these beauties at a measley L$499, as I’ve seen shades on sale that aren’t half as good for the same price. Yes, I know I sold my soul to Tesla a long time ago, but I don’t care, because when she makes wonderfulness like this can you seriously blame me for being a Tesla Miles groupie? No? EXACTLY! So there you go, Yummy, Ivalde and Tesla all in one lickable 80’s ensemble….oohh I’m spent!

Tesla makes Kitty go all Lalafoofoo!

I know I’ve blogged to infinity and beyond about Tesla, but quite frankly if she keeps producing such stupendous content then I’m going to keep blogging about it! She’s updated her FREE, yes FREE, ‘Elise Mary Jane Heels’ and they look *lovely*. They’re an essential in any SL girls wardrobe and were fantastic before, but now they are super-shiny and defined. You have to respect any in-world designer who creates items and gives them away for free, but when a designer revisits their freebie and refreshes it? Well, that’s some designer….Anyway, I was busily trying to think of an ensemble that would show these beauties in their best light. To be frank, you could probably just wear these and that would be enough, *but* not all of us want to air our pixels in public, so a fitting ensemble was definitely on the cards. Cue Lalafoofoo, where you’ll find separates that mix and match to perfection and are not only beautifully rendered but exceptionally reasonably priced to boot. The Henley top that I’m wearing is backless and detail on both the leggings and the top are more than adequate. The store is located within Celestial Studios, and when you read the associated blog you’ll discover that the designer is actually Starley’s sister! Good design skills must be genetic:) The ensemble is finished off with some colour change earrings from Lulu and a gorgeous hair rose from Essence.
A pretty, neat look:)