We interrupt this message to bring you the following…. Well actually we just interrupt. We don’t mean to be rude or anything; but, as they say, stuff just keeps happening. It isn’t an event this time, but something even more exciting – something that hits the sweet spot at foot, eye, brain and heart – not necessarily in that order – and just makes us sing with delight. (That’s right sing – we’re thinking Handel right now – “If I persist in gazing….” We’ve put a few “Bubbles” in your Champagne here, just in case you missed us.) What we’re gazing at is this. We have to give credit to a Facebook pal for tipping me off to this. Cynthia, we’re blowing you a big kiss here.
She thought it was a dog, and actually it turned out to be a cat. But we love them both so it’s all good. Actually it’s a, uh, — well you can see it’s a shoe. It’s also the work of a genius: Kobi Levi, a footwear designer based in Tel-Aviv. Actually, he’s an artist; and his medium is footwear – the foot and everything we wrap around it. This is design that rises to the level of art (as the best design frequently does – see, McQueen, Alexander, or – an obvious parallel here – Schiaparelli). The frustrating thing is that, for the moment at least, his designs are only available in Israel. He has been working with a number of design companies both there and internationally; and his designs have been shown in international design fairs. But, having trolled the internet for retail outlets, so far to no avail, it may be that the only sure way to acquire a pair is by private commission. (You might want to ask Lady Gaga about that; he designed her famous “Double” boots.) We may have to ask Michelle Obama to intervene. Her husband won’t mind.
Since we were recently on the subject of swimwear (yes – we’ll return to it at least once more before the dog days – so to speak – are upon us), you might have a look at the “Slide.” It’s all that and more (and perhaps the only design we really questioned in terms of stability and balance – the balance always being key for any heel). But the shoe that really made my heart sing (or talk?) was the “Toucan.” You were looking for a new spectator? We’d say you found it – wouldn’t you? The “Ducks” also sent our dogs bow-wowing. As for the magnificent “Swan” – forget the summer, we’d happily break that out for a winter night. Black or white, Odette or Odile – in shoes like these, the only way you could navigate those icy social streams is regally. As for “XXX,” we’ll leave the best part of this to your imagination. But have a look – it’s a classic pump. What’s not to love? It’s just a love pump. (Of course it’s carnal: it goes on your foot.)
It’s all about the love here.