Whenever I photograph shoes, countless thoughts run through my head. Words just feverishly jumping about, or scrolling along like a banner. Sometimes I’m reminded of Disney Princesses, and other times I wonder who the heck would even want to put a particular pair on their feet.
Today it was all about the Jessica Simpsons. Now, please do not misinterpret this. I am NOT a fan of this person or her music. Or her acting endeavors. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that I have absolutely no reason for disliking her, but I do. Which makes the fact that I adore her shoe line all the more difficult to own.
But today, I was photographing some Jessica Simpson Jovics, and I had to second-guess myself. The shoe (pictured at the right) is a mid-rise pump (a big plus for those of you who are not into killing your feet) with a patent leather upper with a nice ombre effect (see how the shadow moves from rose at the toe to dark brown at the heel?). I like the square-ish peep toe, and the squarely sculpted heel post is cool, too.
But if you look closely at the platform, you’ll see that it’s a little bit inset, and almost tiered looking. It’s pretty geometrical, and very unique looking.
So when I was photographing them and trying to write a description, the best thing I could relate them to was a pair of classic Japanese Geisha shoes. Although the platform on this particular shoe is only about a quarter-inch, the way that it is tiered reminds me of the platforms that Geishas wear (pictured left).
While this is one of the first shoes I’ve personally encountered with such a platform, I’m wondering if Geisha-inspired shoes are going to be a big, new trend.
I mean, seriously, though. We’ve got the Greco-Roman-inspired gladiator sandals all over the place. So when are we going to move a little further East and make a stop to be inspired by Japan?
Geisha: Is it the new black?