>> eBay crawling is a dangerous slippery slope. eBay crawling at 3am in the morning when you’re awake with jet lag having just landed into New York leads you from looking at things that you actually wanted (search terms “Balenciaga runway”, “Junya Watanabe” and “John Galliano”) to looking at things you never knew you wanted… like these Disney Parks shoe ornaments. No, Disney haven’t collaborated with a ton of shoe designers to create these bijoux tributes to both well known and obscure characters. For a few years, their in-house team have been creating little 3 x 3.5 inch ornaments, applying glitter, jewels and princess/villain appropriate embellishments, so much so that you could well be tricked into thinking that were these a real adult shoe, you’d be tempted into spanking more than the $22 that these little trinkets cost (you can buy them exclusively at Disney Parks and resorts).
From an initial eBay search, I then found rabid Disney merch aficionado sites like Disney Fashionista or this crazily detailed Flickr profile, where sentences like “I started singing “Colors of the Wind” as soon as I saw this Pocahontas runway shoe” and “(This) shoe is one that has nuances the non-Disney lover may not notice” are par for course. Those nuances may well be lost on the majority of non-Disney loving people but the actual aesthetic make-up of these mini shoe-jects are fascinating. Over the top, garish and almost grotesque, they remind me of over decorated crazily coloured cupcakes that I wouldn’t ever actually want to put in my mouth. Excepting perhaps the Cruella DeVille pointy pump and the Mulan flower sandal, were these to be enlarged and made into a wearable reality, the overwhelming kitschness would probably deter me from wearing them for real. Then again, the same could be said for many of the OTT shoes that I’ve collected over the years (Giles AW 08 bolted heels? Meadham Kirchhoff S/S 12 glitter layer cake platforms?) bought for far more than $22, that now languish on my shelves as nothing more than pretty objects. Perhaps diverting my decorative shoe fixation to these little plastic charms wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all.*
*3am crazy cola-fuelled jet lagged brain speaking