Monday, December 7, 2009

Best Foot Forward

For fashionistas across the worlds, seemingly trivial things become incredibly important. Like where to get the very best shoes.

 

Why shoes? They are the punctuation on an ensemble. They set the tone for the entire outfit and show the wearer’s expertise with the finer details of accoutrement. The shoes alone can tell a whole story—are they scuffed boots, fresh from role playing in a gritty urban scene, or pristine stilettos on long legs, full of sex appeal and class or sweet flats, perfect for a “day off”?

 

Both Second Life and IMVU offer users the ability to enjoy their shoe fetish and secretly indulge in Imelda Marcos’ extravagances without breaking the bank or building a new closet on to the house.

 

Shoes are also incredibly important in both words because the feet in both are dreadfully unattractive.

 

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Feet from IMVU (L) and Second Life (R).

 

Here are a selection of shoes from Second Life:

 

Best Foot Forward

Left: S@SS Leather Bound in Luscious Red by Delfi Lane for S@SS
Right: N-core INFINITY XtremeHeel Black by Claire Messenger for N-core

 

One option I really like in SL are prim toes. Of course, as in real life, you have ugly toes and pretty toes. The two above have pretty toes and several features including changeable nail polish.

 

Best Foot Forward

Left: Schmidt CHESHIRE Liquid Boots by Eshi Otawara
Right: 24 wow 18 gold by 2408 Alekseev for 24 Shoo-Shoes and Haute Couture

 

Then we have what I would call the couture fantasy shoes and boots. I am not sure you would find them anywhere in real life, but they certainly pique one’s interest.

 

Best Foot Forward

Left: B&G BOTA ETERNITY – NEGRO – T000 by BG Planer for B&G
Right: .*Courtisane*. La Vivien in Black, All Blacks, Bisque, and Red by Enktan Gully and LeeZu Baxter for .*Courtisane*. *

 

Then we have boots. In this case, I am showing standard but sexy black buckled boots (there are a lot of these in SL but these are probably some of the best) and then some really original couture-like boots. Below are the infamous Bax Prestige boots, beloved by almost all fashionistas for their versatility in look and function and some funky rain boots.

 

Best Foot Forward\

Left: BAX Prestige Boots Black by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Boots
Right: UBU RetroStars Rain Boots by Coke Dreadlow for Urban Bomb Unit

 

Best Foot Forward

Left: J’s Fringe Cowgirl Boots 6Colors by JB Gazov for J’s
Right: z [mm] Sneakers Hunter special by Magnifico Miggins for Magnifico

 

Some folks want to spend their SL casually. Cowboy boots or sneakers, both readily available.

 

Best Foot Forward

Left: AOHARU_WALK_SuedeLaceupSandals_White by machang Pichot for AOHARU
Right: Jada Humby Couture Stilettos *Marie Clair* SILVER by Jada Humby for Jada Humby Couture

 

For dress up, there are a slew of shoes available, such as the lace up heels or mary jane heel shown.

 

Best Foot Forward

Left: ETD Starley Pumps (Red) RT by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elika Tiramisu Designs (ETD)
Right: – TESLA – *Vixen_Desire* ‘black’ by Tesla Miles for –TESLA-

 

As the Labs are trying to encourage more people to use SL for work, the demand for work shoes is up as well. Neither of the above would fly in the real world (6 inch heels?), however, they dress up a business outfit ably in the virtual world.

 

Best Foot Forward

Left: Maitreya Gold – Salience Turquoise by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya
Right: Maitreya Gold – Shanti Eggplant by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

 

These are some of my favorite shoes in SL. With their luscious toes, imaginatively considered shapes and textures and true couture look, these truly are MY fantasy shoes.

 

And here is a selection from IMVU:

 

Best Foot Forward

Left: [kd] Blk shoes by Kiidara
Right: Graish Shoes by KALIDH

 

Blessedly the shoe makers in IMVU realize the foot there is all wrong, so they have proportioned the shoes more attractively. The above two I can see as club shoes, very appropriate for the vibe that IMVU gives off.

 

Best Foot Forward
Left: *PH*Autumn outfit shoes by PoppyHome
Right: (L) Black Boots & Sox by lisnevash

 

There are still boot girls in IMVU, either ones who want to look funky or dressed up, and the above suit that need ably.

 

Best Foot Forward

Left: [MT] Shoes uggy by mizztroela
Right: Hot Stepperz Black by RyuPa

 

And then there are the ladies who want to be casual or athletic. Consider a big furry suede boot or sneakers for that.

 

Best Foot Forward

Left: Nurse K Heels &Stockings by KokeshiDoll
Right: {fm} pumps black by frankiesmarmalade

 

Then you may just want some dress up shoes. The ones on the left can really go with any outfit (though they include the white stockings). The ones on the right are a favorite pair for me as black matches just about everything.

 

Best Foot Forward

Left: [V7] Pink Bow Shoes by vista0007
Right: Steph*B/G Zebra Shoe by Stephy

 

IMVU also has toe shoes and sandals for matching to specific outfits. I really liked the bow shoes because of the imaginative heel and the great bow. The colors on the other shoe are almost opalescent and would suit a very dressy outfit.

5 comments:

Leondra said...

Yeah, luv my shoes, hate my feet. I bought new shoes I could never, ever, wear in RL. (and new toes, too)

Love my shape, even better with (bust enhancers) (extra cost skin enhancers).

Luv my clothes with prims at most attachment points. ... and I gotta tweak.. and color....tweak and color.. tweak and color...

Luv my colors in other's viewers. Like those atmospheres and shadows...... want more... set me to dream time.

so this is SL literacy...

please give me an easier sketch pad.

luv, Leondra

Verde Otaared said...

Great article. I love shoes on SL---never hurt your feet :)

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