Demeulemeester detests the idea that femininity is automatically equated with bubbly fussiness. She makes womens footwear wider on purpose, so it's comfortable. "Are we modern, or are we old fashioned?!" exclaims she. "We are still fixated on the idea that women have tiny feet and have to squeeze into tiny uncomfortable shoes. Things don't have to be that way. I can make a perfectly elegant pump, but you will be comfortable in it."
My Ann D's shoes costed more than any shoe I've ever dared buy. After reading that quote I felt it was a worthwhile investment. Not only are they very comfortable for their height, they are well made and I can see myself wearing them for the next 10 years. I can't say the same for the Jeffrey Campbell knock offs of the Ann D sandals made infamous by Sea of Shoes. I don't own either but judging from photos, I can see that the copy did not match the wider toe bed. I own a pair of Jeffrey Campbell sandals and the damn thing's sole came apart after one wear. I must keep in mind that quality (and comfort) is much more important and to disregard trends, hype and even price at times. I am not rich enough for things that fall apart easily.
I will always have the estrogen-fueled heart flutter when I see a beautiful high heel but it's simply not worth the price if it doesn't suit my lifestyle. Although...a pair of expensive heels is still considerably less expensive than a Degas...
Sea of Shoes
Jak & Jil