Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Shoe Trivia

BY SONAL BERIA

What's Your Shoe IQ?
 
Q: Who created and filed the first patent for the wedge heel in 1937? Hint: His shoes famously adorned the glamorous feet of Carmen Miranda, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn
A: Salvatore Ferragamo. Click here to see more of the fall 2009 collection by Ferragamo designer Christina Ortiz.
 
 
Q: Call yourself a fan of Sex and the City? Then this is a gimme: For her final date with Big before he moved to Napa in season 4, Carrie wore these pink, tiered sandals (topped off here by a Michel Kors frock) by what beloved designer? They were infamously — but accidentally — ruined by Miranda on the same episode during a trip to the hospital.
A: Christian Louboutin, of course.
 
 
Q: What did Christian Louboutin use to paint that now instantly recognizable red sole?
A: His assistant's red nail polish. She was painting her nails when he struck upon the idea of a hot-red sole and used her polish to color the sole of a prototype. Today, that shock of rouge is so recognizable, it even stands out on the red carpet
 
Q: For his spring 2008 runway show, Marc Jacobs sent accessories editors (and the fashion world in general) into a tizzy by doing what to his pumps?
A: In a creative move worthy of the great surrealists, he inverted the heels.
 
 
 
Q: Which political figure known as the "Steel Butterfly" accumulated more than 2,700 pairs of shoes?
A: Imelda Marcos
 
Q: Girls and women alike love wearing Mary Jane-style shoes (like the vampy Yves Saint Laurent platform shoes shown here). But who was the original Mary Jane?
A: Comic strip character Buster Brown's little sister, Mary Jane. She first appeared in comic strips in 1902, and the pair frequently wore shoes with a thin ankle strap
 
Q: What does the "UGG" stand for in UGG boots?
A: Australian fashion lore has it that it really does stand for "ugly." The sheepskin boots have been used by outdoorsy Aussies and swimmers for decades and decades. Cozy but homely, they were totally utilitarian from the get-go, and were often referred to as "ug" boots.
Stay Tuned in with Me- Sonal (Gimme Shoe fame)
 

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