Zara red high-heel sandals, £79.99
Last week, a male commenter left a message on my personal blog, telling me that the red shoes I was wearing in the photo sent out “the wrong message” to men, and that I therefore shouldn’t wear them. (For context, it was an old photo, in which I was wearing these dark red shoe boots, with a very “modest” outfit, which is typical of the type of thing I usually wear, and not remotely provocative – or not as far as I’m concerned anyway.) I’ve had these comments a couple of times now (always from men), and they always take me by surprise, because up until quite recently I was living in blissful ignorance of the “red shoes mean you’re a prostitute” thing, and hadn’t even considered the idea that the mere colour of my footwear could cancel out the rest of my outfit/personality (i.e. according to some people I could go out wearing an adult onesie and a pair of flats, but if those flats were red, I’d still be considered “slutty”) and give people “the wrong impression”.
I don’t respond to comments like that because I think they’re inappropriate (Not QUITE as inappropriate as the “gentleman” who offered to pay me for photos of my feet last week, but still…) but if I had, I’d probably have responded to the “you should stop wearing red shoes” comment with “OR, how about I continue to hurt no one by wearing whatever colour of shoes I want, and men stop trying to read strange, subliminal messages into the colour of a woman’s shoe?” Because that’s just creepy and weird, to be honest, and so today I bring you a pair of the reddest, vampiest shoes I could find.
There’s no doubt in my mind that these shoes are “sexy”, and that they could look a little bit OTT, depending on how you styled them. It’s not the colour of your shoe that matters, however – it’s how you choose to wear it, and I think women should be free to wear whatever colour and style of shoes they want – with whatever outfit they want – without people making personal judgements about their characters. That’s why I’ll continue to wear red shoes with pride: and with that little rant out of the way, here’s how I’d style these ones!
What to wear with red strappy sandals