Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Zhao Shoes: Justification for Better SL Feet

"It is the fragrant lack of practicality that makes high-heeled shoes so fascinating: in terms of static mechanics they induce a sort of insecurity which some find titillating. If a woman wears a high-heeled shoe it changes the apparent musculature of the leg so that you get an effect of twanging sinew, of tension needing to be released. Her bottom sticks out like an offering. At the same time, the lofty perch is an expression of vulnerability, she is effectively hobbled and unable to escape. There is something arousing about this declaration that she is prepared to sacrifice function for form."
-Stephen Bayley

I can think of few things that make my Doll's little heart sing like a fine pair of prim shoes. Fortunately, my Doll found shoe mecca early on in her Second Life and has been a devout follower of Zhao Shoes ever since. If you are puzzled by the use of religious metaphors in this instance, I encourage you to stop by Zhao Shoes where you will undoubtedly learn what it means to stand in awe before all that is holy. I am extraordinarily proud to present to you the newest masterpieces from Zhao Shoes.

Have no doubt, Miss Melanie Zhao's Second Life rendition of the almighty high heel is nothing short of spectacular. Her prim work and attention to detail are second to none, while she has somehow managed to make that hideous shoe base virtually disappear. The Bunnie boots (top left) are exemplary of Zhao's attention to detail, right down to the impeccable texture and little bunny charm that is constructed of tiny prims. With a single boot registering at over 300 prims and a HUD attachment that allows a lucky owner to elect the type and volume of her heel click as well as the use of bling and built-in AO, the Bunnie boots will undoubtedly make you a believer. (And yes, that fancy, easy-to-use HUD is standard in all pairs of Zhao shoes. STOCK UP!)
What? You're not into boots you say?
Well, that's quite alright because if you can't find something to please your palette in Zhao's enormous selection, then (please check your pulse and) it's likely that you won't be able to turn down the beautiful, fuzzy Lisa heels (above) that were made to match all of that lingerie your doll has in her closet. But if your doll is looking for something to complement her extensive collection of evening gowns for that uber important formal event, then I'd have to recommend the Lovis heels (left.) The Lovis heels strike a perfect balance, managing to be daringly high while retaining all the class and elegance that make them suitable for your doll's most formal affairs.

Oh, did I mention that Miss Zhao broke off a little piece of prim heaven just for you dolls that already have one of everything? She did. Even if you already have it all, you don't have the Savannah (right.) Just in time for summer, Zhao Shoes delivers a unique, fresh take on the strappy sandal. Please take a moment to retire those tired strappy heels and tie-ups in your doll's closet, you won't be needing them for this summer season.
And if you're looking for a more traditional sandal to match your fierce, but casual look for the dog days of summer, Zhao has the bases covered there too. Helen of Troy might have launched another thousand ships if she has been armed with Zhao's Helena sandals (below left.) My Doll thinks the Helena sandals are reason enough for the folks over at Linden's concierge office to throw another toga party.


Anonymous said...

The playboy bunny logo is a registered trademark.

Anonymous said...

Bunnie Boots were made for Playboy and the logo is authorised by Playboy for me to use in the boots and shoes that will retail there.