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Gwyneth Paltrow Boosts Heeled Shoe Sales

Fab Flash: Gwyneth Boosts Heel Sales

Love or hate Gwyneth, you must admit that her range of heels on show whilst promoting Iron Man was impressive.

So impressive, in fact, that she has managed to boost sales of all heels! Selfridges have reported an increase in sales of vertiginous heels following Gwyneth's many red carpet appearances. There has been particular interest in seven inch heel, including brands such as Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent.

Sales have increased a staggering 35% in the past week alone which is being dubbed the 'Gwyneth effect'. Sebastian Manes, Selfridges' Director of Accessories told Marie Claire,

"This season we are selling the highest and most incredible shoes I've ever seen. Not for the faint hearted, fetish heels offer the wearer an extreme, attention grabbing look, these are definitely taxi shoes!"

Has Gwyneth's shoe habit encouraged you to run out and indulge in 7 inch heels?

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Sarahofrosa Sarahofrosa 7 years
Gwyneth Paltrow has been wearing heels for a long time, even though she's tall. But these guesses about the heel heights she's been wearing recently have been way off target. 15cm at most, I'd say, and that's usually with a generous platform sole, so she's really only wearing a normal 11.5cm or 12cm heel. That's high for some people, but not at all unwearable without the extra lift in front. The thing I personally dislike is the fact that platform shoes don't have a long, slender toe shape. With an open toe they're OK, but with a closed-toe shoe, the feet look quite hideously blocky and Frankenstinian, even with a stiletto heel. So in spite of the exaggerated height, the sexiness and elegance of the pointed stiletto design is entirely absent. Also, the higher centre of gravity and rigidity of a platform sole makes the wearer move awkwardly and feel unstable - hence she has to lean on a "minder", as widely reported, just like the Japanese Oiran courtesans on their high geta. Having said that, those lacy ones with the thin heel are among the best we've seen Gwyneth in lately, despite the ugly toe. I certainly prefer them to Louboutin. But they're really only typical Vivienne Westwood styles with an Italian stiletto heel, and will hospitalise their wearer just as surely, right at the very moment she feels she has finally mastered them!
dimples128 dimples128 8 years
As much as I would love to be 5'11", I couldn't do it.
fashion4ward fashion4ward 8 years
Wierd and really cool; she's looked great!
Advah Advah 8 years
Hah I'd be happy to buy high heel shoes, but unfortunately Gwyneth's red carpet appearances didn't make any change to my bank account.
lizzylu49 lizzylu49 8 years
Please. Tons of celebs have been wearing these.
stairwaytoheaven stairwaytoheaven 8 years
Well done to Selfridges' pr department!
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