All Gaga over Shauwn’s shoes

2012-06-23 00:00

ONE thing’s for certain: wearing shoes similar to those worn by Lady Gaga sure gets people’s attention.

After Durban socialite and businesswoman Shauwn Mpisane wore a similar style of ultra-snazzy attention-grabbing shoes at her court hearing last Friday, Weekend Witness cheekily asked if she would lend us her pair for a day.

Graciously, Mpisane agreed and sent us her Jeffrey Campbell heel-less platform shoes for a complete stranger to strut around in.

Although a Sunday newspaper pegged the cost of the pair at R33 000, Mpisane declined to confirm how much she had paid for her “Havana Last” handmade Jeffrey Campbell Night Walkers.

For the more thrifty among us though, a quick trawl through online shopping websites showed we could pick up a similar pair for a real steal at a mere R1 432.

As word got out that the shoes had arrived in the building, a steady stream of Witness employees popped into the newsroom for a sneak peak at the fabulous footwear. Gasps were heard as they were produced for a quick ogling, before being locked up again.

The baby blue suede shoes have a very tall platform and no heel. “No heel?” I hear you exclaim.

Yup. “So how do you walk in them?” I myself wondered how it would all work out. Would I break my ankle? Worse, would I break the shoes? To my surprise, I found they were a dream. The price started to make some sense. They are comfortable and light as a feather. They snuggled my feet, cosying up to them and whispering, “Hey, it’s okay, we’ve got your back”. And they did.

As I walked around the Witness newsroom — not-quite-Gaga-style — colleagues remarked that my posture was better. You have to walk tall in shoes like that. The fact that there is no heel makes you throw your shoulders back to compensate for the psychological feeling that you may tip forward, which you don’t.

Once you are used to the extreme height, they are easy to walk in. Colleagues crowded around asking what they were like to wear. Some snapped pictures of the shoes on their cellphones.

Anyone who knows me knows I walk fast. A throwback from my days as a student nurse, where everything is done in a rush. In Shauwn’s shoes, I could not get up to that speed. My regular trainer-type shoes are more accommodating of “Steph on speed” mode. Although had I been able to wear them longer, I could probably have mastered a brisk pace. So for the sceptics out there, let me be categorically clear, these shoes are made for walking — just like the song.

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