The Spin: ‘Killer Heels’ is worth the trip to Brooklyn

 

Sheri Winter Clarry models a pair of Christian Louboutin Daffodiles.

Sheri Winter Clarry models a pair of Christian Louboutin Daffodiles.

This week’s edition of The Spin takes me back to my city girl roots. After all, you can take the girl out of the city, but you absolutely can’t take the city out of the girl!

I’ve been known to run around out here on the North Fork with some considerably high heels (yes on the boat and at the farm) as well as my comfy Chuck Taylors.

But where does our fascination with the sky high fashion statement start?  I know where mine did. I think back and I realize that I’ve always had a push-pull attraction between all things outdoorsy and sporty. Yet I was always mesmerized by what I like to call stems, a.k.a. high heels.  Well, that and lip gloss, but I digress.

My father, a “garmento” by trade, had his main business in Manhattan where we spent a good portion of our time as a family. My mother was a model which meant conversations about fabric, fashion and current trends were always part of the daily routine.  As my father used to say, polyester has been very good to us, but there was never a look that wasn’t pulled together without the shoe.  

The spiked heel’s allure and danger is commonly explored in pop culture. The stiletto became a sexy, dangerous weapon in the movie “Single White Female” (spoiler alert) during the “death by stiletto” scene. And here’s a Disney clip from the Show, “Liv and Maddie” that shows a young girl finding her “inner sparkle” by wearing heels.

So I will be visiting the Brooklyn Museum to celebrate all incarnations of the high heel from 16th century Italy to the glamorous red-soled Christian Louboutins of today. On display will be designs from Chanel, Salvatore Feragamo, Manolo Blahnik and more.

After all, your stems are a way of expressing who you are on any given day, at least they are for me.

What: Killer Heels: The Art of The High-Heeled Shoe

Where: The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

When:  September 10, 2014 through February 15, 2015

Sheri Winter Clarry