Love at First Sight – Giambattista Valli “Victoria” Platform Heels

by Profashionelle on November 20, 2008 · 1 comment

Yup, I’m officially in shoe heaven. If I were to own a pair of these awesome Giambattista Valli platforms most likely I wouldn’t be able to walk in them, but who cares as long as they look so A-M-A-Z-I-N-G on your feet, right?

Giambattista Valli – Spring 2008 Footwear

Giambattista Valli Victoria Platforms - Spring 2008 Collection

The first time I saw these darlings they have been strutted down the runway of Giambattista Valli‘s Spring 2008 fashion show where they took my heart by surprise. They instantly rocketed to the top of my wishlist, but unfortunately I wasn’t lucky enough to grab a pair for myself since women across the world have been trying to get their hands on the “Victoria“-shoe which was named after former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham because she was the first to wear these lovely heels in a photoshoot for fashion magazine ELLE.

The year went by and the GV platforms with the killer 6″ heel faded as I was starting to have new shoe obsessions with the likes of Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen or Brian Atwood. Until yesterday when they accidentally crossed my eye again. And they returned with a BANG!

Celebrities & Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli "Victoria" Platform Heels as worn by many celebrities

As you can see, I’m not the only one lusting after this dramatic footwear. Celebrities such as Rihanna, Jessica Biel, Mary-Kate Olsen, Victoria Beckham and Nicole Scherzinger have been seen sporting the GV “Victoria” platforms to several events. My personal favorites are Jessica Biel‘s fire red pair and MK‘s white ones with the hot pink platform and heel. Gorgeous, aren’t they? Which ones do you like best?

Designer Inspiration – Giambattista Valli vs. Forever 21

Giambattista Valli vs. Forever 21 - Platform Heels

There is no such thing as an iconic shoe if it doesn’t get at least copied once by the mainstream shoe industry. And this is exactly what happened when Forever 21 launched their “Vero Neon Platform“-shoes. No question about them being blatant copies available in either black/pink or black/lime for as much as $22.80. But since I couldn’t get a pair of the Giambattistas I really start thinking about purchasing the copycats just for the fun of it. They probably won’t last long or spend any comfort (I think the architecture of the shoe makes it impossible even if the shoe was $600), but that’s not what I expect from a shoe that’s $20. Of course there are always exceptions. And since I’ve never bought footwear from Forever 21 before I guess I just might give it a go and find out myself.

Would you buy the GV knock-offs from Forever 21?

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