It’s funny, but one of my favorite scenes of Unzipped, the Isaac Mizrahi doc about the designer’s struggles to design his fall 1994 collection opens with a shot of a gentleman’s foot in a hand-painted zebra dress shoe.
Attached to that shoe was Miss André Leon Talley. I can’t remember the rest of the scene, I believe he and Mizrahi and possibly John Galliano sit around a small room in Paris getting their tarot cards read, and at one point they discuss how Donna Karan would kill for a swatch of the wallpaper in the bathroom, but that slow, tight pan up the length of the foot rocked my sartorial world.
What’s funny though, is that I only realized it this morning, nearly 15 years after I first saw the film.
I have a slight obsession with zebra shoes. Always have.
Although you’d be sadly mistaken to think I didn’t at one point have a pair of platform boots with that self-same plastic aquarium complete with goldfish AND glitter.
But give me something like these and I am All. Over. It.:
It STILL kills me the zebra was out of stock, although I very much love the oxblood and ivory pair, which I wore to play Jesus in an alternative-casting Passion Play, although come to think of it I really should’ve worn LaCroix.
Generally speaking, I prefer my animal prints in calf or pony hair (pony hair is still calf, but I think the treatment is slightly different) but when I was bopping around Amazon last night looking for flats, I found these:
Zebra-print rain skimmers from Barefoot Tess, available up to a size 15 and on huge sale for $9.99 (you know how Amazon likes to mess with its prices, so snap these up, be sure to select the zebra color instead of black and white –which is the same thing– because if you order them as black/white you’ll pay $56.
I ordered mine last night and will give a full report when they arrive.