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19 July 2009

sextacy: (n.) The state of being carried away, or filled with elated bliss upon seeing a pair of a must-have, to-die-for item. Ex: shoes, bags, apparel, accessories, jewelry.

     Commonly associated with: orgasmic shoes, shoe-gasms, shoe porn.

As of late I’ve been obsessed with Australian shoe boutique, Zu Shoes. But my love for the shoppe is unrequited; I stare admiringly, I lust, I fuss over the shoes, yet, it only laughs haughtily at the fact that it only ships to Australia and New Zealand. And yet I continue to return rather stubbornly – heartbroken, but longingly.

Never have I ever seen shoes of such perfection; I say that quite definitively without a doubt. Of course I cannot vouch for quality, but from the images the craftsmanship does seem quite sturdy. But the designs – the drool-worthy, swoon-worthy, lust-worthy designs of impeccability leave me fantasizing in the nights of owning each of those shoes. Imagine if I could, some day in the future, wake up to see a closet full of Zu Shoes. My life would be nearly complete.

Le sigh.

Of course the following collages of my dream, orgasm-inducing shoes are all  b l a c k . I do have quite the predilection and obsession for black heels of all sorts, my heart palpitating at the sight of them. 

Zu Shoes 1

1. Laverne Platform Pump, $140. The most perfect, lust-worthy pumps my eyes have ever beheld (that is, except the Yves Saint Laurent Tribute pumps). I truly cannot describe my undying obsession for them, as they do combine my favorite elements in a shoe. Black patent + platform heels + croc-embossed detailing. Swooning, dying, and just a tad heartbroken that these will never be mine.

2. Punk Pumps, $80. Helloooo, less-intimidating-version of the Christian Louboutins for Rodarte. It is the class pump turned punk-rock; strappy, studded, and fatally attractive. Perhaps what I would usually pick out, but I must admit it is quite the work of art.

3. Celestial Platform Pump, $140. A combination of the craziest platform on a classic pump – imagine the height! I do love the strip of patent as a Mary Jane-like strap; it is yet another edgy take on a classic shoe.

4. Grazia Platform Sandals, $112. Reminiscent of Gucci’s Fall/Winter 2008 runway collection, I must admit, with round gold studs adorning its strappy glory. Nonetheless a stunning shoe to behold in patent; with denim or with ankle-length leggings the ensemble will be quite stunning for the glamorous hippie meets rock ‘n roll chick look.

5. Melba Wedges, $75. Another work of perfection, much like the croc-embossed Laverne Platform Pumps, only in a peep-toe wedge form. You must be convinced by now that I love exotic-embossed/patterned shoes.

6. Sculpture Wedges, $130. Simply because the wedge itself is quite unique. 


And behold the  s e x i e s t  ankle boots…

Zu Shoes 2

1. Forest Ankle Boots, $144. Simply my ideal ankle bootie; the leather seems quite supple (I do like this particular texture), the silhouette parfait, and the strap adding just the perfect amount of detail. Simplicity, after all, is the most beautiful. Je l’adore!

2. Coin Ankle Boots, $90. Postively swooning, at the moment. Perhaps because it reminds me just a tad of the Yves Saint Laurent croc-embossed ankle boots?! Oui, oui, monsieur, je les adore! The vertical boost would be unbelievable, elongating the stems quite miraculously. I can already imagine it with my bodycon, strapless LBD. Stunning, I say. 

3. Moto Ankle Boots, $150. Yet another pair resembling my ideal ankle bootie. The quilted texture gives it just enough detail sans the overwhelming factor. A perfect silhouette and shape. Another obsession.

4. Centaur Ankle Boots, $64. Black booties + strap + buckles + lace-ups = sextacy. Math is quite simple, non

5. Firepower Boots, $200. The sexiest boots I’ve laid eyes on. And by sexy I do mean incredibly sexy; potentially stripper-esque in its uninhibited silver hardware, exposed zipper, endless buckles, and lace-ups. It is one of those shoes in which its execution depends solely (no pun intended) upon the rest of the ensemble, as well as the wearer’s attitude in carrying herself. Or it truly is a stripper shoe. (I still love it, regardless.)

6. Fringey Boots, $120. Another shoe reminiscent of Gucci’s Fall 2008 show: the glamorous, rock-chic hippie. I do love the combination of edgy studs with the bohemian fringe on a classic boot. The shape does remind me of Louboutin’s stunning suede booties. 

Shoe-gasms permitted, my dears.


La C.

P.S.: This truly calls for another le sigh.

P.P.S.: You Aussies and New Zealanders had better appreciate Zu Shoes, so I can vicariously pretend I own/strut around in a pair. Do I sound bitter? I cannot help it…

87 Comments leave one →
  1. 19 July 2009 11:40 am

    these are all kinds of amazing.

  2. 19 July 2009 11:44 am

    I want the Moto ankle boots!
    Lucy =)

  3. 19 July 2009 12:35 pm

    Heels? Number 5.

    Boots? Number 6.

    Fabulous finds, darling! 🙂

  4. 19 July 2009 12:38 pm

    i think i’ll settle for the coin ankle boots. ;P

    i cannot get over all my be&d loves. ahhh. of course, ZuShoes definitely seems to be more in an attainable price range…but of course not attainable in distance, right?

    one day, one day.

  5. 19 July 2009 1:05 pm

    I founded the Gucci in a little shop for less than 20€. It’s amayzing things you can find when you search! Good post!

  6. 19 July 2009 1:08 pm

    interesting aphrodisiacs…

  7. 19 July 2009 1:38 pm

    BOOTS!! sigh.. boot #’s 3 & 5 are amazing.. My goodness.. I just bought a new pair of wedges and now Im craving even more shoes. Oh my, La C.. you’re going to make me go broke.. but then again.. Iam already broke.. so no harm done. haha~

    Le sigh (x) a thousand,


  8. 19 July 2009 2:16 pm

    Gorgeous! I love the first heel and the first three ankle boots!

  9. 19 July 2009 2:22 pm

    Oh my..the Moto ankle boots, they’re heaven! They resemble the Louboutin ankleboots [img]×135/5e06319eda06f020e43594a9c230972d/0/0/004_2.jpg

  10. 19 July 2009 2:32 pm

    Talk about the fetishization of commodities! Love this new word! I am in sextacy with all those fabulous booties!


    • La Couturier permalink
      19 July 2009 2:33 pm

      LF: They do remind me of those Louboutins!

      Couture Carrie: Haha, I do adore making up my own words (:

  11. 19 July 2009 3:03 pm

    Wow shoes to die for!♥

  12. 19 July 2009 3:16 pm

    wow, Those are awesome!!!

    the last two boots are my winners.


  13. 19 July 2009 3:18 pm

    This post, so satisfying. I’m in love with #4 and 5 in the heel section!

  14. 19 July 2009 3:23 pm

    There’s not EVEN one pair that I could say something bad about! The’re all gorgeous!
    Oh… shoes! Even 1000 pairs wouldn’t be enough!

  15. 19 July 2009 3:37 pm

    This is the perfect shoe porn 🙂 Seriously, all of these are so, so gorgeous. I’m lusting after ALL of these, darling La C. You always post the most beautiful things that make me want to run out and empty my savings account 😉

    • La Couturier permalink
      19 July 2009 3:38 pm

      Elena: Exactlyyyy!

      Allison: Isn’t it? Hehe – perhaps I should stop then, to spare you from reaching bankruptcy? (;

  16. 19 July 2009 4:16 pm

    LOL – what a great post, darling! If I wouldn’t be sooooooooooo very happy and satisfied (just gimme a cigarette 😉 ) with my new Opening Ceremony boots (thanks for your lovely comment, dear!) I would love to grab every of your chosen heels and boots – delicious!
    much love, s.

  17. 19 July 2009 4:22 pm

    I adore all of these shoes! Definite shoe porn. Ah, if only I could have them. Lovely post, by the way 🙂

    – laur @ neonmango

  18. 19 July 2009 4:58 pm

    Oh Shoe! satisfying heart mender, necessary object that always make us smile :0)

    Love the ankle boots!

  19. 19 July 2009 5:02 pm

    what a wonderful word…sextacy… like Giambattista Valli shoes

    • La Couturier permalink
      19 July 2009 5:03 pm

      Mo: AGREEED. Giambattista Valli platform pumps from S/S 2009 was AHMAZING.

  20. 19 July 2009 5:17 pm

    I love looking at the (shoes) number four picture. Primark in UK did a really amazing rip off for only £10 and I bought some but I found they just didn’t go with ANYTHING I had, they just didn’t suit me at all!

  21. 19 July 2009 5:21 pm

    I just had a shoe-gasm looking at heel number 4. And I love those phrases, they’re perfect! Wah, but that’s so awful they only ship to Australia and NZ!!! I feel similar when I see things from Zara and realize 1) the closest one is in NYC and 2) They don’t sell online!

  22. 19 July 2009 5:45 pm

    These all look fantastic. I hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend. Cheers!

  23. 19 July 2009 5:53 pm

    Ah! Despite living in Oz I haven’t bought a pair of shoes from Zu in 10 years or so (and the one & only pair I bought were from a brand I knew well from Brazil), I suppose they are like the Aldo I see often, from the US…

    • La Couturier permalink
      19 July 2009 5:54 pm

      S.Elisabeth: Agreeeed! I do live quite near NYC, so I’m alright, but still – an online shoppe would make life much easier!

      Brigadeiro: Ah, perhaps. That would make sense – I never buy anything from Aldo!

  24. 19 July 2009 6:49 pm

    Love the Laverne Platform Pump.

  25. 19 July 2009 7:00 pm

    How wonderful aren’t these! I love them! Why do they want to keep them only for themselves? ^^ I really loved number 4 in boots. I love ankle boots because I find them much easier to walk in! This made me want to shoeshop tomorrow, too bad I won’t find anything like these in the stores…

  26. 19 July 2009 7:33 pm

    I had never heard of the brand before.
    No 3 booties are amazing! so are no 3 shoes : )

    Love your writting

    • La Couturier permalink
      19 July 2009 7:33 pm

      anywhere I lay my head: Exactly – why would they want to keep such orgasm-inducing shoes to themselves! I find it rather selfish (;

      Romi: Thanks!

  27. thebaglady permalink
    19 July 2009 9:14 pm

    These are sexy shoes!

    I love the new words 😉 They definitely describe these well. Ugh, I wish Zu shipped to the US!!! I love #1 & #5 in the heels section.

    Your descriptions are adorable!!

  28. kristine permalink
    19 July 2009 10:12 pm

    amaaaaazinggggg ugh i wish i was aussie!

    these are seriously to die for. like TO DIE FOR. yup, i’m in total sextacy!

  29. 19 July 2009 10:35 pm

    What a racy post… about shoes haha!

    I am drooling over the 2nd ankle boots, the bottom platform is so unexpected.

  30. 19 July 2009 10:56 pm

    Oh goodness!! All those shoes are breathtaking!!!
    I loooove all of them..*droolfest*

    E> An

  31. 19 July 2009 11:01 pm

    yes they are pretty damn good.
    i was extremely lucky to get the moto ankle boots sent over to me for free.
    and as everyone who goes to my blog already knows i never take of my tie-up boots from zu.

    • La Couturier permalink
      19 July 2009 11:02 pm

      christine: Racy indeed! And the platforms make the shoe!

      An: No drooling on the shoes, dear (;

      leflassh: Ooh yes, I remember seeing those; I’m uberly jealous! (;

  32. 19 July 2009 11:25 pm

    they are all very beautiful and sexy

  33. 19 July 2009 11:43 pm

    i am officially on a serach for a pair of sergio rossi eel peep toe pump. i think i will dream of shoes tonight.

  34. 20 July 2009 12:35 am

    OMG! I am solely enamored with this enticing post of fabulous tempting soles
    especially heel #1 and boot #5 ! p.s. I am sooo in awe of your writing it’s pure art, simply beautiful – Thank you for your comments they make me smile!
    bisous, xx

  35. 20 July 2009 2:01 am

    I’ve been wanting some of those Zu boots SO BADLY–but it seems they only ship within Australia–alas! I don’t really know anyone there, either. It’s driving me nuts. Great post–thanks for feeding my lust (I may cry).

  36. 20 July 2009 2:43 am

    I’m particularly in love with the Melba wedges and Forest ankle boots! Foot candy for days…..

  37. 20 July 2009 3:54 am

    The platform pump is amazing! These are such cute shoes, thanks for sharing!!


  38. Tiffany permalink
    20 July 2009 4:05 am

    your post prompted a frantic ebay search, where i found these:|66%3A1|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A1|294%3A25

    too bad they’re not my size…

    • La Couturier permalink
      20 July 2009 4:06 am

      Gerri Ward: Aw, thank you! (: That seriously means so much to me!

      Tiffany: Oh my goodness those are amazing. But they’re not my size either ):

  39. 20 July 2009 9:07 am

    So many beautiful shoes it seems to be
    impossible to name a fav!!!!

    Happy sunny monday to youuuu…

  40. 20 July 2009 9:28 am

    Oh my. It hurts so bad that we can’t get our hands on these amazing shoes. I totally agree, #3 is THE perfect embodiment of the black ankle bootie. I wannttttt!

  41. 20 July 2009 9:41 am

    i could go to heaven for a bit of shoe-gasm. beautiful selection! xx

    • La Couturier permalink
      20 July 2009 9:42 am

      jessica: I know! ): Isn’t it? Le sigh.

      miriam: Ah, as could I!

      bisous, xx

  42. 20 July 2009 9:54 am

    Heels : Nr1 🙂 and boots too…LOL!


  43. 20 July 2009 11:57 am

    theyre definitely orgasmic!
    i want them all!


  44. 20 July 2009 12:00 pm

    I’m loving the ankle boots!

  45. 20 July 2009 12:08 pm

    I haven’t heard about them yet, but I have to say they’ve got a nice collection! What a pity they don’t ship anywhere else! I like the Sculpture Wedge the most!

  46. 20 July 2009 1:24 pm

    DROOOOOL! looking for the perfect punk studded black heels!


  47. 20 July 2009 1:24 pm

    I think ankle wraps on shoes are so sexy 😉

  48. 20 July 2009 2:28 pm

    Oh man, please do not start posting shoes to die for. I already got a real bad habit and this is throwing me under the bus girl!! LOL

    • La Couturier permalink
      20 July 2009 2:29 pm

      fdiary: Hahahaha oh my bad… (;

  49. 20 July 2009 2:42 pm

    A HUGE COLLECTIVE SIGH OF LONGING. That is happening right now, all over the world (except au and nz, of course) 😀

  50. 20 July 2009 2:58 pm

    wow. cue shoegasm! happy monday!!

  51. 20 July 2009 4:51 pm

    They are truly sexy, but all ankle-breakers, le sigh. xo

  52. 20 July 2009 6:04 pm

    AMAZING SHOES!!!!!!!!!!
    so sexy, I need the number 5 boot! ❤


  53. 20 July 2009 6:18 pm

    i suffer from ‘sextacy’ with shoes, lingerie, purses, clothing, the list goes on and on!

    love all of your picks for this post!!!

  54. 20 July 2009 6:19 pm

    would you be interested in hosting a giveaway from my boutique on your blog?
    let me know!

  55. 20 July 2009 7:10 pm

    Hey La Couturier
    Thanks for checking my blog. Thanks for adding me i really appreciate it.

  56. 20 July 2009 7:49 pm

    Drool! I want them all, sigh, gush, sigh! I suffer from sextacy too!

  57. anonymous, please permalink
    20 July 2009 8:17 pm

    wow wow wow

    you’re adorable (:

    and i’m right with you on those “stripper” heels. i think they’re fab – if you can work it! i’d love to see you work it!

  58. anonymous, please permalink
    20 July 2009 8:17 pm

    hahahaha wait i totally didn’t mean it like that!

    i meant work those shoes, making them sophisticated & less stripper/trashy!

    • La Couturier permalink
      20 July 2009 8:18 pm

      anonymous, please: Hahahahahaha ❤ Understood! Now if only they shipped to the US! And if I wasn't on my shopping ban… bisous, xx

  59. 20 July 2009 8:44 pm

    ohmygod…shoe porn, indeed! i need one of each, s’il vous plaît!

  60. Clare permalink
    20 July 2009 9:47 pm

    Wow a good shoe can make any girl go crazy! I love all of these!

  61. abdcforever permalink
    20 July 2009 10:10 pm

    im seriously dying

    can i hav 1 of each?! y am i not australia? ;’ (

  62. 21 July 2009 5:41 am

    I love Zu shoes! I guess I’m quite lucky to work near one…thanks for posting about them, I’ll definitely be checking out the Moto Ankle Boots!

  63. 21 July 2009 5:57 am

    i love the bag so much!
    cool and simple =)

  64. 21 July 2009 7:45 am

    great blog and yes those shoes are all orgasmically fabulous!! the centaur ones are such a bargain

    • La Couturier permalink
      21 July 2009 7:46 am

      shop too much: Thank you! The prices really are quite incredible!

      bisous, xx

  65. 21 July 2009 12:03 pm

    hey hun ♥ sorry i only just noticed ur comment on my blog! im so glad u want to exchange links 🙂 ive added you to my blogroll.

    love always,
    ♥ Hannah @ ((london–

  66. 21 July 2009 12:23 pm

    Mmm I’ve been wanting some booties. They fit me better than normal heels since my feet are so small.

  67. 21 July 2009 12:25 pm

    Whoops! I was logged in under a different account.

    but I still want those shoes..

  68. 21 July 2009 7:39 pm




  69. didi permalink
    21 July 2009 9:05 pm

    These are all great…. did you see Nubby Twiglet did a similar show post recently too Those ones might be a bit more accessible but they are pricey. I am suffering from double shoe envy. I love all the ankle boots except #6. Shoes 5 &6 (the wedge & the sculpture) are fantastic too. xxoxo

  70. 23 July 2009 8:28 am

    Ahaaaah, I learned a good word !!!!

  71. 25 July 2009 10:15 am

    I want ALL those ankle boots! *drool*

  72. 27 July 2009 12:04 pm

    Thanks for the shoe-gasms. 🙂 Yeahh, I want them all!

    xo, Becs

  73. gbanger permalink
    12 February 2010 7:57 pm

    I have the 5 boot…..its is the best thing ever, 14cm high & fits like a glove, I wear them with jeans, shorts & tights or long skirts…so many complements, the most of any item I own, ever.

    Wearing the out tonight to dinner & a movie with ripped skinny jeans & a loose T, so hot…..

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