Hello, fashionistas, and welcome to another installment of Oddly Named Shoes! Here, for your consternation, is a versatile and inoffensive peep-toe slingback pump that has inexplicably been named for the Greek god of the underworld.
Tsubo "Erebus" slingback pump. Image from Zappos.
Erebus was the son of Chaos; his name means "deep darkness or shadow." In later mythology, Erebus was depicted as a material region: the lower half of Hades. For you non-classical types: Hell.
Here's what I'd have expected from a shoe called Erebus:
Image from Buffy W's blog. I recommend reading the post in which it appears:
it's a lovely and moving remembrance.
Next we have a sensible sandal from Wolky, a respected manufacturer of "comfort" footwear. For some reason this style is named for the mammalian order that includes rats, voles, and nutria.
I can't see "Rodentia" without thinking of a Gary ("The Far Side") Larson cartoon that depicted two scientists in white coats locked in a lab (or was it a maze?). One scientist says to the other, in evident panic: "Trapped! Like Rodentia!"
For the record, here is the shoe I would have named Rodentia:
* Thanks for reminding me, Duchesse! (See comment.)