Shoe designers do get a little carried away. What else could account for the giddy names they bestow on their creations?
Yes, shoes have names. And we're not talking about Mary Jane and D'Orsay. The bling-laden Stuart Weitzman sandal pictured here, for example, is called Gotrocks. But more about Stuart and his flights of nomenclature fancy in a sec.
Sometimes shoe names are codes: Every season's worth of Salvatore Ferragamo women's shoes, for example, begins with the same letter. Fall 2006 is brought to you by the letter T: Tujo, Tame, Tacco, Tanaga, and so on. Don't even try to guess what the shoes look like from their names; this is fashion, after all. (A past season's style called Flat was, however, a flat. And the Audrey, a perennial in the line--see it here in red--is named in honor of devoted customer and muse Audrey Hepburn. But please don't ask me to explain why an upscale brand like Ferragamo allowed "Buyme" and "Gimmie"--now mercifully retired--to go out into the world.)
Men's shoes have names, too--often Italian ones to signal their bravado and sprezzatura. One hardly knows, however, what possessed the French company Mephisto to name this slip-on style after The Shakespearean Tragedy That Dare Not Speak Its Name. That's right: the Scottish play.
For true shoe-naming wizardry, no one tops Stuart Weitzman, the energetic American designer who, rumor has it, names every style himself. Consider this sampling of Stuart Weitzman women's shoes: Wrapmeup, Shoephoria, Shoebedoo, Stretch Limo, Knitwit, Golitely (take note, Ferragamo!), and Heydude. Women adore Stuart Weitzman shoes for their fit (he makes them in an unusually extensive range of widths and sizes), but clearly Stuart loves shoes for their personalities.
It's hard to pick favorites in a roster as super-fantastic as this (as the Manolo would say). But I can't resist sharing one wink-wink, nudge-nudge standout from the Fall 2006 line, in stores by August: the Alroper, a black weatherproof (get it?) midcalf boot with faux fur lining.