Barneys has a cut-out style by L’Wren Scott that’s a higher-heeled, gray version of the black Peter Fox booties I had in ’85.
I don’t know if Madonna wore Peter Fox shoes but I wouldn’t be surprised if she had — why else would I have been so desperate for a pair of my own? My feet grew a little after I got the Peter Fox shoes so I gave them away a few years ago. I regret doing that without trying to get them stretched first. I have fond memories of how they looked with my black rubber Maripolitan bangles and heart-locket Borderline earring. At least I have a not-quite-as-vintage pair of Prada lace-ups to fall back on.
Considering my devotion to Madonna, I’m amazed I never got her rhinestone boots from Desperately Seeking Susan.
The boots play a key part in the movie. Cool downtown girl Susan (Madonna) is so entranced by the sight of the boots in the window of the (now-closed) Love Saves the Day that she trades her pyramid jacket for them. Bored New Jersey housewife Roberta (Rosanna Arquette) gets the jacket and is mistaken for Susan. Hipster hilarity ensues while Madonna wears the boots rolled down.
The $49.99 version was pre-rolled. Why didn’t I get those? I will have to console myself with the ’80s studded boots that my gorgeous mother BarbaraB turned over to me.
Meanwhile, if you’d like a pair of Victorian-style lace-ups — all the better to channel 1985 Madonna (and me) — you can still get them from Peter Fox.