|Shoes. I love shoes. In all of my almost nine and a half years in Second Life®, I have sought to have nice shoes. This was not easy as during my first days in SL during 2007 all the shoes were just a simple clothing item like a shirt or pants. But now shoes are super nice and look fabulous. I decided to take a tour of shoes through the years and to illustrate the development in a consistent manner, I found black heels from 2007 until 2016.
To begin, I dug down to the bottom layer of my inventory for the oldest black shoe and came up with the first photo. This is a black satin shoe from 2007. It hardly looks like a shoe, but in 2007 just having different shoe-like objects to match equally bland and pixelated outfits was pretty cool.
Shoes improved rapidly and in 2008, when I had acquired some Linden dollars, I invested L$400 in a nice pair of pumps. I thought they looked super with the black pencil skirts and white blouses that I favored then. The second photo shows those pumps from Park West. I was very proud of those shoes.
Prim- based shoes improved rapidly over the next few years. Photos three and four show shoes that have lots of detail and shimmer like patent leather. Shoes from Stilleto Moody were the top of the fashion chain and they cost appropriately. Moody shoes were L$2,000 a pair. But they did have 50% off sales and I got those Grace Eclectic heels for L$900. Buying shoes from Moody during a sale was a real challenge as everyone converged on the store and lag was so bad it could take half a hour for enough to rezz to find the shoes you wanted. I really felt I had arrived when I had shoes from “Moody’s”.
Also, prim-based shoes had a persistent issue. You had to match your ankles to the foot as the foot was part of the shoe and there was an inevitable line of mismatch in skin tone. You can see it in the photos, hiding behind the ankle straps.
Mesh-based shoes are our current state of evolution. Photo five shows a nice pair of heels from Pixel Mode [PM] with lots of details and an excellent skin tone from foot to leg. There is that funny notch where the foot and ankle meet. The prim shoes did away with it. It must have something to do with the original avatar body.
The sixth photo is the current state of the art. A mesh shoe from LUXE Paris on an AvEnhance mesh foot from SLINK with a seamless match from foot to leg. This level of technology is excellent for designers. They can just design the mesh shoe and the customer buys the mesh foot that it fits on. Moody had to figure out how to blend the shoe/foot combination onto the leg. That was a more daunting task. I find it interesting that as technology evolves it actually makes many things simpler.
An interesting sidelight to researching this article occurred. To find these shoes in my inventory, I shifted through hundreds of outfits and to photograph them, I wore the whole outfit. I was astonished at how I looked nearly a decade ago! Not only shoes have evolved but I have evolved too.
Resources (Several of the designers discussed above are apparently no longer in business. I’ve listed what I could find.)
Written and photographed by Deepthinker Oh
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