Cinderella and her fairy godmother were clearly dreaming too small when they settled on glass heels. A trend of pearl-encrusted footwear has swept the nation's imagination, with options ranging from the flea market to the red carpet, and appearing on such notable celebrity toes as those of Lady Gaga with her towering, lustrous stilettos from the sea which she wore to Glamour Magazine's annual Women of the Year Awards.
On the oppsite end of the style spectrum, quirky fashion icon and actress Zooey Deschanel has been spotted gracing a similar red carpet, only in a slightly more demure set of heels. Deschanel has chosen a more delicate route, with heels that have merely been enhanced by tiny pearls rather than appearing to have been wholly constructed of them.
Famed fashionista Kim Kardashian has also been seen rocking an alternate version of this trend in her gladiator-inspired sandal-boot-heels, like some kind of warrior sea goddess. This daring pair was designed in tandem by designer Giuseppe Zanotti and rapper Kanye West, Kardashian's husband.
In fact, there is a rather significant trend of fancy footwear being graced by pearly accentuation available on the market today, ranging from a shimmery strap of adornment to the restrained look of just a few fine pearl drops dangling from a selected spot of pride.
It may be true that very few of these looks are likely to feature actual pearls, but in case you are one of the few bold and daring minds who might don your keshis or akoyas in a slightly more imaginative way, here are just a few tips to protect your pearls: beware of corners and sharp objects, keep away from any sort of chemical that could damage the nacre, or natural luster, of your pearls...and above all, do not select heels so tall that you cannot chase down any stray pearls in the disaster scenario of having one (or several) break loose and roll away.
It's true: these, and a hundred other iterations now exist of pearl-bedecked footwear, ranging from the casual and daily to the extreme and avant garde...What pearly personality will you adopt with your shoes?