Review | These Shoes Were Made for Dancing…Almost

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to putting together boudoir looks (i.e. lingerie or sexy costumes) the shoes are always an afterthought. I usually just grab my favourite pair of super high, black patent leather, stiletto pumps and call it a day. However, lately I’ve been thinking more about shoes and how they play into acting out your fantasies in the bedroom.

So, I was really intrigued when Shoefreaks.ca contacted me about trying and reviewing a pair of their shoes on the blog. Shoefreaks.ca is a 100% Canadian company based in Montreal that specializes in Alternative footwear. Think: anything from wild stripper shoes, platform goth boots to pin-up inspired pumps. If it’s out of the ordinary, they’ve got it! To quote their mission statement:

“We want you to have the power to be who you want to be whenever and however you want to. Want to feel sexy? Then be sexy. Want to rock 10” platforms to your high school reunion? Then rock them. The world is your paradise and if you’re planning on leaving a footprint behind, you better make sure it’s one people will remember you by.” 

Amen to that.

However, although I’ve been known to rock some crazy cheetah print pumps on occasion, my shoe taste tends to fall more in the “ordinary” category. So, when it came time to choose my shoes I went with one of their more subdued options. Skinny Dippers, meet the Fabulicious Lip 139 Sandals by Pleaser.

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The Fabulicious Lip 139 Sandals are a black patent, D’Orsay style, platform sandal with an adjustable ankle strap. Made of man-made faux leather, feature a 3/4 ” platform and 5″ heels. I was initially attracted to these shoes because their minimalist structure reminded a bit of a very sexed up version of the Stuart Weitzman “Nudist” sandal.

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First of all, I was really impressed by the packaging. The shoes arrived in a blue “Fabulicious” box and came with a coordinating blue dust-bag for storage. FYI, when I travel I pack all of my shoes in dust bags, so this is definitely a plus in my books.

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At first glance, the Fabulicious Lip 139 Sandals are very sleek, however also slightly daunting in height. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that they have a nice cushy insole made of soft black suede material. Here’s a few photos of what they look like on.

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As you may have noticed, none of these photos feature me actually standing or walking in the shoes. That’s because these shoes are really, really high. Way higher than I expected. I’m usually good with really high heels, however I found that even with a slight platform to offset the height, these were a bit of a challenge. So, although these shoes are very sexy, I won’t be dancing in them any time soon.

With that said, I can totally foresee myself wearing the Fabulicious Lip 139 Sandals in the bedroom when I know I won’t be doing a lot of standing…ahem. They have just a hint of a cool dominatrix vibe, so I would likely pair them with some of my edgier lingerie (like this set by Yes Master) and maybe even these wrist cuffs. These shoes are so versatile, that really you can’t go wrong. Unless of course (in my case) you try and dance in them – that likely will go very, very wrong. Like, “Naomi Campbell falling down on the runway” wrong.

(FYI, anyone who can dance or work a pole in these gets massive props from me. Seriously.)

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Either way, I’m enjoying this exploration of boudoir footwear and I hope you are too. If you’d like to indulge in your own footwear fantasies, make sure you check out ShoeFreaks.ca.

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Thank you to ShoeFreaks.ca for facilitating this review! I received the shoes free of charge in exchange for my honest assessment of the product. All views and opinions are my own because that’s how I roll.  

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