An accident waiting to happen Label launches high-heeled boots for fashion-conscious ice-skaters
For most of us, navigating an ice rink is difficult enough in regular skates. So the latest offering from one high-end fashion label looks set to pose a serious challenge.
DSQUARED2 has added blades to the soles of four pairs of high-heeled boots from its fall/winter collection.
While most skates do have a small heel, these designs are so high, they have been described as a broken ankle waiting to happen.
An accident waiting to happen DSQUARED2 has a range of stiletto ice skates
Ice cool: The shoes bear all the hallmarks of traditional skates, like laces and hooks, in luxury calf skin leather with laser-cut detail
Those that do have the skill and balance to glide gracefully across the ice will need deep pockets too.
Traditional: Ice skating boots usually have a small heel
The cheapest version costs $891 – and that”s the sale price – while the statement knee-high style is currentlyretailing for $1,497.
The boots have been designed to bear all the hallmarks of traditional skates, with laces and hooks, as well as the all-important blade at the sole.
But luxury details like intricately laser-cut calf-skin leather make them a far cry from the average hired boot.
They should prove a hit with the likes of Victoria Beckham, who is rarely seen without a pair of soaring platforms and was even once seen in high-heeled sneakers.
And Park Avenue princesses most likely love the opportunity to set themselves apart from the masses at the Rockefeller Center rink.
Fancy footwear: The combination of towering heels and blades may prove too much of an ice-skating challenge for the average woman
Expensive: Those that do have the skill and balance to glide gracefully across the ice in the DSQUARED2 boots will need deep pockets too – these retail for $1,497
But for the average woman, it seems the prospect of stiletto skates is a little too scary to indulge.
ABC News”s Lauren Torrisi writes: “Logistically, these shoes are a little scary: I walk slowly in heels toavoid tripping and my ankles wobble in skates.
“Combine the two and youhave a broken ankle waiting to happen.”