21Shoe is an event I don't often get the occasion to cover, simply because it's window is too narrow for me to squeeze a post about it into the schedule. It opens on the 21st of every month... And only the 21st. If you miss that 24 hour span then too bad, so sad, because the lovely discounts (and often limited editions) that come with it will soon be out of reach.
This month's lineup has a distinctly summery feel and I've picked a few of my favorite entries to share, so keep reading if you're looking for the perfect pair of virtual shoes to flaunt your avatar's latest mesh pedicure.
Tenerife, L$280 from Essenz [Teleport link]
These are really the perfect barely-there beach sandals, and the biggest benefit of owning a pair in the virtual world rather than the real one is that you don't have to worry about the feel of the strap between your toes. Just thinking about that sensation makes my skin crawl a bit. The of course there's the fact that they cost an absolute fraction of what the real ones would, no matter what brand they were from. I'm also a huge fan of that coral and gold combo, even more than the pink... And it's pretty darn rare for me to pick anything over pink. Like most of what's on offer at 21Shoe these are compatible with both Slink and Maitreya feet (so long as you're using the necessary flat version rather than a set intended for heels, obviously).
Christine - Corkie Wedges Edition, L$295 from Ingenue [Teleport link]
Ingenue is without a doubt my favorite shoe brand on the grid today. Their designs are a perfect marriage of retro and modern tastes. Their shoes are always available in an impressive and versatile range of colours and, as mentioned previously, will work for you whether you're using Mid-heel mesh feet from Slink or Maitreya. As for everyone else, well... You may get lucky, but try the demo before you buy. If the cork look doesn't do it for you, you can swing by ingenue anyway to pick up a pair of the original (cork-free) Christines at regular price.
Roslin pumps, L$280 from Lassitude & Ennui [Teleport link]
Not everyone has summer sandals on their shopping wishlist, so the Roslin pumps from Lassitude & Ennui are a welcome sight even if they're not exactly beach friendly. then again, when you don't have to worry about your heels sinking in the sand or getting stuck in the gaps of a boardwalk, who am I to say what's beach friendly and what isn't? The best thing about these pumps is easily the bow draping down the back. It's adorable, first and foremost, but also color-changing to suit all your outfit coordinating needs.
For the full array of what's available this month, check out the 21Shoe catalog here.Tweet
Janine Hawkins (@bleatingheart on Twitter, Iris Ophelia in Second Life) has been writing about virtual worlds and video games for nearly a decade, and has had her work featured on Paste, Kotaku, Jezebel and The Mary Sue.