Yves Saint Laurent releases $3.6k rollerblade stilettos

  • 03/08/2017

French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent is getting belated publicity for a pair of rollerblade stilettos, after the shoes were overshadowed by a controversial marketing campaign earlier this year.

The shoes are fitted with four wheels and a toe stop, which see fashion and ease of movement fused together in the most attention-grabbing of ways.

But they will set you back an eye-watering $3600.

Yves Saint Laurent hasn't forgotten about its male customers either, producing a set of wheelie skate shoes that will cost you significantly less than the female version.

The brand also had their male fans in mind.
The brand also had their male fans in mind. Photo credit: Yves Saint Laurent

The women's Roller Skate Pumps come in five different styles - all designed by Anthony Vaccarello, who was motivated by his desire "to see women flop and sweat" on the heels, according to Vogue.

That claim from Vogue is part of what saw the stilettos shrink back into the shadows in the first place, following their initial release back in March - with a campaign promoting the shoe slammed as sexist and soon taken down.

The adverts featured models in provocative poses that were alleged to be "degrading to women" and were even labelled an "incitement to rape" by France's advertising watchdog.

But now the heels have returned to their rightful place in the limelight, minus the contentious ad campaign, after being featured on a number of high-end fashion blogs.

Who knows how comfortable the wheel-based stilettos are to actually wear, nor how many people will actually be willing to part with the eye-watering fee to own them - but as they say, pain is the price you pay for fashion.