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March 9th, 2009

Be a Barbie Girl: Wear Her Shoes!

Women around the world are simultaneously shouting, “FINALLY!”  Finally, you can move beyond just playing with Barbie’s awesome wardrobe, and actually buy it for yourself!  In celebration of Barbie’s 50th anniversary, (notice how it’s NOT a birthday), toymaker Mattel has announced that they are partnering with retailer Christian Louboutin to create Barbie-inspired shoes and accessories.

According to Paula McCooey at The Ottowa Citizen, each pair of Barbie shoes will retail for $130.  Black, fucshia, pink satin, metallic, and black leather color schemes are planned. Reidin Goode, senior designer with Mattel Canada, says the shoes are not meant to be exact replicas of Barbie’s shoes.  Instead, they evoke something connected with Barbie.  For instance, Barbie’s Zebra-striped bathing suit, which she wore for her debut at the New York City Toy Fair in 1959, inspired a pair of striped black and white pumps.

The distribution of Barbie-style products is only logical following the huge Barbie show that recently graced the catwalks of New York, as highlighted above.  That show focused on Barbie’s past, present and future, and included all of the most beloved Barbie styles.  Designers also created outfits that they thought Barbie would wear into the future.  (Apparently, we can look forward to peacock-bright eyeshadow.) Shoeflyer will bring you all the details as these Barbie styles become available.

With this development, Barbie really is every American woman.  Before, I was always jealous of this little blondie who had it all without even trying.  Now, I’m eager to try walking a mile in her shoes.


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