The news of Michael Jackson’s death has traversed the world with unequivocal speed, leaving many people shocked and saddened. Already, loyal fans have begun paying tribute to Jackson’s legacy – his music, fashion, and controversy – yet, amidst everything he’s known for, few knew that Jackson was also an innovative shoe designer, of sorts.
In fact, it goes even further than that. Apparently, Jackson is the owner of a patented shoe design. Michael Jackson’s name is the first of three on a U.S. patent for creating an anti-gravity illusion by employing the use of special shoes (see Jackson’s Smooth Criminal). Basically, the heel of the shoe contains a wedge that locks into an anchor on stage, thus allowing the wearer to lean forward beyond what is (typically) physically possible.
While, unfortunately, Shoefly doesn’t carry these (very) limited-edition Jackson shoes, we do have a number of styles that exhibit a certain “flare” reminiscent of the late performer.
Take Saxon by Ryan Rowe, for instance (pictured above). This shoe’s polished upper catches the eye like no other.
Also, Pawelks’s PAO137 boot is just as hip. Perhaps not as eye-catching at first glance, but admirers will surely come to appreciate the subtle personality of this boot.
And don’t forget Diner by Pataugas. This moccasin features an upper leather that is fashionably cool and comfortable.
Finally, the Dalcot by Pataugas is also a unique shoe. This unconventional hi-top features a soft leather upper that will provide comfort and compliments all day long.
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