Pop star Madonna once said that for her shoes were better than sex. Did this inspire Stuart Thom to found his erotic shoe label ainsley-t? If shoes really are better than sex, what could be better than having sex while wearing Stuart’s shoes?
With such startling attributes as butt plug heels, cock rings and gag balls, Stuart is working hard to get a wider audience acquainted with his erotic footwear. Although quite explicit, his designs could never be accused of tastelessness. Some of them are so beautiful that it would indeed be a pity if they would only be worn in the intimacy confines of the bedroom.
Although Stuart started designing fetish shoes by doubting that he would ever contribute to the commercial high fashion shoe market, he has already worked several times with designers of ‘regular’ fashion as opposed to fetish wear. For example, there is his collaboration with the Berlin clothing label “Mongrels in Common”, by fashion designers Livia Ximénez-Carrillo and Christine Pluess. Stuart designed shoes to match their ready-to-wear Fall 2011 collection. At the request of SHOEdesignmakers these beautiful shoes will be available in our webshop carrying the logo “stuart thom for Mongrels In Common”.
The gag sandal without the gag was originally designed for the Atsuko Kudo runway show at Lingerie New York in October 2011. A small number of shoes in colours chosen to match the outfits were designed especially for this show.
Photo 1 – photography: Sarah McGlathery
Photo 2 – photography: Giordano Affolti
Photo 3 – photography: Simone Nervi
Photo 4 – photography: David Betts