I have to throw in a disclaimer right away—it is not safe, nor clever, nor a fashion thing to go roller skating in stilettos. In fact, up until this moment, it was also impossible, but Saint Laurent has decided to intro what is set to be a collector's item to end all other collector's items: the high-heel court-shoe roller skate.
When the Saint Laurent team emailed me yesterday to showcase the latest drop (which, by the way, is looking pretty incredible and I'm hoping my wardrobe will have a steamy affair with these Freja corsage-embellished ankle-strap courts), I was quickly sidetracked by the addition of some heels with wheels. It is not every day such a thing occurs. In fact, the last time I can pinpoint a reference for this idea dates back to this oft-Instagrammed retro shot of stiletto roller skates in a gold metallic finish and worn with fishnets—very Boogie Nights-meets-Guy Bourdin and highly suitable for the cover shot of Better Living Catalog, the 1980s satirical magazine of supposedly life-improving inventions.
Would you? Could you? Are you a Saint Laurent super-fan who collects its most iconic pieces? If so, this is definitely one to add to the Le Smoking tuxedos, pussy-bow blouses, next season's diamanté boots (they're going to be HUGE), YSL reinforced cut-out logo Opyum heels, and the more recent phenomenon of these Lolita-style sunglasses. Saint Laurent's first stab at roller skates back in 2013 produced not only a functional pair of star-emblazoned boots but also a runaway success—they didn't hang around on the virtual shelves for long.
This second, more extreme incarnation is part of the Parisian house's pop glamour–driven patchwork theme for the new season, and we predict that they'll become as equally sought after as their more practical predecessors. Listen carefully if you're keen: They are called the Anya 100 Patch Pump Roller, they cost £1995 and they have just arrived into stores. You'll need to be fast off the mark to get them before they whizz out the door.
See Saint Laurent's High Rollers