“Style” on Trial: ‘Heelarious’ high heels for babies

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Let us just begin this article by stating for the record that The Fashion Police exempt babies – and, in fact, all children – from their rulings.  Babies shouldn’t have to worry about "style". That’s one of the cool things about being a baby. That and the drool.

It’s not the "style" of these shoes we’re interested in hearing your opinions on, then, but the very idea of them.  They’re called "Heelarious" and they’re baby’s first high heels. Now, we should also point out here, that they’re not real high heels. They’re soft crib shoes designed to look like high heels, and they come in a variety of colours and styles including hot pink, leopard print and black patent with rhinestone.

So, what do we think of this, readers? Clearly these shoes are aimed at parents rather than their children: we’re wondering whether you find them "heelariously" funny and harmless, as the manufacturers intend, or whether you think, like we do, that even although they’re supposed to be funny, there’s still something just a little bit off about the idea of a baby in stilettos – albeit fake ones?

What’s the verdict then, fashion cadets: are these shoes "heelarious"? (If you think you are, you can pick up a pair from the Heelarious website for $35.)

21 Comments

  • June 23, 2008

    Chica

    I don’t like them. At all. I know they aren’t real heels but why would you want your baby to look like they are wearing some?
    I really dislike people who dress their girls in ‘grown up’ clothes , seeing 5 year olds walking around town in heels, short skirts & already wearing make up really annoys me.
    Being a kid is supposed to be just that.

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  • June 23, 2008

    Orla

    It distresses me enough to see ten year olds in spaghetti straps. The world’s gone mad, and I feel like someone’s grandmother despite being 21.
    These aren’t so much heelarious, as a disturbing facet of a society which ages our girls at an alarmingly accelerated rate. I know they’re meant to be fun, but crayons and cars still do the trick much better.

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  • June 23, 2008

    Diana

    Heelarious????!!!!!! I don´t find them HEELARIOUS, I find them ridiculous!!! They are horrid!! A child MUST dress and LOOK like a CHILD for God sake!!! I´d never EVER let my daughter wear those!

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  • June 23, 2008

    gokarm

    I’m not personally offended, as this is clearly a “gimmick” and…I mean, they’re not trying to insinuate that babies need to wear heels because they’re too short or something…it’s just not a particularly funny joke, so I shrug my shoulders.

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  • June 23, 2008

    Arielle

    Agreed, Chica & Orla.

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  • June 23, 2008

    Vanessa

    Don’t be so sensitive. They’re a joke. You leave them on your kid, for what…5 minutes? Then your baby will probably pull them off like they do the rest of their clothing, LOL!
    And these are no worse than taping a bow to your child’s head. It’s a funny, girly thing.

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  • June 23, 2008

    Kate

    I see what they’re getting at, but I don’t find it all that humorous.
    Now, THIS is humorous:
    http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=52241.0

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  • June 23, 2008

    Danielle

    Might as well start up with the foot binding again.
    Your feet look like that if you wear heels enough anyways.

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  • June 23, 2008

    Danielle

    Also, Diana, childhood is an invented by the Christians. Before then, children were just “mini-adults” and wore exactly the same thing, just smaller. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Childhood

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  • June 23, 2008

    Zoe

    Disgusting. Foul way to press gendered and sexualized stereotypes on steadily younger children.
    Also @ Danielle, as your link quite clearly states: childhood is a Victorian concept, not a christian one. I’m quite sure there have been christians before the Victorian era.

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  • June 23, 2008

    Haley

    Argh, this reminds me of the Irish gypsies in my hometown who took their toddlers to mass wearing short shorts and fishnets and full makeup.

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  • June 23, 2008

    Natasha

    Apart from what everyone else said, they’re also very, very ugly!

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  • June 23, 2008

    Jazz

    I think they’re a bit odd, really. Your first high heels should be a teenager thing, not a baby thing – fake or not. If you’re going to dress up a baby why not use those cute socks with the mary-jane pattern? Those are at least humorous. These? Not so much.

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  • June 23, 2008

    Laura

    Certain evil sectors of society will find these items appealing – how about a joke push-up bra & panty set to match? (please, please don’t let me find they’ve taken this idea seriously…)

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  • June 24, 2008

    Bec

    creepy, very creepy.
    there is MUCH cuter stuff out there then those, and even fake heels on babies are just plain scary

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  • June 24, 2008

    Theresa

    As a mom to a 7 month old baby girl, WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY THINKING?????
    As if Bratz isn’t bad enough, making 8 year olds focus on being cool, hip, and airheaded, they want to extend their marketing even further????

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  • July 2, 2008

    Zoe

    I don’t find them bad, I could see myself buying them for a shoe-obsessed friend as a baby shower gift. I don’t think I’d put them on my baby but I’d laugh like hell if a friend gave them to me.

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  • July 4, 2008

    Lisa

    I just got a pair from MyBellySprout.com. I usually trust this store b/c they have unique, good quality stuff. I gave them to my friend who just had a baby girl, and she loved them. People need to take life a little less seriously. Everyone who sees them on the baby just laughs. They are so soft w/elastic. Relax people…. just laugh.

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  • July 31, 2008

    Ricki

    The hell .. this is disturbing.
    And no, I won’t brush it off with a laugh..
    This must be an american company. havent you noticed a lot of American’s are brainwashed from tv and commercials..
    It is a shame, and i really hope they go out of business.
    /Ricki

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    • November 3, 2012

      Nala

      I am kind of offended by this. Yes, some Americans are ignorant but that’s looking at a small piece of the pie. Not all of us are idiots, just like everywhere else in the world. There are ignorant people everywhere. Most of us are not brainwashed and see right through the commercials. I sense anger in this post. Please do not insult people, it’s not cool. But about the shoes. I think there just a gimmick.

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  • August 18, 2008

    sue

    sick, sick, sick, Why can’t people let kids be kids.

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