IT’S a trick generations of Scots women have used to stop their heels from rubbing after a long night at the dancing.
Now Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri has expressed her delight at spotting sponge-stuffed high heels making their debut on the glitzy London catwalks.
The 49-year-old pop star, who is originally from Bellshill, Lanarkshire, said the comfy footwear on show at London Fashion Week brought her back to her youth and late nights on the town.
And she praised the top designer behind the unusual look – North Lanarkshire-born Christopher Kane.
She said: “You can definitely tell he’s Scottish – he knows the old tricks for when you’ve been out dancing for the night and forgot to break in your shoes.
“We used to put in sponges – rub the back of your heels, don’t they? I love the irony. Well, I hope it was ironic. I really enjoyed it.”
Spiteri was snapped with a number of celeb pals as she attended London Fashion Week to eye up the latest trends.
The former hairdresser, who rose to global stardom as lead singer of the rock band Texas in the late ’80s, was on the front row with Katy Perry and later posted a photo on social media with Stella McCartney and actress Kristen Scott Thomas.
Hailing Kane’s new Space Age autumn/winter fashion collection, she added: “He’s so clever.
“When you look at the tailoring on the first couple of pieces that came out, I thought, ‘Stunning’.
“Looking at the clothes, they were beautiful. I loved the big, beautiful fluid dresses with a really big cardigan. I love that sort of thing. It was fabulous.”
Kane’s sponge-padded stilettos are not the first time the designer has turned heads on the runway.
Last year, he raised eyebrows by showcasing plastic Crocs shoes decorated with precious stones – now retailing at a cool £275.
And earlier this month he launched – quite literally – a range of new accessories into outer space as part of an attention-grabbing marketing stunt.
His Devine bag and high-top sneakers blasted off from Ashbourne in Derbyshire and landed about three hours later, within 120 miles of the take-off spot.
The bag and shoe, which reached an altitude of up to 24 miles above Earth, can now be snapped up for £795 and £345 respectively.
And those looking to buy a pair of his sponge-padded designer shoes can expect to part with a similar wad of cash.
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