After a week of grubby traveling through cold unforgiving weather, who would not want to come home to a spectacular and fantastical pair of Firebird and Ashes shoes?? Here is a brief description of these fiery beauties:
"These pumps, crafted by Mexican designer Lucita Abarca, caused quite a stir at a recent Sixth Borough fashion show. These crystalline high-heels were grown by Wyrm’s Pass artisans, deep below the Rocky Mountains, using a mixture of firebird ash, waters from the springs at Paradiso, and a variety of secret ingredients, rumored to include Australian fire opals and powdered moonstone. The result of using the firebird ash become immediately recognizable when the heel of the shoe is dragged backward across any dry surface, as it creates an impressive streak of magical fire which can be accurately aimed with a little effort. Ms. Abarca said she wanted a shoe that made a statement, and that statement was “Any bastardo brujo catcalling me on La Plaza de Sangre better be ready to dose his huevos, you know?"
Ok -- this is a fun bit of fantasy, though when I first read it at Once Upon a Blog, I was thrilled and ready to reach for a credit card. Still -- just coming up with the idea is pretty terrific! I wonder how many fiery shoes we will be seeing in new urban fantasy novels? Stop by Once Upon a Blog, and enjoy the rest of Gypsy Thornton's post on variants and productions of the Firebird tale. It'll warm you up in a hurry.