No, I haven’t gone all Playboy on you… this post is about the latest trend for sculpted toe shoes. Some controversy surrounding ‘real toes’ has existed for a while, but with the launch of the new Stiletto Moody BARE range, and the following on of other major Second Life Shoe Designers, it looks like sculptie toes are most definitely in vogue. Personally, I’m pleased to see the growth in their popularity; I think they’re a vast improvement on the standard avatar feet and can’t see why some find them creepy (unlike other prim body parts I could mention!). So, I guess the question is… toe be or not toe be?
Hair: TRUTH Rachel in Brownie (Browns2 Pack) (L$50) – get it here
Nail Polish: Reale Manicure in Wine (L$0) – get it here
Bracelet: Armidi Gisaci Glitz Bangle Combo Assorted 17 (L$225) – get it here
Shoes: SLink Glamour Platforms in Black (L$500) – get them here
Hair: Frangipani Designs Rachel in Hazelnut (Brown Pack) – location and price not available at time of publication due to moving of main store
Bracelets: Zaara Indian Bangles (L$5) – get them here
Shoes: J’s Real Toe Cross Belt Sandals in Pearl Beige (L$380) – get them here
Hair: TRUTH Elizabeth in Walnut (Browns1 Pack) (L$50) – get it here
Nail Polish: Armidi True Enhance Painted Nails Gold II (L$90) – get it here
Earrings: +plus Circles Earring in Dark Gold – Peace on Earth Gift (no longer available)
Scarf: Muism Crinkle Scarf in Bronze (L$200) – get it here
Shoes: Stiletto Moody Bare Audrey in Gold Patent (L$1,899) – get them here
All shoes come with a modify menu enabling you to change toenail colour, skin colour (to tone in with you existing skin), and toe ring options. SLink’s shoes are controlled via an easy-to-use hud, but all can be tricky to edit and may not be suitable for those inexperienced in modifying objects (I found this to be especially the case with Stiletto Moody’s shoes). Both Stiletto Moody and SLink shoes offer the option of alternative metal finishes, whilst J’s offer a choice of 3 straps (3 styles of the price of one!).
Price points vary greatly and, in my opinion, the higher priced versions don’t necessarily mean better design, quality or fit. At 6ft tall, I’m a small avatar in comparison to many others and find the toes on the SLink shoes a little large for my liking. The shoe detail is great though as is that on the Stiletto Moody BARE range, but the price point on the latter may be beyond the reach of many avatars and represents the emergence of the worrying ‘Second Life Elite Designer Brand’.
One last note… be careful combining multiple face lights with sculptie toes. Whilst I’ve never experienced it myself (only ever wearing a maximum of one face light), face lights can affect the shading of the toes even if you colour match them well, giving you a serious case of corpse toe!