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Iouri is the successor to Abalkin, a luxury brand of dazzlingly high heels. He spends his days parading in Abalkin heels to promote the brand, and the nights servicing patrons for the company's survival and growth. Through the years, he's had his secretary Adam by his side, but their relationship isn't as simple as it seems...

A dark, twisted, psychological story in true Ogawa Chise style!


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Associated Names
Aka no Theatre
Le talon aiguille rouges

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c.Epilogue by Whatever 8 months ago
v.1 c.Extra by Whatever 11 months ago
v.1 c.4 (end) by Chrima Scans 12 months ago
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1 Volume (Complete)

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Average: 7.3 / 10.0 (82 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.12 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 2nd 2017, 12:14pm PST



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What the heck has just happened?   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by okigen
June 25th, 2017, 4:40am
Ok... So I wrote a positive review after reading chapter 1, saying that this is a really wierd story which may worth the read just for the sake of curiosity. Screw that.
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So, we got a shoemaker who is the ghost designer behind a luxury brand, and the heir of that brand who is obsessed with his shoes. In order to expand the brand, the heir - whose face might be the most beautifully androgynous thing you've seen in recent memories - is pimped out to influential 'sponsors'. You get the idea.

My problem is that while all the twists and turns are played out to an insufferable level, it never gives much of a meaning for people to take the story seriously. The premise has so much potential. It can be a twisted tale about the price of fame. It can be a dark and meaningful commentary about lust and obsession. But instead, the characters' dynamics are inconsistent and their motives so questionable that really, in the end this is just 4 chapters full of meaningless porn with a happy ending coming out of nowhere. And the porn is not even enjoyable. Ironically enough, while the manga is supposed to be about passion to an extreme level, I don't feel the passion anywhere. Except, maybe the epilogue, where we have a happy ending that doesn't fit into the story flow at all.

5/10 - for the art. You may just read this for the male lead and the shoes.

... Last updated on June 25th, 2017, 4:44am
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Ogawa Chise I will always be your fan   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by kidoraku
April 23rd, 2017, 11:06am
Thank you for another one work that is far from what I already saw. I'm tired of average plotless stories with shitty art and dumb characters so thank you for bringing me joy. It's a wonderful manga made for rather older audience.
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Ch 4   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by 801crazed
February 1st, 2017, 4:40am
This is a twisted, dark and convoluted story. However, what happens in chapter 4 does not mesh with this at all. I think the author was rushed to end this quickly or something...

ETA: But, damn, that extra chapter was smokin! I hope there will be more to Mikhail and Carlos' story.

... Last updated on March 4th, 2017, 12:47am
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On second thought....   
Rating: N/A
by liontaraki
October 7th, 2016, 4:42pm
Just when you think that Ogawa-sensei's work can't get any darker, here she is with another even more twisted story. A no-name Vietnamese shoemaker pursues his dream of creating popular high-heeled shoes. To achieve his dream he joins a luxury shoe brand and as the ghost designer, he pimps out their heir (who has a fragile mentality) to rich, influential old-men that help him promote the brand even more. Just because the shoemaker uses fancy words to describe his reasoning doesn't justify his actions or turn this story into a bubbly romance. Please note that in all smut scenes up to ch.2 the only guys who get to do it with the heir are far too ugly and lewd.

Update: I was very harsh with my previous critique BUUUUUT I read the ending and reconsidered... I loved how they left everything behind to achieve happiness together in the French countryside.
What I loved the most, though, was the last story about Yuriy's uncle and the only male lover he had in his life. Their story was short but impactful, the smut scenes were delicious (!!!!!!) and I wish Ogawa-sensei could make a whole volume just for these two. I can't put into words how happy this last chapter made me...

... Last updated on March 15th, 2017, 1:29pm
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it seems good!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Sylvina
July 31st, 2016, 9:26am
Well it's Ogawa's art, so it's really good. About the story, again, it's Ogawa's story, so, yeah, it is a little fucked up, but in the good way i mean haha. I like it, if you like twisted minded characters, with a sadistic/masochist personality, here's your manga.
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