"We are all divorced from life, we are all cripples, every one of us, more or less," wrote the great Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky. "We are so divorced from it that we feel at once a sort of loathing for real life, and so cannot bear to be reminded of it. Why, we have come almost to looking upon real life as an effort, almost as hard work, and we are all privately agreed that it is better in books. And why do we fuss and fume sometimes? Why [...]
"Whether Jimmy Choos, Pumas or Toms, shoes let us stand out as individuals while fitting into similarly shod social groups. The complex relationship between the social and the personal is why it’s so hard to tell much about a shoe’s owner from a photograph alone — and why shoes are so interesting. Their meanings require, and sometimes reveal, broader cultural context."
Well, sure, we've all been there: "Officers said the as yet unexplained attack took place shortly after midnight on Saturday July 2 in Chippenham. The woman stood at the cash point in the market place for several minutes before removing her shoe and striking the machine 'almost fifty times'. She appeared to make a second attempt to use the machine before removing her shoe again to repeat the attack. At one point she can be seen taking a run up at the Barclays bank hole-in-the-wall. The attack left both the key pad and the screen out of order." You know what I find most interesting about this video? [...]
First I hated the Prada camouflage line, which, to be fair, grew on me! A little. It was still obviously ugly and the worst thing is, you know, you're wearing those clothes and everyone's like, "oh there's those Prada camouflage clothes." It's too much on you. And now? And now? BUT AND IF AND? Here. THE "CREEPER WINGTIPS PLATFORM" SHOES.
Today, the New York Post engages in a little bit of its every-so-often "but what about the children (of celebrities)" teeth-gnashing with an extended look at how shoe manufacturers are marketing shoes with one- to two-inch heels to young girls — like, pre-K young. The peg for this piece: A picture of Suri "The Most Photographed Child In America" Cruise wearing what look like a pair of Minnie Mouse-inspired Mary Janes while being toted around by her dad. The predictable Post commenter response: "Suri looks ridiculous. Sounds like she rules at home. No recent photos of her. Maybe she is recovering from cosmetic surgery. She is 4 now. [...]
"Independent shoe company Herstar announced a partnership last week with the NBA to make and sell team-themed high heels. The sporty pumps with a 4-inch heel and team logo emblazoned on the toe sell for $99. The crystal-encrusted 6-inch platform heel is $275. But you can’t really put a price on team loyalty." —If the NBA is even a little bit cool, it will make a commercial with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, et al. playing on the hardwood in their respective teams' crystal-encrusted 6-inch platform heels. You know Larry Johnson would have done it.
With the sudden arrival of spring, a diversity of mens' shoes blossoms! The slushy shoes of winter are over!
So, this is a very complicated time to get dressed. Times photographer Bill Cunningham declared the death of "dress down Friday," as he was seeing people dressing way, way up. And while he's always right, that doesn't necessarily mean that it's true in your office. But what it does mean is that you can often dress in the way you see fit. Often, it's easiest to start dressing from the shoes up.
And do you even know what kind of shoes you're wearing right now?
More Science! Researchers at Northumbria University have discovered that men don't really care about shoes and "cannot even tell if a woman is wearing high heels when they walk." Seriously, ladies, dudes barely notice our own shoes. If it's man-attention you're after you are much better off splashing out on something that makes your tits look bigger. Shoes are far too complex and subtle for us.
Holy bananas, the Alexander McQueen show in Paris. (Go look at all those pictures of shoes right now! And here are the clothes.) An eagle-eyed reader notes that the particular shoe above quite resembles the "Ellie" award statue of the American Society of Magazine Editors. Did you know? Wikipedia says "in the magazine world, they are roughly equivalent to the Pulitzer Prizes," which is not in any way true. ALSO I WANT TO BE FROM THE SPACE-FUTURE NOW. This is the DEATH KNELL OF THE HANDBAG. Purses are so pre-9/11. Shoes are the only symbol to have. Also, there is nothing for men to wear. It [...]
— Aminatou Sow (@aminatou) May 27, 2013
If you were vacationing super-hard this weekend, you may not have heard a thousand FEMINISTS screaming all at once, and therefore missed the story of the year. It starts like this: "It may say more about Washington than White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler that she’s known in the West Wing for her fabulous shoes."
Here is a longer response than "nooooo."
"Shoe care is of the utmost importance. It prolongs the life of the shoe and removes unwanted imperfections. Here’s a video that demonstrates an incredibly complete method of polishing: dust and dirt removal, conditioning, polish application, brushing, buffing, wax application, brushing and buffing. Voila – shiny shoes!"
Seth Colter Walls: Mary, thanks for inviting me to the "secret" Robyn concert in TriBeCa last night! Mary HK Choi: Pshaw bro. It was absolutely my pleasure. Seth: Don't fucking bro me what to do! Mary: Here bro. Drink this. Seth: So it wasn't actually that big of a secret was it? Was it a radio contest or something?