Pair no. 31: “The Nightmare Before Christmas” tennis shoes. It is so hard not to buy themed tennis shoes and crazy T-shirts — it is just part of the American impulse to identify and somehow by identifying becoming unique. These shoes were a wonderful tribute to the rich fantasy worlds that exist inside of this man. You would never know by looking at him that he would own a pair of shoes like this — he understands that you don’t wear these to the office. But as you can see, he has worn them. And felt springier, and cooler, and hipper just by putting these on with his jeans.
Here’s an idea — maybe I’ll start getting everyone to shoot a pic of all of their shoes…here’s the first group picture — kind of a class photo…notice the beautiful green pair in the back, the shy fuscia pair in the front, and the military issue boots? Thank you for your service, both in the military and in the service of shoe lovers everywhere.
Pair no. 28: Here we go! Beautiful and office appropriate! Comfortable, reliable, great for summer, seriously fun, and sleek. Thank you for getting it sooo right! I feel easier seeing these shoes, more confident in the choices other women are making, the strides we are making at “having it all” — which of course, we can never truly have…but the dream still lives…having it all–fashion, comfort, style, (bring up the strings…”there’s a place for us”).
Pair no. 25 This shot of a pair of shoes comes from a fellow traveller in line with me at the Philly airport. I asked the woman in front of me “May I take a picture of your shoes?” and immediately the man in front of her turned around and began sharing with me. “I have a picture of a pair of shoes you should put on your blog. I don’t do this normally, but I was in Cleveland, in line to see Wicked, and I had to take a picture of these shoes!” I asked him to send his photo to me and I can see why he Had To Take A Picture of These Shoes! Here is my best advice to the wearer “Beware of falling houses my friend.”