Maybe it’s the influence of a fashionable friend visiting from London or maybe it could be that I’ve always found LONDON WOMEN have a look (aka the London Look) that’s a bit more edgy or funky (for lack of a better word because groovy is what really comes to mind) over the rest of us. I admire the way they experiment with clothing and accessories and manage to pull off something more avant-garde and make it chic and fun. it’s not necessarily anything trendy or something we’re so used to seeing. Which leaves us wondering…hmmm how did she pull it off? For this post we look to the feet.
Feet found on the streets of London during Fashion Week – unfortunately not by me.
Photos: Vogue (UK), Buro (but chosen by me from plenty more images).
There’s nothing like coming across a good ‘find’ vintage or otherwise. I spotted an EmilioPucci pair of wedge wood sandals with scarf print in exactly my size at an outdoor vintage market which takes place once a month in Palm Springs. Only one pair, never worn and with a perfect pricetag.
There’s so many things you can say about them….sure, they’re comfortable, sure they’re practical, they bring out your manly side (if you’re a woman) and your womanly side (if you’re a man – kidding!), your love of all things equestrian (even though you can’t remember the last time you were on a horse), and they look good with.…..with what? I’m referring to the original Gucci horsebit although there are plenty of other equally unattractive ones out there.
When I wore mine the other day a friend commented that it looked like something Martha Stewart might wear. No offense Martha, but I would prefer to be compared to your cooking style more than your clothing style. It’s not the same as saying “it’s something Kate Moss would wear” (even though Kate has been seen wearing them on occasion – I did the research). Well guess what? They’re baaack in a big way…but slightly updated with different colours, patterns (including leopard) and a cool studded version (ohhh studs!). Does that make them cooler?
So, what do you think? Love them or Leave them? I’d like to know.
Right now I want to talk about space. I don’t mean outer space (that was another post) but things that take up valuable space in our closets. Okay, my closet specifically but I can bet I’m not alone. I just did my annual Spring wardrobe cleanup and found the following:
Several pairs of shoes that I have not worn in years and a couple pairs I wore only once (maybe twice). A few necklaces, belts, earrings and a certain bracelet I wanted to wear all winter long. It was stashed away very neatly in a box under another box holding a pair of very lovely seasonal shoes – but I didn’t wear them because I couldn’t remember where I put them. I’m much more organized now but it really made me think…..about all the stuff we store. That doesn’t mean something else won’t replace what will soon be given away, it just means more thought will go into the next purchase (which won’t be for a while – at least a week).
So, can we stop and think for a moment about how many shoes we women (and come on, some men too) own compared to how many of them we actually wear? By that I’m referring to every single pair in our closet. How many times have we bought a pair
of shoes/ boots/sandals/flipflops (have I left anything out?) only to discover they don’t fit as properly as we thought (or hoped they would), don’t really go with anything we have, or just feel plain
uncomfortable when we got home? Then they sit in our closet taking up space. You can see from the photos some of the ones that didn’t make it back into my closet. I must remember that I live in Vancouver and walk everywhere, but I grew up in Montreal with fashion at my fingertips and it never left, even after having moved out West.
While I’m on the subject, another thing I’m letting go of (when the current subscriptions run out) is my obsession with magazines. I recently discovered flipboard (app for cellphones) but right now my U.S. mailbox (which I failed to visit for a few months) was overflowing and I really don’t like the idea of lots of paper lying around – taking up more space.
Oh, before I forget, my phone has two accessories that a friend brought back from China. It’s the latest craze in Japan too. They dress up my cell phone (kind of like a scarf
does for a purse). It just makes it a bit more difficult to take a photo – know what I’m talking about?
It may sound crazy but I’m starting to realize the value of keeping a few on hand.
Preventing shoe crush – Why deteriorate the backs of your shoes by sloppily slipping your heel in? Shoe horns are great because they protect the backs of your shoes and make it easy to get into snug slip on dress shoes.
A lot of people do not appreciate how important a shoe horn is. I was one of those people until recently when I tried to slip into my old loafers without the help of my horn (which was nowhere in sight) and the heel got all crunched up. Shoe horns have been around forever and most people have one but never use it.
If you don’t use a shoe horn then there are two ways of putting a shoe on. 1) You can either, stick your finger in to the back and pull it on to your foot, stretching the shoe, or you can go for the worst of all options and 2) try to put your shoes on with no hands (my loafer style), sliding your feet in and crushing the counter as you do so. Both ways are going to cause damage to the counter. This is actually very serious and no good for the health of the shoe.The counter is extremely important for the structure of the whole shoe, if it is damaged and loses its stiffness then the whole shoe will lose structure and no longer fit correctly or offer good support. A firm counter supports your heel and arch and reduces over-pronation. Pronation being the flexing of the ankle. Over-pronation stresses the tissues around your ankle and foot which will lead to various foot conditions including flat feet and heel pain. Doesn’t sound too sexy does it?
Now I believe having at least one shoe horn handy by the front entrance should be mandatory and especially if you ask people to take off their shoes before entering your home.
Did you like going down slides as a kid? Well with a shoe horn your feet can go down a little slide every time you put your shoes on.
Gentlemen love them.
The metal ones are the best because they will last forever and have the added advantage to open your paint tins or beer bottles.
I like these elegant long versions in a fashionable color – so you can stand while putting shoes on. You can match them to your shoe color.