Thursday, January 25, 2007

Liesl, 7N

The search for the perfect pair of slippers. Who knew that would be so trying? As I have stated many times before I have tiny, tiny feet. So, most slip on slippers tend to fall off of my feet. I do still wear a pink fluffy pair but I end up shuffling around, which isn't stealthy when you're trying to sneak up on someone or some cat.

I recently found a pair of Isotoner slippers from Kohl's that are doing the trick, but they're hard to get on. I admit that a part of me wants to wear something like this slipper and pretend I am Mae West. But the hard truth is that those slippers don't do much for cold tootsies. Also? they'd be like walking dog and cat toys.

I suppose I will just be happy with my fugly Isotoner slippers and continue to search for the perfect combination of tootsie warming fabulous slippers.

Yes, I am scraping the bottom of the barrel with this topic.

Today's favorite shoe:
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Sergio Rossi "Raquel"

Friday, January 19, 2007

Liesl, 7N

I was recently reminded of my all time favorite youtube video. This video is simply perfect. "Those shoes are mine, bitch!" Yeah, I can get down with that.

OK people, and by people I mean designers, let's stop with the fugly shoes already. I was fondling the pretties at Nordstrom's today and ran across this shoe. I think this one may even be worse than the previously described fugliest shoe ever (Vivienne Westwood for Nine West). Honestly, it looks like two shoes you retrieved from the dumpster at the Goodwill and glued together. FUG. Fug for $450, mind you. If I ever saw a woman wearing these shoes I think I would be morally bound to do an intervention.

Dare I say it? I think they may be worse than Crocs. Why? because they are so ridiculously expensive without an actual benefit. When you pay a high price for couture you should expect to be buying something beautiful. What if your personal shopper brought these to you, already charged on your Nordstrom's card? Wouldn't you feel totally ripped off? Now, if they brought you a fabulous pair of Chanel slingbacks you would likely not feel ripped off because they are just perfect. The moral of all of this? Designers sometimes need to stop sniffing the shoe glue.

These Louboutin's would be worth every penny:
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Christian Louboutin

Friday, January 12, 2007

Liesl, 7N

Do shoes really ever go out of fashion? I've addressed this before in the timeless post about shoes, but it has taken on new meaning lately when I've posted shoes that people really love and want to buy but can't because they are no longer available. I realize that it would be impractical to make every pretty shoe you've ever designed, but why do they last such a short time?

I have chosen a pair of shoes from Zappos for this week's favorite shoe because I know that if I don't use it, it will disappear. Pretty shoes should be available for longer, I think. It's not like they spoil with time or we'll look back on them with shame in 3 months. Pretty shoes will remain pretty and we all deserve the chance to own the ones we fall in love with.

Expiration dates are for food, not shoes.

Today's favorite shoe:
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N.Y.L.A. "Courtney"

Monday, January 08, 2007

Liesl, 7N

This blog entry is dedicated to my friend Tabitha. Tabitha is an incredible inspiration not just to me, but to many. I won't go into detail about her health concerns since that is truly not my story to tell, just rest assured that Tab is an amazing person with some very difficult challenges in her life. Tabitha asked me to showcase some comfortable shoes, so that is what I am doing.

In last month's StrokeSmart magazine there was an article about women who can no longer wear their favorite shoes because of the strokes they've suffered. The article focused on younger women, not your stereotypical stroke survivor. One woman would surround herself with her fabulous shoes from Nordstrom's just to feel like she was still connected to her shoes. I get that.

It's very unfair when something we cannot control takes away our passion; passions like shoes. There are some local craftsmen out there who are trying to make cute shoes for people with things like drop foot or mobility issues, but really? they are more about comfort than fashion. I think those two things could go together if someone with some design sense would design those orthopedic shoes. Come on designers! step up to the plate for people who love shoes but can no longer wear their old fabulous shoes! People with disabilities deserve some little pieces of fabulous, too, damn it!

Tabitha! this one's for you:
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Chloe Ballerina Flat (Hey, I never said it would affordable!)

Monday, January 01, 2007

Liesl, 7N

Do you make new year's resolutions? I half heartedly do; half way because I never keep them and I try to look at life as a work in progress. I realize the two are not mutually exclusive, but it's a good excuse.

Just because I don't make resolutions, though, does not mean I cannot help everyone else out with their resolutions. I think you all need to resolve to do or not do these things for 2007:

I, state your name, will not wear white pumps. Ever.
I, state your name, will never wear stockings with open toed shoes or sandals.
I, state your name, will not attempt to wear strappy sandals in a snow storm.
I, state your name, will always have a pedicure before wearing open toed shoes of any kind.
I, state your name, will never, under any circumstances, wear shoes made of foam.

And now, repeat this last mantra: I will love my shoes. I will love my shoes so much that I will keep them away from the dogs who like to chew up my shoes. Oh wait, that's mine. OK, try this: I will love my shoes. I will love my shoes so much that I will not do the aforementioned things while wearing my fabulous shoes. I will treat them with respect and dignity and, when I find a pair that needs to be added to my collection, I will gladly buy them. I will also come to Liesl or Suz for shoe advice because they know best.

Here's to another year of fabulous shoes!

Today's favorite shoe:
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Nine West "Chitty"