Posts Tagged: shoes

Dress Your Family In Your Lover's Shoes

I was asleep on the overnight train from Carbondale to Chicago, dreaming about snuggling with my boyfriend, Sam. I awoke to find myself reaching for my seatmate—a newly released convict who did not want to snuggle.

“No,” he said, crossing his arms. I knew he was a former inmate from his grey sweatpants, matching t-shirt, and prison-issued sneakers. The Pinckneyville Correctional Center is halfway between Southern Illinois and Union Station. The midnight train is the cheapest option for shipping freed men north.

He shook his head. “I don’t cuddle.”

“Sorry,” I mumbled. It seemed pointless to explain that I’d thought he was my boyfriend of one [...]


You've Been Tying Your Shoes All Wrong: An Interview With "Professor Shoelace"

Last week, I bought myself a decent pair of shoes. I liked them, but couldn’t keep them tied because the laces were unusually thick and inflexible. In search of a solution, I stumbled across "Ian’s Shoelace Site," a comprehensive and rather charming monument of shoelace study. It has step-by-step guides to every imaginable method for lacing and tying shoes, plus special tips, a marketplace, everything you could ever want to know about aglets, and even an app. I now cannot fathom a shoelace question Ian’s Site wouldn’t answer.

I found a knot that worked for me—Ian’s Secure Knot—but had to know [...]


Beauty Q&A: Shells, Bra Purses, and The Next New 'Do

1. I want a new hairstyle. Like, the newest. I want, for once in my life, to be on the cutting edge! But I kind of missed the ombré boat and I've never been any good at predicting trends. Do you know what's coming next?

It's important to remember that nothing is ever truly new. Any "new" hairstyle is just a reworking of something that's been done before because humans have been here for wayyy too long. There were girls in my high school who did ombré on their hair, only they used dye AND bleach, rather than just achieving the gradation with highlights. Does anyone remember this? They were [...]


Friday Bargain Bin: The Leftovers

Illustrated Stateside Tote, $3.50 (was $5) Not EVERY amazing thing flew off the shelves last weekend. If your Secret Santa is from Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas, Minnesota, Ohio, California or New York, you're in luck. 


New Birkenstock Styles for Summer


You Are Entitled to One Hour, Six Minutes, and 48 Seconds of Comfort

From the Post:

It takes just one hour, six minutes and 48 seconds before the average woman’s feet begin to feel the agony of being strapped into high heels, a study has found.

And some can’t even make it that long — with 20 percent of women saying the pain kicks in after just 10 minutes. But nearly half of all women admit they are willing to suffer for fashion and cram their tootsies into the too-tall shoes, the survey by Britain’s College of Podiatry found.

The school surveyed 2,000 men and women. Only 12 percent of men said they would purposely wear uncomfortable shoes.

My friend bought new [...]


Friday Bargain Bin: Winter Is Here

Luxe Faux Fur Wine Bag, $4.95 (was $12) If you think YOU'RE cold in this weather, imagine how your wine feels. 


Petition to Let Cinderella Wear Flats

Lisa Wade of Sociological Images draws our attention to the increase in heel height from Disney's original Cinderella movie and the live-action remake due out in 2015 (teaser trailer: literally too dumb for words). Wade calls the new shoe a "stripper slipper" and cites work on American pornification, and that's not quite my causal reading or my words to describe it, but there's really something about the fact that New York City podiatrists give women "Cinderella procedures" and now Cinderella has remade her shoes to require them.

I like the remake where the magic is not that the shoe fits but that [...]


Sriracha Stilettos and Beyond: An Interview With Hourglass Footwear

Edith Zimmerman: So you're part of the company (Hourglass Footwear) that made these phenomenal Sriracha stilettos. Sriracha Stilettos. Would that be a good burlesque name?

Lisa Strom: Go for it! It would definitely be a good burlesque name. Maybe we can sponsor your act.

Kira Bundlie: We can paint the Rock Out design on other shoe styles — flats, mid-heels, stilettos, etc. … but I have to say that "Sriracha Stilettos" sounds a lot sexier for a burlesque name than "Sriracha Flats."

How did those shoes come about, and how did the whole company come about? (I guess: what's the brief backstory?)

Kira: We're a group of nine [...]


Friday Bargain Bin: What to Do With Your Allowance This Week

Rachel Roy Owl Cocktail Ring, $19 (was $48) OMG he has the same eyes as that partridge pin on home shopping that zaps you back to Christmas Eve morning over and over in the "film" 12 Dates of Christmas with Amy Smart and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. (Not a good movie! But I did cry at the end.)