Friday, June 05, 2009

'Not All Shoes Provoke Feelings of Love and Derangement'

http://resources.shopstyle.com/pim/ee/75/ee75cf8000c7430347feca34bf8360db_medium.jpg  "[N]ot all shoes provoke feelings of love and derangement. Sensible shoes—stubby walkers; rubberized clods—do not inspire the sort of shoe lust that causes lapses in fiscal sanity or potential girl fights."
 
These shoes definitely inspired in me if not fiscal insanity, the insanity that comes from thinking one can walk on 4.5-inch stilts. Especially considering one of the shuls I go to is up a rather steep hill. I haven't done it yet in the shoes, but I suspect it will be epic.

(Though to be honest, I found this description of party shoes in the article that contained the above quote more interesting—"feathery, mile-high spangle-y things made of sex and Christmas trees"—mostly because I'm not sure what it means for a shoe to be made of sex and not sure what that means for my complete rejection of some unnamed people's assertion that shoes can be not tzanua. Is a shoe that is "made of sex" tzanua? Also, I still hate transliteration.)

3 Comments:

At 6/7/09, 10:52 AM, Blogger Shira said...

Did you really buy those shoes? Let me know how the uphill walk goes...

 
At 6/8/09, 5:04 PM, Blogger Allison said...

The uphill thing may not be so bad,the heel may just level you out. Downhill though....
Also, I'm glad to see you are finally coming around a little on the tzinus shoe thing. There is a reason why members of certain inappropriate professions are known for wearing certain types of shoes. The question is really whether those shoes are associated with such topics only because certain people wear them or if those people wear them because they help create a certain image they're looking for.

 
At 6/11/09, 10:30 PM, Blogger Eli7 said...

I did, in fact, buy the shoes. I'll report on the uphill—and downhill—walk after Shabbos.

And I'm still not quite coming around to the non-tzanua-shoe position. I still wear my flip-flops and open-toe red wedges proudly. With red toenail polish. But I am interested in what it really means for shoes to not be tzanua. After all, tznius is a halachic concept with very little textual basis, right? And so what does it mean to say something violates halacha but not be able to back it up with any text?

Also what does it mean for shoes to be made of sex and Christmas trees? I might just have to hit up that shoe sale...

 

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