shoe be do be do

shoe be do be do,
freda salvador
diversity in fashion
more edges
letter from the editor

Ah, shoe be do be do, the search, the search for the perfect shoe, sandal, boot. If there’s anything you actually search for, even research, it should be footwear. Our feet are our base, if our feet hurt, can we ever feel good? If our shoes are shabby, can we ever look good? 

Cheap shoes, one of the the first posts I wrote was about cheap shoes.

I like the clunky, “edgy,” slightly orthopedic look of these sandal/shoes. 

They look like good shoes to travel in, and since I’m doing a bit of traveling this summer, I thought I would try them on. I can see them with jeans as well as a summery dress. They’re by a small, California company, Freda Salvador.

Orthopedic or not, I’m going to try them on tomorrow. 

diversity in fashion

Photo: Getty Images

This striking person is, Ezra Miller, actor, singer, and model. Just posting this picture here because of all the talk about diversity in fashion and on the runway. I like the models you can’t readily identify as “black,” “hispanic,” “gay,” “male” or “female.”

I like the blurring of lines that’s happening in societies all over the world.

Fashion is more and more closely resembling the people we see on the streets, but I’m sure that Mike Pence is not the only one positively throwing fits over these changes. I get that, it’s a big change for a lot of people. “What, someday we may all be indistinguishable from one another?”

No more readily identifiable, dreamy, pure, long-legged, long-haired Norwegian blonds? 

No more dark-haired, thick eye-browed, big-bosomed Sophia Loren look alikes? People might all be androgynous? How would we jump to judgement, how would we stereotype?

Wouldn’t we be lucky if we got to that place, that world, just a milk chocolate-colored mass of humanity? Thoughts about this?

more edges

Thought I would bring you more of what I’m calling “edges.” This is one from the famous/infamous Olsen twins, and God forgive me, but I don’t know which. No matter, I’ve always admired their style, a lot. 

Even though one of my friends says, “they dress like old women,” (ageist!), those girls were born with taste.

I don’t know if this look is just a big scarf, shawl, or blanket? I like that easy drape and knot on the side, and I’m wondering if one could sew a dress that looked exactly like that?  

Photo: Getty Images

This dress by Jonathan Cohen! For someone who’s not into pattern, how crazy that I would be attracted to this crazy quilt of a dress. Really though, more than the pattern, I’m nuts about the concept, the handkerchief size pieces of fabric, seemingly tied together. 

Maybe one could actually use thrifted scarves to make this dress? I recently made another trip to Fab Scrap, and with this dress in mind I found similar sized swatches of cotton fabric I’m going to play with. 


Dangerous Coats

Someone clever once said
Women were not allowed pockets
In case they carried leaflets
To spread sedition
Which means unrest 
To you and me
A grandiose word
For commonsense
So ladies start Sewing
Dangerous coats
Made of pockets & sedition

—Sharon Owens



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