Women and Shoes



Some thoughts on Shoes from the delightful book “The Lost of Dress” by Linda Przybyszewski:

Since hats are no longer fashionable, women’s most frivolous urges have to be channeled somewhere, and shoes it is.

If you cannot walk more than a block in your shoes, they are not shoes; they are pretty sculptures that you happen to have attached to your feet.

Is the face the center of interest in your design? . . . Without a point of emphasis “the eyes grows weary and the mind confused. . . such outfits [are] spotty . . . The obsession that many of us have with shoes today may have grown, like weeds, from the abandonment of the Five Art Principals.

If you don’t think of your ensemble as a composition, you don’t ponder yourself from head to toe, But it’s easy to see the one part of you that is always visible to your eyes without the need of a mirror: your feet. Thinking yourself as a composition means imagining how others see you. Looking at your shoes is seeing yourself entirely from your own perspective.