This one’s for Phlegmmy

The lovely Phlegmmy is quite the connoisseur of ladies’ shoes.  When I saw this image over at Wirecutter’s place, I couldn’t resist borrowing it to show her here. Louboutins they ain’t;  Fluevogs they’re definitely not;  but they have a certain je ne sais quoi, wouldn’t you say?  Note the nail claw polish matching the shoe leather.  I do appreciate the extra effort.  Not paltry poultry, those . . . Peter EDITED TO ADD: Reader L. L. just e-mailed me, saying “Hey! Cluck-me shoes!” Grrroooooaaaannn . . .

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“Shoddy” in more ways than one

The term “shoddy” originally referred to wool salvaged from used clothing.  Wikipedia describes it as follows: Benjamin Law invented shoddy and mungo, as such, in England in 1813. He was the first to organise, on a larger scale, the activity of taking old clothes and grinding them down into a fibrous state that could be re-spun into yarn. The shoddy industry was centred on the towns of Batley, Morley, Dewsbury and Ossett in West Yorkshire, and concentrated on the recovery of wool from rags. The importance of the industry can be gauged by the fact that even in 1860 the

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Suicide shoes?

I was a bit mind-boggled to read about the latest fashion accessory. Enter Saint Laurent’s latest must-have accessory — roller skate stilettos. Yes, you heard us correctly. Three-inch stiletto heels, with a roller-skate wheel attached to the bottom and a kick-stop brake — because it’s just so easy walking in a normal pair of heels. Aptly dubbed the Anja 100 Patch Pop Pump Roller, the heels are part of Saint Laurent’s autumn/winter collection and are yours for a mere $2,600. There’s more at the link. My immediate reaction was that roller-skate stilettos must surely be a disaster looking for a

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So ridiculous, they’re funny

Is this not the most over-the-top description of shoes that you’ve ever read? A new fashion exhibition focusing on conceptual, artistic, and extreme footwear, aims to reevaluate the occult power and mystery of shoes … these innovative and radical designs aim to defy space, anatomy, and gravity, pivoting around sculptural methods and blending traditional craft and nontraditional materials … this exhibition creates a meandering journey between the ephemeral and the perennial, the beautiful and the painful, the mythology and reality of some of the most charged and coveted objects in fashion history. Ridiculous!  And they look even worse than the

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“When did we decide women should shave their legs?”

That’s the title of an article in Australia’s ‘Daily Life’.  Here’s an excerpt. Before the First World War, virtually no woman in the West shaved her legs. And yet by 1964, 98 per cent of them under the age of 44 did so. What happened in between? Advertising happened, that’s what. Christina Hope researched the evolution for her 1982 paper titled ‘Caucasian Female Body Hair and American Culture’. Through surveying ads in old issues of Harper’s Bazaar and McCall’s magazines, she could track how women were progressively browbeaten into going hairless via an extreme marketing assault. At the turn of

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I’m not sure how many men still wear ties . . .

. . . but for those who do, here’s 30 ways to knot them.  For example: THE FISHBONE KNOT This awesome work of tie artistry is shaped in the form of a fishbone, hence the name. It’s a remarkable formal knot that is increasingly gaining respect. While somewhat challenging to tie, it’s definitely worth the effort, because it never fails to make the ultimate impression. (Click the image for a larger view) There are 29 more ways to knot your tie at the link. I could have used that information during my secular career.  Back in the 1980’s and 1990’s,

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I presume this was the fashion police?

Bizarre news report of the week: Deputies had to use force Sunday to subdue a naked man wearing only high heels and a turban after spotting him hiding behind a tree trying to put on pink women’s panties and pantyhose. The man, identified as 28-year-old Jermaine Lloyd, fled from deputies while trying to pull on the undergarments and carrying a purple bag and sweatpants, according to a police report. There’s more at the link. Clearly, pantyhose and a turban just don’t go together . . . Peter

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A hair-raising invention?

I’m hugely amused at the brouhaha over ‘hairy stockings’.  They were first revealed by a Chinese Web site, and have attracted horrified, sardonic and sarcastic comment all over the world. I particularly enjoyed the Telegraph’s perspective.  Here’s an excerpt. Perhaps their primary function is to put off the more unenlightened members of the male sex, who will be so repulsed by the sight of a nubile young girl with gorilla pins that they will forget to assault her, but maybe the truth is more subtle than that. In fact what will happen is that all those nice, feminist men who

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