I have SO. MUCH. STUFF…!
Particularly on the shoe front.
I spent about 8 years of my career working in Ladies Footwear in Product Development, so it’s safe to say that I have seen the birth-to-death of many a pair…in my professional Life and in my personal! Prior to that I worked at Bloomies in NYC in executive management – I was known for wearing black, and for the heels I never seemed to take off! I’d march from Grand Central at 42nd to 59th and Lex every morning, and back again when my shift was over for the day… That’s a good 34 + blocks in three-inchers (as they often were.) It was definitely not “good” for me…and my ice skater / dancing feet weren’t entirely pleased.
I started b allroom some years later and it became my new passion. That said, my passion for heels started to become less and less…not that I don’t LOVE them any less…but that my feet finally had more of a say that I did! I’d say I’d limp for a good five minutes in the morning after waking up – ballroom shoes are often half-shanked…so a woman can point those lovely toes in her routine! BUT…the constant pressure, and extra contact with the floor…any dancer will tell you, NSAIDS (yes, topical versions too!), ice, bandages, sports tape…they’re often on hand. Still…I love the way heels look and REFUSE to do away with the majority. (I incidentally have some of display as “art so even if I don’t WEAR them, they are enjoyed.)
When I delve into my closet, I find myself saying “Oh, I LOVE THOSE!“...as if I am in the store buying them for the first time! *lol* I guess that works out, right? I mean, I’m consistent! 😉
So upon snooping the other day, I found the rockin’ distressed gunmetal Steve Maddens. I remember getting these WAY back when down in Soho in NYC – the flagship there is pretty rad and I OFTEN found styles you’d never see on the site (courtesy of having a USA factory situation where the “sassier” or “test” styles could be made for the bigger volume, edgier demographics stores.)
These are about 3.5″ from the back… The heel is chrome, so they definitely catch the eye from the back view. I remember getting these and thinking there was like a Mad Max or Escape from NY thing going on… They have a well-trained, sportier underscore – I can’t tell if that’s because of the perking or the velcro straps… It could even be the curving stitching and piece up over the counter. I of course LOVED the the sock was red – RED is such a great color!
The leather has a distressed burnish to it, making the pewter-like gunmetal WAY more edgy. Frankly, solid metallic can look very drab and inexpensive – certainly with this upper style, that would have been the case…BUT…they were going for grunge. Post apocalyptic footballer or something…but it works.
I’m so glad I found these. If my feet want to play along, maybe I’ll give them a spin sometime. If I run into a band of rebels, at least I will look the part…and sassy to boot!