Thanks, Ben Hedblom, for wearing the same shoes for four years as a bet and ruining any progress we’d made with men forgoing their too-tatty threads. In all fairness, the teen, who has been wearing a pair of Nike Shox throughout high school, could actually teach guys (and girls) a thing or two about how people are treated based on outward appearances. What began as a silly challenge between Hedblom and his Spanish teacher turned into a psychological test, causing the student to turn the experience into his senior project. Apparently, people felt so bad for him, strangers in McDonald’s would offer to buy him new kicks. Said Hedblom: “It made me think less of what other people think of me. And it made me approach them and talk to them. And they got to know me as a person. That goes way past the physical experience … I’ve learned a lot about self image. You are what you believe you are.” Aww.
Well, we’re assuming Mr. Hedblom remained a virgin throughout his high school career. Way to practice abstinence, kid. [TampaBay.com] Keep reading »
“What the #%@ is a shoe clip?” That was my reaction when a friend suggested I buy shoe clips to achieve my dream shoe vision of purple pumps with a red puffy heart on the toe (please don’t judge me). I had never heard of shoe clips before, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone, so here’s the 411 on this accessory for your shoes. Keep reading »
Wellington boots are such popular footwear for summer music festivals, like Bonnaroo in Tennessee and Glastonbury in England where mud and dirt abound, that Hunter decided to create a special “Festival” take on the basic rubber boot. These badass wellies, which feature crocodile-stamped panels and silver-tone rivets, resemble tough-looking motorcycle boots. In our opinion, these $200+ rubber rain boots would make wearers look like they’re trying too hard, but maybe super fashion-conscious concert-goers will go for them. [Net-A-Porter.com via The Vie Society] Keep reading »
Cate Blanchett and Roger Vivier give Maid Marion a fashionable update for the new “Robin Hood” movie, in the form of brown boots that are to die for. Bruno Frisoni, the artistic director for Roger Vivier, worked with the actress and the movie’s costume director, Janty Yates, to create one-of-a-kind boots specifically designed to show off Maid Marion’s girlish take on a masculine style. The end result is a pair of flat brown suede boots with buckles and lacing that forms the perfect marriage of riding boots and fashion-forward daily wear for more modern times. Be prepare to swoon over Cate’s shoes when the movie comes to theaters this Friday — and start searching for a similar style for your fall wardrobe. [Vogue UK] Keep reading »
These sneakers, designed by Amanda Yoakum, are further proof that the Tiger Woods cheating scandal hasn’t gone anywhere. The high-tops are decorated with an image of Woods next to his wrecked SUV, Elin Nordegren wielding a golf club, a bevy of Woods’ mistresses, as well as a spoof on the famous Nike slogan — “Just Did It.” Unfortunately, if you were hoping to rock a pair of these bad boys, you’re out of luck — they’re one-of-a-kind. Keep reading »
I have a love affair with high heels because I’m slightly vertically challenged. My motto is “the taller the heel, the better.” Mihai Albu, a designer from Romania, shares my sentiment. With his experience in architecture, he designs shoes that mix fashion, height, and sculpture in order to “reposition the waist” and appear to make you taller while wearing his heels. His latest creation boasts a full 12.2-inch heel sandal! This much heel might be a tad bit excessive, not to mention impossible to walk in, but if Alexander McQueen‘s spring 2010 shoes proved anything, it’s that fashion lovers will wear anything once. You’ll pay for the inches though. Each pair retails for about £1,200, or $1,762. Who will be the first celebrity to strut around with an additional 12 inches of height? [Daily Mail]
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