Thursday, July 17, 2008

shoes, shoes again



Even though I spent a weird amount of valuable life time hating shoes... every time I go to Germany I suddenly get a pair. It's that talk about judging people by their shoes I think, even though I can't feel a smidgen of care for the sentiment within me, somehow it must affect me enough to go and have a look at the shoe sale. I look at the shoes and deeply resent being expected to wear them. Then I think: man, I like these snazzy green trainers, they look a bit like Abe Sapien, or Merman, or... and they are really cheap... Then I suddenly own them.
But there you go. Life's a puzzlement.

10 comments:

Dave Shelton said...

I am a man.

Men do not, as a rule, get excited about shoes.

Even amongst men I am especially disinterested in footwear.

But...

They look coooool!

Viviane Schwarz said...

:) You know, that's probably it. They really look like they might make me able to breathe underwater. It kind of feels good to have them in the house just in case... uh... well I'm glad it's not just me, anyway! Thanks!

Stephanie Roth Sisson said...

Those are fabulous! They look so comfy...and they look like they would add a bit of spring to your step....and not squeek like some of the annoying shoes I have.

Germany, I think, just has particularly nice shoes. I can see how you would be compelled to buy shoes there....here, no such thing happens...that is why I live in flip flops and am always without the perfect pair of shes for this or that...

And on the topic of men and shoes...my hubby just went apeshit at a "Clarkes" shoe store on a recent trip to Minnesota. I've never seen a man go so crazy over shoes before, but I think that these just did it for him...He even ordered an extra pair when we got home, "in case they stop making this model". I think that in the future if I ever feel a bit neglected I will appear at the front door when he comes home wearing the Clarkes shoes.

Viviane Schwarz said...

That's the way to do it! They always stop making the best shoes. He'll be so glad in a couple of years' time!

Yep, they do good shoes here! And the people in the shoe shops really fit them to your foot, hands-on, with honest detailed advice, while in the UK they tend to stand next to you going: 'They look great' (in my experience anyway).

It's really just that whenever I get ready to go to Germany I think: wow I can get some new Birkenstocks! - For some reason Birkenstocks are still fashionable and expensive in London, and they are the only shoes I know that are wide enough for my taste... and then I go to Germany, and get ready to go to the Birkenstock shop, and everyone goes: NOOO don't be crazy!!!! You can't wear those in public!!! - I explain that everyone in my house wears them, including the ladies in the fashion shop downstairs, that people wear them at the publishers', including the bosses, artists and writers, and that they are sold for a LOT of money in a fancy little shop at Neals' Yard... then cave in and buy different shoes. Everyone smiles and says NOW you look decent, then I return to London and everyone smirks at me weird shoes. - It's a source of tension.

Anyway, I ordered a pair of classic Birkenstocks too now. They are the loveliest shoes I've seen... I had them posted to London. They told me that model hardly sold in Germany, wasn't even available in the UK (but incredibly fashionable in Japan). So I win all around!

Viviane Schwarz said...

Now I'll stay out of shoe shops for the rest of this trip or I'll actually go a bit weird I think.

Matthew Robins said...

Do you mean Ethel Merman?

Viviane Schwarz said...

Hm.. no... I haven't found an angle yet that makes them look like Ethel Merman... kind of difficult to achieve with trainers I think... I would like to see someone try! I was thinking of the little plastic guy with the big gills on his head, oh, ah, he was called Mer-Man probably actually.
I'm friends with them now, they pinched much less today... wore them in the rain, too...

Eric Orchard said...

Very cool!
All my German friends have great shoes and I always assume they bought them in Germany but when I ask they always bought them at some shop I hadn't heard of.My friend Oliver gets great pants in Germany but he's from Lichtenstein.
I'd settle for a nice pair of Chuck Taylors right now.

Anonymous said...

Your shoes, they look like rainforest leaves unfurling. Well done for finding shoes which are at once at one with a rainforest floor and also beautiful walking along the city streets!

x

Viviane Schwarz said...

Ha :) Thanks!