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December 30th, 2008

2008 in Review: Strange Ending and Epilogue

Welcome to the Pre-New-Year-Lame-Duck-Slump of 2008. The last few days before any long-awaited event are always a little strange. I can’t remember a single thing about the days leading to my college graduation, except that I walked around in a hurried daze.

Everyone can relate to the drifting feeling preceding the big test/marriage/birth, but the last few moments of the Bush administration are setting new standards for transitional strangeness. After all, we have a double whammy this year: in only a few short weeks, we’ll have a new year and a new president. The Bush Administration probably wouldn’t have guessed that the guy that so recently suited up to wave triumphantly in front of a “Mission Accomplished” banner would suffer a pedi-chuck– and that the story wouldn’t be all that important in the grand scheme of economic downturns and slow retail holiday sales.

But this is only the most political of shoe stories from 2008. For more light-hearted fare, check out the Malasian Star’s fashion review of 2008, “Year of the Shoe.” Shoes did certainly seem to step into the spotlight this year, with jewel tones glowing and high heels rising. Perhaps the general feeling of change in the air has left us more willing to try on crazy, completely unique styles, and there is no better venue for adventurous fashion than the shoe. So strap on a metalic heel, think back lovingly on this year’s shoe aquisitions, and start penciling out how you’ll afford that next killer spring pair.

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