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December 31st, 2008

Shoe Calendars for 2009–For your inner Shoe-a-holic

I love this time of year, when planning and staying organized almost feels like a treat–

Shoes Gallery 2009 Calendar

Shoes Gallery 2009 Calendar

a chance to dive into an intricate project in the darkest time of the year. The creative juices flow under winter’s ice, it seems. There’s no better time to rush out and buy a calendar than when you’re facing the world with new-year zestful optimism.

But don’t get too drastic– don’t make your calendars all work and no play. You wouldn’t want to end up a very dull boy (or girl). I can tell you from experience: buy a no-nonsense calendar now and in six months you’ll hate your inner January schoolmarm.  Instead, I look for silly, nonsensical and/or indulgent calendars that express some inner need. An unexplained interest in a personally distant topic. A calling, if you will.

The topic of, oh… say.. shoes. For instance.

So, here are this year’s best shoe calendars. But then, if you’re a recovering type A personality like me, you’re probably so organized that you had this year’s calendar selection planned on last New Year’s eve, right? Live a little– have fun in 2009.

At top– the calendar that used to be a book.  The Shoes Gallery Calendar is based on Linda O’Keefe’s Shoes: A Celebration of Pumps, Sandal, Slippers and More. My feet don’t have eyes, but if they did this would totally be foot eye candy.  That sounds kinda gross, actually.  But this stand-alone desk calendar is the opposite of gross.  It’s delicious.

Andy Warhol The Taming of the Shoe Calendar 2009

Cheeky, cheesy puns? Yes, please.

Next up:  an enigmatic artist.  Andy Warhol takes on the Taming of the Shoe calendar and I’m sure he does a fabulous job.  The majority of remarkably vague listings online makes this a mysterious choice… what images will you actually get?  It’s not certain, but I trust Andy, don’t you?

Another artsy choice:  High Style, the calendar from the Ontario’s Bata Shoe Museum, which I think might feel a little like heaven.

Finally, a quirky choice.  To combat the Northwest’s dreary drizzles, wouldn’t we all like a little more western pep in our lives?  The Cowboy Boots Calendar is just what the SAD-ist ordered. 

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