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December 11th, 2008

Twelve Days of Shoe Shopping #3: Hens/Beyla

On the third day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Three French hens
But which breed? According to the BBC, there are four major breeds of French hens: Faverolles, La Fleche, Crevecoeurs and Marans. The most practical breed for winter gastronomie is the favorelle, which is a winter egg-laying machine. For those who are inclined to favor style over utility, the Marans is a groovy bird. Even that perennial epitome of cool, James Bond, couldn’t resist the Marans’ chocolate brown eggs.

The real question is: who needs a chicken for Christmas? Yes, urban chicken farming is chic in the Northwest, but three live chickens don’t make a good gift unless you’re absolutely sure your friend is looking for things to get a little fowled up.

Instead, translate the gift of an endless supply of rich brown Marans’ eggs into endlessly supportive shoes like the Beyla shown at top. Rich waves of quilted felt embrace this low pump, which is both stylish and comfortable. The Beyla is a great gift shoe for teachers, doctors, secretaries, and anyone who wants to stand out as they stand up at work.

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