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February 13th, 2009

Happy Paraskavedekatriaphobia Day: Shoes for Friday the 13th.

Friday the 13th is a day long associated with strange happenings and bad luck.  This is the worst day of the year for paraskavedekatriaphobics, who suffer from a fear of Friday (in Greek, paraskevi) the 13th (dekatreis). Why fear a superstition that’s only been on written record since the 1900s?  Well, numerology provides one reason.  Twelve is considered a complete number in numerology, since there are twelve months in the year, twelve signs of the zodiac, twelve apostles, twelve hours on clocks, twelve gods of Olympus, and so forth.  Thirteen seems odd and out of place after such a complete number.

The Da Vinci Code promoted the idea that the superstition surrounding Friday the 13th dated to the Knights Templar, who protected Christian pilgrims during the Crusades.  When he thought the Knights Templar had became too powerful, King Philip secretly ordered all of them killed on Friday, October 13, 1307.  Many historians question the validity of this pat explanation, since the unluckiness of Friday the 13th wasn’t written about until 1907.

All of this leads me to what shoes to recommend for today.  Well, if you’d like to flaunt your love for Friday the 13th, especially the film, Mizzecustoms has you covered.  They’ve designed a couple of gorgeously frightful Friday the 13th sneakers.  It’s amazing what a talented artist can paint on shoes.

Personally, I like to pretend that superstitions have no bearing on actions– I make my destiny.  Still, I sneak in a lucky charm now and then.  Today, I’ll pair my lucky clover socks with irresistibly cute shoes.  My thinking is that Friday the 13th unluckiness wouldn’t dare strike against a well-heeled fashionista.  The Audrey by Joy Chen, shown above, channels one of the best-heeled fashionistas of all time:  Audrey Hepburn.  No unluckiness could possibly come to one wearing shoes with both buttons and bows, right?

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