How are you faring in the St. Patrick’s Day color contest? Did you remember to incorporate the bit o’ green in your ensemble today? If not, how about blue? Since the original color associated with St. Patrick was a deep blue, you could argue that a spot of blue earns you pinch-free privaleges. In fact, the modern greening up on March 17th is thought to be rooted in the phrase “the wearing of the green.” During the Irish Rebellion of 1798, pinning “the green”–a shamrock–to your clothing was a symbol of rebellion against the British crown.
Ireland’s ancient colors are St. Patrick’s blue and saffron, as seen in the blue background and golden Gaelic harp of the Irish Presidential Standard.
Sick of the St. Patrick’s day color rules all together? Wear orange. Some Protestants wear orange on this day as a sign of defiance, a practice that dates to protestant William of Orange’s defeat of the catholic King James the II near Dublin in 1688.
If you’re a vexillologist, you’re probably wondering why such a historically charged color as orange is now included in the Irish flag. Like many national flags, the Irish flag attempts to acknowlede and unify the many cultures inside Irish borders. By featuring orange, the Irish flag represents the country’s Protestant minority.
So, in celebration of the many cultures of Ireland, I’m featuring green, blue, and orange shoes. The green selection is at top: Christine by Miss Sixty is a lovely combination of dark green, gold, and suede, all wrapped into a chic pump.
For all you rebels out there, may I suggest Gypsy by Charles David? Shown at right, Gypsy is a platform pump with an artsy cutout heel. Gold rivets and delicious contrasting stitching make for a sexy shoe.
For a cornucopia of blue shoes, check out Shoefly’s entry on 13 Blue and/or Suede Shoes. Happy St. Patrick’s day, everyone– best of luck to all Shoeflyers!
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