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Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

A Short History of Heels: Why Flats are the Footwear of the Proletariat

Louis XIV- Hyacinthe Rigaud 1701 - and shoes

Louis XIV and his royal red heels

It’s true.  Flats are the footwear of the bourgeois and the proletariat.  And I’m not just saying that because they’re far more comfortable to wear at work than heels.  Indeed, I used to think of my favorite flats as a personal fashion bargain.  I would think to myself, “I’m trading a little bit of fashion fierceness for a whole lotta comfort.”  Never one to kill herself for fashion, I saw my flats as a sign of my own laid-back approach to life. My, how my approach to flats has changed since I learned about the history of heels.

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Friday, May 29th, 2009

Five Fab Summer Shoes for the Office

3394749911_50a9003b8b_mIt’s gorgeous outside; sunny, with a tantalizing sea breeze from the Southwest.  Your mind waders to the beach, the river, or the mountains.  But you’re tragically trapped at work, and the amazing weather makes you want to bang your head against your cubicle’s padded walls. Or you’re stuck in class, desperately trying to keep your mind on Socrates rather than sunshine. No one can make your unfortunate indoor time pass more quickly this summer, but a pair of perfectly formal summer flats from Shoefly might make it more enjoyable. Here are a few comfy-yet-presentable flats for your summertime work.

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Friday, May 15th, 2009

The Five Shoes Every Woman Should Own

Jessica Joyner, like many women, once dreaded opening her closet to search for that perfect pair of shoes. It didn’t matter if she was going to work, to a social engagement, or just to relax — choosing the right shoe from amidst a plethora of possibilities gave her a headache. That is, until she discovered the secret to shoe selection. If you want the skinny on her top five shoes every woman should own, read on.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Michelle Obama Chooses Black Flats & Kitten Heels for Europe

At times, Michelle Obama’s fashion choices threatened to outshine the political purpose behind the Obamas’ recent diplomatic trip across Europe.  If you’ve been as pleasantly distracted by Ms. Obama’s fashion faceoff against the world’s post powerful divas as I have, you’ve probably noticed her sleek, subtle, comfortable footwear. I’m not alone in rejoicing that the First Lady is both fashionable and real.

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Monday, January 5th, 2009

Art Shoes #1: Artistic shoes to fill the gap

These days, it’s hard not to feel jolted by daily news of economic crises. Today’s All Things Considered featured a heartbreaking story titled “Museums Exhibit Signs of Economic Distress,” which highlighted an art museum in New York that recently resorted to selling several paintings from their permanent collection.

Cheerful cherry blossoms and stunning gold. A treat for the eye.

Cheerful cherry blossoms and stunning gold. A treat for the eye.

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Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Get Yer Michelle Obama Fashion Fix

A new president will take office on January 20th with a strong, intelligent, and imminently fashionable lady at his side. Michelle Obama seems confident that she’ll be comfortable in her new role as first lady, which includes influencing the nation’s approach to fashion. (Is that sexist?– I guess not, since Mr. Obama has done his share to influence men’s fashion.)
The Obamas’ “no drama” approach extends to Michelle’s wardrobe, which is sleek, comfortable, and glamorous without being pretentious.

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