Our Friend Virginia, Writing About the Shoes

Manolo says, our friend, the Virgina has written the column in the Bloomberg News on what the shoes say about us.

Like cars, shoes combine function and aesthetics, the promise of mobility and the pleasures of style. As apparel, they offer not only protection but transformation; as autonomous objects, they serve as “bursts of beauty that defy the mundane,” writes Rachelle Bergstein in “Women From the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us.” Unlike cars, shoes are also inexpensive enough to permit people to build diverse wardrobes, changing footwear with season, circumstances and mood.

Whether Jimmy Choos, Pumas or Toms, shoes let us stand out as individuals while fitting into similarly shod social groups. The complex relationship between the social and the personal is why it’s so hard to tell much about a shoe’s owner from a photograph alone — and why shoes are so interesting. Their meanings require, and sometimes reveal, broader cultural context.

There is much more to be said about this topic, and the Manolo will say it shortly. In the meantime, go read the whole article, it is worth your time.

One Response to “Our Friend Virginia, Writing About the Shoes”

  1. Dana July 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    I read that this morning on my usual news rounds, and noticed right away that there was a shout-out to a certain shoe blogger.

    Although I must point out right away it wasn’t me that ‘fessed up to owning 200 pairs of shoes- unfortunately.