So - which ass-kicking boots do I buy?

Friday, May 9, 2008

The Year of the Wedge

I have a friend, let's call her Misa, who as long as I have known her has worn only black wedge shoes. Sandals, boots, casual, formal - if they're on her foot there is at least a 3 inch wedge serving in the supporting role. I have spent embarrassingly too much time contemplating where Misa finds these shoes. But, this is her year! It's the year of the wedge. Online stores have departments dedicated to the wedge.

An aside: It is still a mystery to me, how designers light upon a new trend simultaneously. I know we are supposed to believe that there is some logical progression to fashion. But I think it's more a profit-seeking progression than anything else. Once the stores have finally got each and everyone of us, down to our grandmothers doing their shopping mall pre-dawn power walk, wearing a pair of low-rise jeans, well, it's perfectly logical for those same stores to push high waisted pants on us, otherwise we might never, not ever, buy a single new pair of jeans. Even if those high waisted jeans make everyone of us, down to those power-walking octogenarians, look at least one trimester along, they will introduce them as the new, much more flattering silhouette. And this year we are supposed to believe that manufacturers all around the country, from Kohl's to Calvin Klein, woke up in the middle of the night exclaiming, "the WEDGE!" At least the wedge is cute, functional, fun, easier to walk on than pumps.

Just take a look at what Old Navy has to offer. You'll want every pair on this page, and the most expensive pair is $34.50! Even these leather babies - $24.99. I couldn't buy them because I am certain that Samantha wore them to some rooftop barbecue at which she was dressed as an oversexed farmer's daughter. But you may not have that association. Maybe in black?

And look at these

And these:
At these prices, don't deny yourself a pair or two. I know for a fact that Misa is going hogwild. Hurry up before the pendulum is pushed back in the direction of Manolo stilettos.

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