The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

9 November 2007

What's the new Mary Jane?

Isaac Mizrahi for Target Olive Mary JanesIn the process of denying an unhealthy interest in women's shoes, I happened upon this fairly nifty Mary Jane by Isaac Mizrahi for Target, a pair of which Sarah snagged a few days back. Apparently the guys in her office thought they were wonderful, which doesn't sound like any guys in my office, but then most of them are the sort who don't stare at shoes: they look you right in the C-cup every time. Me, I side with Sarah's co-workers: these are pretty spiffy. What's more, the price (thirty bucks) won't make your nose bleed, unlike some of the curious couture items I've mentioned before in this space.

As to said "unhealthy interest," I attribute it to growing up (1) short and (2) depressed: if you keep your head down all the time, sooner or later you're going to notice such things. It falls short of a fetish, however, for the simple reason that it has no role in my sex life. (Come to think of it, I have no role in my sex life.)

Posted at 12:20 PM to Rag Trade


It's not necessarily an indication of obsession, sexual or otherwise, for a man to take an interest in women's shoes. I find them fascinating myself, because they've been made so fanciful. No other garment worn by either sex appears in so many wildly different shapes and colors. The mystery deepens when you reflect that the shoe, of all garments, is the one that must endure the severest mechanical stresses -- yet look at those steep insteps! Look at those spindly heels! Look at the open backs, sides, and toes!

Women wear these physics-and-anatomy-defying devices by choice. Indeed, they can't get enough of them. That might be the strangest aspect of the thing. But I would never dream of impugning the good sense of such as Fetiche, who says high heels make her feel strong, confident, and sexy. (She also claims they don't hurt. Make of that what you will.)

All the most prestigious designers of women's shoes are men. Their creations challenge the gait, balance, and endurance of the wearer more dramatically than ever before, and far more dramatically than those of their lesser competitors. Yet women go nuts over those shoes, and seem willing to pay any amount for them. They queue up at high-profile stores for the merest chance that there's a pair left in black in size 8. There's a lesson in that, somewhere.

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 2:21 PM on 9 November 2007

This one is more to my liking, C (unlike the previous Oxford/stripper hybrid).

Francis, 2 small notes to your ode - 1) the women' shoes designers might be men, but they are mostly gay men. Just like every fashion accessory' designers, including clothing and hats (yes, hats. That's a fine fetish topic for discussion). 2) no, it high heels don't hurt - if the shoe is done right, i.e. if the structure support shifting of the center of balance. Those thin-thin heels are usually st.steel inside, and there is an interior flat spring (also high-carbon steel) supporting the shoe, between the heel and the ball of the foot. In the good (=expensive) shoes, of course.

Posted by: Tatyana at 7:05 PM on 9 November 2007

Very attractive woman's shoe.Understated and classy.

Posted by: fits at 8:52 PM on 9 November 2007
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