And upon it, a bird was put

Prompted by Nancy Friedman, as I so often am, I wound up reading this interview with a couple of the principals in Hourglass Footwear, a firm with an interesting backstory:

We’re a group of nine female artists and designers who were tired of unreliable freelance projects and joy-killing day jobs. Lisa and I took a total leap of faith and left our jobs, launched a Kickstarter campaign and pretty much did exactly what you’re not supposed to do during a down-economy, but there you go. Eight months later, we’re doing booming business and we’re both starting to breathe normally again.

As a matter of policy, I flipped through some of their offerings, and I was weirdly delighted by these:

Put A Bird On It by Hourglass

It’s called, not too surprisingly, “Put A Bird On It!” Figure 5½ inches tall with a 1¼-inch platform. And like their entire line, it’s hand-painted. What does this mean to you, the buyer?

Our shoes are hand-painted and then triple sealed. This makes them waterproof, and it protects the paint from coming off. We’ve all been wearing our painted heels regularly for close to a year now, and they still look great. Small scuffs can simply be wiped with a damp cloth or some clear shoe polish.

If you plan to shuffle through gravel on a regular basis, though, we’d probably recommend a different pair of shoes (also, maybe another hobby).

Wise advice, I’d say.


  1. fillyjonk »

    3 April 2013 · 2:36 pm

    Well, I couldn’t wear them anyway because of the height of the heel, but I do tend to scuffle through gravel at times. (Or kick my hoof foot in the soil when I’m nervous about something).

    They are pretty shoes, though.

  2. Tatyana »

    3 April 2013 · 3:22 pm

    FJ, they specifically say on their site that there are several show styles on offer – comfort, flats, mid and high heels and platforms – to which any of the featured design could be applied. Also, they paint customer-own shoes to order. I’d say, go for it.

    Personally, I find the idea infantile and the look disgusting, but that’s just me. I abhor kitch in any form.

  3. Lynn »

    3 April 2013 · 4:47 pm

    I would wear those if I wore high heels, maybe with a solid color dress to match the birds. Going to check out the flats…

  4. Pete »

    4 April 2013 · 11:54 am

    Infantile? Disgusting? Oh ye of little taste…

  5. Tatyana »

    4 April 2013 · 10:37 pm

    Pete: also tasteless, garish, loud and vulgar.
    Prison art, like tattoo.

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