Send your mother to Shady Acres

Premium Leather Contrast High Wedge by ASOSThe style rookie, now thirteen and, as she says, “rather cynical and cute as a drained rat,” shows up in what appears to be these ASOS wedges, presumably acquired on her London trip, and delivers the following unexpected shoe wisdom:

I also just realized these wedges (80% off, juuuuust sayin) are knockoffs of two pairs of Marnis combined which makes me feel like a hypocrite since I argue constantly with my friends about knockoffs/the integrity of the artist/designer prices. (I will maybe post a rant about such eventually.) I like to wear them when I listen to Janis Ian and read magazines. Luckily I bike more than I walk, and you can’t bike in heels, so I don’t wear these often enough to ruin my future of having non-deformed feet. My mom likes to scare me with google images.

Two observations:

  • Not everyone agrees that you can’t bike in heels.
  • I find it somehow gratifying that someone thirteen is listening to Janis Ian, inasmuch as I was listening to Janis Ian when I was thirteen. (“Society’s Child” was released in 1966, when Janis was thirteen, but did not chart until the summer of 1967.)

As for the shoes themselves: meh.


  1. Suzette »

    16 August 2009 · 8:11 am

    My heart started to beat faster when this title popped up in my feed reader. I didn’t think there was a soul alive who was left to understand the reference.

    I got the album containing that song for Xmas the year it came out and from that moment forward, Shady Acres was my mother’s trump card in any argument between us, as in “Oh, so you’re planning to send me to Shady Acres?” which didn’t even make sense. But it must have struck a powerful chord with her and it shut my teenage mouth right up, so I guess it had an impact on me, too. At the time, I would have proclaimed that those big earrings of hers on the cover would be the thing that made the most lasting impression on me.

  2. CGHill »

    16 August 2009 · 10:00 am

    That second Janis Ian album (For All the Seasons of Your Mind) was my last 8-track tape ever.

  3. hln »

    17 August 2009 · 8:39 pm

    You can’t bike in heels.

  4. Janet »

    19 August 2009 · 12:41 pm

    I biked in heels just yesterday…to a job interview! You most certainly CAN bike in heels!

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