I'll Wear Any Color As Long As It's Black

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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on October 21, 2009


These Sam Edelman Balenciaga knockoffs are finally mine! When I arrived at Beacon’s on Saturday, my old roommate (and former co-worker) Sara G told me she had some “cool shoes” that were too big for her. When she busted these babies out I freaked! They’re in amazing condition — look barely worn at all even though they’re missing the harness (not too upset about that though — I don’t think I would have worn it that much — plus I recently acquired a crazy set of chain/stud bootstraps I can use if I feel like it). The best part about all of this is that these were under $50! I have seen them go on Ebay for well over $300 and I know that the reissues go for about the same.

While I was trying these on and thinking about how crazy high they are and how dangerous that is, but how much I really love it — I started trying to figure out why it is that I love it. After those insane Alexander McQueen shoes came out, The Times and The Cut had articles about why women like to wear crazy shoes. Some of the reasons they came up with make sense to me but after much delving into the inner recesses of my mind, I realized why I absolutely love to wear crazy/weird/uncomfortable/interesting shoes — it’s because they’re crazy/weird/uncomfortable/interesting. Because if everyone could wear them, they would, but not everyone has the ability/energy/stamina/pain threshold to take it. It’s like tattoos — they hurt and they’re forever so a lot of people shy away from them. I wouldn’t necessarily say that I wear cool shoes or get tattoos to “set myself apart” from the crowd (because neither thing is that unique) but it’s more committing to the type of person I see myself as — and committing to that on a daily basis, every day, for the rest of my life. Not just on weekends or nights off. Today, for instance, I am wearing platform stilleto boots that make the simple act of walking half a mile to work feel like using a stairmaster for five hours, but — as I have shown repeatedly for as long as I can remember — that is a price I have no problem paying.

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  1. amanda said, on October 21, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    well said. if you like the way something looks enough, you will put up w/ the consquences of wearing it. those boots rule- i like them minus the harness…

  2. Jeralyn said, on October 22, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    I haven’t worn them out yet but I am dying to… though I tried them on in my apartment, which is in the basement, and I was almost too tall to walk around in there!

  3. melissa said, on October 25, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    at least i’m not the only one who lives in the basement…or as i like to call it ‘the dungeon’.

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