Archive for February 10th, 2009


Footcandy Cravings

mary-janeMonths of gloomy, wet skies have the glamour girls at yearning to buy a new pair of sky-high heels. Check it: Footcandy (with California locations in Brentwood, St Helena and Walnut Creek) is where good girls retreat in search of bad girls shoes: the kind of sweet confections that reveal a hint of toe cleavage, add amazing curves to the calf, or lace up the front of dainty feet. Adored by fashion editors, stylists and celebs, the boutiques adorn their display cases the way a tantalizing patisserie showcases croissants, cookies and cakes. The latest offerings are always showcased in the window, glimmering with proverbial frosting and sprinkles (think buttercream patent leather and gold buckle embellishments) by such designers as Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, René Caovilla, Bettye Muller, Manolo Blahnik, Marc Jacobs, Pucci, Hollywould and Sergio Rossi.


If Heaven Had a Staircase…These Are the Heels to Wear


If you’ve decided that this is the year to step things up and go the extra mile – on the heel quotient, of course – feast your eyes on these fashion-forward pair of lovelies from Alexander McQueen.

These oh-so-provocative stilettos are designed with contoured cutouts and a super-sculpted base. They’re an exotic twist on the standard peep-toe pumps of the season, and the neutral color makes it a must-have for the season’s bold and flashy ensembles.

You’ll be sitting pretty on 4 ½” heels (yes, almost 5”) and can wear these sweet feet treats with almost any Spring or summer outfit. The beige/cream color and pink sole can complement almost any outfit, and will also give the simplest ensemble an angelic touch.

Still, you may need to prepare those gams for the undertaking; you’ll need some calf power to stand up straight and trot along without further ado, so hitting the stairmaster a few days a week should get your legs in great shape.


Sweaty Shoes

It may seem odd to talk about the shoes I wear to practice barefoot, but when we are talking about hot yoga–specifically Baptiste Yoga in Cambridge, Mass–in the middle of winter, then it makes more sense.

First, there is the parking issue to contend with. Since Cambridge police are the most ticket happy people in the world during non-recessions, you can imagine how quickly an orange slip appears on a windshield during a recession. I once stood 10 feet from my car, quarter in hand and still could not get out of a Cambridge parking ticket. But I digress.

Even on days I do not want to walk the mile from my house (it gets cold in Bentown!) I park in a 2 hour parking zone about a quarter mile from the studio. Either way, that’s a whole lotta potential for ice slippage on the way in or out. So, shoes must have tread. They must also keep me warm on a long walk.

Baptiste Yoga is done in a 90 degree room. The word “sweaty” does nothing to describe the way a person leaves class. Dripping, drenched, soaked–these all much better words. It is a barefoot practice.

Oh, I know there have been a spate of yoga shoes recently made available. They look like sneakers, but have thin, flexible soles. The tops of the shoes are lightweight to allow air to circulate more freely, which is great–except for the fact that you will be laughed out of a Baptiste class if you try to wear shoes. Lululemon? Yes, please. Adidas sneakers? Not so much.

I need shoes I can wear without socks (that will not smell up my house afterwards), that look nice with yoga pants, that have tread for the ice I encounter and slip easily on in off to combat the crowded entrance and allow me to enter and exit more easily.

It is a tall order. But then I found these:


So long as my toes are well-pedicured, I am good to go in these babies. Of course, I will wonder why between the $14 classes, $40 yoga mat, $100 yoga pants, $50 yoga towel and $90 shoes, it costs me more to do yoga than to ski, I am still (mostly) happy, content and peaceful.
Namaste, indeed.

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