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A Date with Shoes

Every time I wear a new pair of shoes, my mother asks (exasperated and rhetorical), “How many pairs of shoes do you own, anyway?” As if I’m the Imelda Marcos of Asheville, N.C., my 800 square-foot bungalow overrun with ballet flats, gladiators, sling backs and ankle boots. Though I always give the same answer (“Oh, maybe 20 pairs” – a bold-faced lie) I find myself thinking, “Not enough!”

365 Days of Shoes

365 Days of Shoes

However, most of us do have limits, whether it’s closet space or budget. That’s where calendars can help. No, not as a way of mapping out when to purchase the next pair of stilettos, but as a two-dimensional means of collecting more shoes, glorious shoes. Take the 365 Day of Shoes calendar. For about $13 you get to ogle a new pair of shoes every day of the year. That’s way better than a new Far Side joke each day, right? And the 2010 installation, which takes its inspiration from author Linda O’Keeffe’s 1996 Shoes, features a Manolo Blahnik pump on the cover. Yummy.

Andy Warhol the Taming of the Shoe

Andy Warhol the Taming of the Shoe

Recently, About.com writer Desiree Stimpert blogged about the top shoe-themed calendars for 2010. Among her picks: Andy Warhol the Taming of the Shoe, a 16-month calendar featuring the elegantly arched, stylized drawings from early in the career of pop artist Warhol. (For those who thought Warhol’s claim to fame was just a lot of soup can screen prints, the iconic creator actually studied commercial art at the School of Fine Arts at Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh and got his start during the 1950s in magazine illustration.)

Shoe Fleur

Shoe Fleur

Equally arty, the 2010 wall calendar Shoe Fleur (a word play on the French term chou fleur) features whimsical botanically-inspired images by Michel Tcherevkoff. Stilettos, sandals and platforms are transformed into artichokes, irises and even a preying mantis. It also comes in pocket-planner size.

High Style Unforgettable Heels

High Style Unforgettable Heels

Sticking with the art theme, High Style: Unforgettable Heels features five sassy shoe images for each of the 12 months, and culls its picks from the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. These are wild and whimsical sculptural styles, all bright and shiny and drool-worthy.

Shoes wall calendar

Shoes wall calendar

Inspired by Baroque and Rococo paintings, London-based shoe designer Basia Zarzycka set about creating her collection. Fit for the likes of a modern-day Marie Antoinette, the ornate offerings also make for mighty fine décor. The dozen styles on display in this calendar, entitled, simply, Shoes include a pair of winged sandals, purple fur booties and ultra-stylized Western boots.

Just the Right Shoe

Just the Right Shoe

Finally, one solution for the shoe-lover who lacks storage space: Miniatures. At least that’s how artist Lorraine Vail went about it. Her exquisitely-detailed sculpted collectibles (each complete with its own name) are rendered in miniature, and then captured in this 2010 desk diary, Just the Right Shoe.

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