Posts Tagged ‘Cole Haan


A Mule by Any Other Name

There’s something to be said for not committing. Especially when it’s above 80 degrees in New York and still April. For me, keeping a handle on weather reality means abstaining from sandals just a little longer. It’s too soon to tease myself with a premature open-toe outing. Of course April or not, it is warm.
The solution appeared on the feet of a very stylish, tall stranger I spotted strolling in Brooklyn. She was sporting a thin pullover with slim, cutoff black jean shorts and sleek, black mules.
Mules, or clogs?
you might be wondering. My research tells me that mules usually have a pointed toe and no back, while clogs get a chunky toe and can be open-backed or have a low back. Either way, not a sandal, but still less shoe than a sneaker or pump. Best of all, they’re easily slipped off in the grass. Since it’s already late in the season, eBay is calling my name with quite a few discount options.
The Cole Haan Kenna from ShoeMetro has a wooden heel, hot studs and a nude tan upper that will make any shorts-clad legs look sky-high.cole060508_120434main

Vintage Bastad clogs will never go out of style, especially with weaved leather uppers to keep you cool.a19e_1

Antique brass hardware gives these new Charles David clogs from FashionAveMart a distinctly vintage feel.214773225_tp

Or for an easy eBay buy, head to the boutique Grapevinehill and check out the huge selection of luscious mules handcrafted by legendary Lucchese Boot Co. Here are a few of my faves (click a photo to link to an auction).




Giving in to the Oxford

There are a few trends⎯leather motorcycle jackets, fringed moccasin boots, even cropped leggings⎯that I have resisted out of a sort of pigheaded pride.

It’s not that I think I’m above these pieces. It’s that when I first saw them, I gave them a season, maybe. I waited for them to pass. And like my attempts to take the bus rather than walk home on a rainy day, I’m left waiting but can’t budge because the longer I stand still, the more I have invested in the bus actually coming. Or in this case, the fashion don’t articles being written. Right?

Out of my many shortsighted restrictions, flat oxford shoes have been the hardest to resist. So when I opened May’s Marie Claire to see an adorable Rachel McAdams shot in even more adorable Christian Louboutin oxfords, I knew it was over. I’ve come crawling back to the oxford, tail between my legs, in the rain.

Photo via Just Jared:

See the whole series at Just Jared:

It wasn’t your fault, oxford, that a buyer at Urban Outfitters spotted you before I did. I shouldn’t have judged you so harshly. I should have believed in you. Now, with a degree of sureness that you’ll last another full season, I’d like to purchase you. Just not at full price.

I’m sheepishly headed to eBay store ShoeMetro for black Steve Maddens,stev101308_064154main

or Whochee Vintage for Kenneth Coles,249927382_tpor MrHaney4 for classic Cole Haans,0327_6_264

or Historic Images for crisp ivory Rockports.f021509t


A Wrinkle In Time

It came suddenly, one day as I was washing dishes in my kitchen. A slight ache hitting in the middle of my back, dull and persistent. I passed it off as a workout injury and forgot about it. Until a few weeks later, when I am sitting at my desk, typing at my computer. And I can’t. Get. Comfortable. I rearrange my laptop. I adjust my posture. I throw a few pillows behind my chair. But the ache is not going away. “But what?” I think to myself. “I’m just…sitting here, not doing anything. How could that be painful??” And then it hits me. This is how getting old starts. An ache here, a pain there, and then you wake up one morning and find your left kidney has run off with your meniscus in the middle of the night and you will just have to make due for the rest of your life. I can’t wait.

OK, I exaggerate a little. I am still in my twenties, some good years away from 30. I have yet to find a gray hair and my joints are still in good working order. And yet I find myself drawn to a recent Wall Street Journal article about finding comfort in a high heel. Will today’s irresponsible 4-inch heel thrill be tomorrow’s knee problem? Should I just throw in the towel, buy a pair of beige, school-marm Naturalizers and call it a day?

Surely there must be another option. And I’m hoping it looks something like this. Sassy enough to mingle with the other stilettos in my closet, and yet lying beneath, a whole web of Nike Air technology to gently buoy me through the day. Here is a shoe a physical therapist can love. In the meantime, just keep me away from the early bird specials.

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April 2020