Saturday, March 3, 2012


DesidePrada (apologies to Max Shulmann/Desiderata)

Go fashionably amid the Fabco and Payless stores, and remember what peace there may be in Gucci. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all shoes. Wear your Prada's quietly and assuredly, and smile at others, even the scuffed and faux leathers, for they too have their price range. Avoid Skippy's and Earth shoes, as they are a vexation to style.

If you compare your shoes with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser shoes than your own. Enjoy your Manolo's as well as your running shoes. Keep interested in your own size, however huge; it is a real size and will not change in time.

Exercise caution with high heels, because the world is full of cracks in the pavement. But let not this blind you to what virtue there is in the loafer... many persons strive for high heels, and everywhere life is full of twisted ankles. Be a class act. Especially do not shop at K-Mart. Neither be cynical about bargains; for in the face of all designer knock-offs, the 'sale' is as perennial as the grass. Fend off the counsel of the years; get weekly pedicures, and surgery, if necessary.

Nurture strength in your arches, to shield you from sudden spur pain. But do not distress yourself with holes in your soles. Many shoes are ruined by pavement and the elements, so just buy a new pair. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with your feet. You are a woman in Valentino's, no less than the Armani's or the Chu's; you have style. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt your feet are attracting a lot of attention.

Therefore, be at peace with Fendi, whatever style you wear him in. And whatever your sandels and slingbacks in the varied confusion of fashion, keep Prada's in your closet. With all the mass market repros, it is still a beautiful world when you buy designer shoes. Be stylish.

Strive to be fashionable!

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