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OK, But Skipped A Lot
on September 17, 2013
The first parts were interesting, more intersting than I thought. Author hit on some ideas about 1950s stilettos that I had not thought of. Once the book went into the 70s and later, tone changed. The entire decade of the 80s, at least the chapter on it, was dull. When I was in high school and college in the 80s, the big shoes for youth anyway were Bass pennyloafers, "boat shoes" usually worn without socks, generic gym shoes, and if you were a cheerleader or a drill team member, we would wear those saddles with our jeans. Working women wore more conservative heels or colored Reebok hitops on weekends. No mention of these shoes. Instead we read and read and read about Blahniks. Let me say this, if you couldn't care less about Sex and the City, the chapter is useless. Actually I went through 3-4 pages on my Kindle several times without seeing a mention of shoes. The 1980s were more than Converse and checkerboard Vans. I managed to get through that decade without owning either one! No mention of boots in the 70s either. Yes, we've seen the Courreges style go-go boots on the Shindig dancers, but as I recall, you HAD to have suede boots in the 70s to go with your gauchos and suede trench, as well as a pair of painful cowboy boots later in the decade.
Perhaps it's not possible to write about every shoe style, but I was struck at someone discussing the 1980s and skipping the Bass obsession.