Perfect weather a couple of weekends ago to take my new shoes for a stomp around the city. We stopped by the North End park for some shameless photo shooting before stocking up on baked delights at Bova’s (while Gregor drooled over Monica’s Salumeria next door).
The new shoes in question? Unif Hellbounds. Who knew footwear could be so polarizing. Half the people we encountered on our wanderings offered friendly smiles and compliments. The other half stared like I was some sort of streetwalker. (The fact that my dress was continually creeping upwards probably did not help this – first time I wore it without leggings or tights. I adopted a pattern of step-step-pull, step-step-other-side, to keep things decent as we walked.)
Even among my friends, reactions to the shoes are divided. One was particularly appalled to see me partaking in this hideous trend. My defense? A taller girl could not understand the subtle undertones of having everyone literally looking down at you at all times. I put on these shoes and I command attention. I don’t care if they are trendy, I don’t care if they are ugly – well, fashion ugly, not ugly ugly – and more power to the short girls who want to rock flats. I will continue to embrace any shoe that makes me tall enough to see over the pastry counter, and these Hellbounds are just my latest in a line of loves.
Unrelated note: This leather-trimmed vest was a serious score from eBay. I love the shape, and the leather is super soft; however, I suspect I know why the seller was letting it go. It has a tendency to leave black dye stains on any skin it touches. I’ve tried different leather seal and protector sprays, but to no avail. Know of any tips to prevent this?