June 4, 2010
The results are in, the judges have deliberated, and Seven Stories Press is pleased at last to announce the winners of the BADDEST SHOES CONTEST, celebrating the publication of Leora Tanenbaum’s new book Bad Shoes and the Women Who Love Them. The winners: Maryland’s own An Nguyen, and the power-packed Jyl Riendeau from Los Angeles, CA!
Here’s An Nguyen’s winning entry:
JUDGES: The color is arresting and the cut-outs are gorgeous. But is this shoe a stiletto or a wedge? It can’t decide. This shoe has a bad case of schizophrenia. If nothing else, it certainly makes you look twice — and pray that the wearer doesn’t have to walk very far.
And close behind, Jyl Riendeau:
JUDGES: From the front, this shoe looks soft and sweet. But from the side, the exaggerated platform and baroque heel lend a funky vibe—as well as a clue that this shoe is dangerous. It is not meant for walking on uneven surfaces because it is unstable. Let us hope that the wearer is not.
Ms. Nguyen and Ms. Riendeau will each receive not only a signed copy of Bad Shoes and the Women Who Love Them, but also a free pair of distinctly NOT bad shoes from either Thierry Rabotin or NAOT. Thanks to both of them, to our co-sponsor Tip Top Shoes, to our judges Johanna Youner and Desiree Stimpert, to Leora Tanenbaum, and to everyone who participated!