Posts tagged “bad shoes”
February 9, 2011Leora Tanenbaum, author of Bad Shoes and the Women Who Love Them, interviewed at The Today Show.
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.
May 19, 2010Growing up in a home where my mother covered the floor of her closet with pumps, sandals, flats, and more shoes than Imelda Marcos could shake a foot at, it’s no wonder that at 25 my shoe collection is nothing to play with. Being that my closet is filled with heels ranging from 3 ½”- 5”, I was quite skeptical when I began reading Bad Shoes and the Women Who Love Them by Leora Tanenbaum. While I do not plan on trading in my Calvin Klein platforms for a pair of Aerosoles, I have been convinced to be a bit more practical when deciding which shoes to wear to work versus the ones to wear on date nights. Leora Tanenbaum is no stranger to shining a light on some of the everyday issues that plague women in this seemingly modern age, her first three books dealt with slut-bashing, cat-fighting, and women reclaiming God. As a feminist writer, it seemed only natural for her to tackle to phenomenon of perfectly sensible women wearing shoes that are unhealthy in the name of fashion and feeling feminine. In the attempt to issue a much needed wake up call to the stilettoed masses, Tanenbaum enlists a bevy of experts on feet, fashion, and the Carrie Bradshaw wannabes who walk Manhattan in Louboutins to the detriment of their bodies. ... Overall the book is not a call for us to burn our heels but for us to become more informed consumers. —M.I.S.S. at Juxtapoz
May 11, 2010After undergoing a surgery brought on by a fondness for cutely covered feet, feminist fashionista Leora Tanenbaum knew she had to change her bad shoe-wearing ways. Illustrated by Vanessa Davis, Tanenbaum’s Bad Shoes explains why women need to start putting their heads over their heels by learning the art of moderation. From the Venus Zine review of Bad Shoes and the Women Who Love Them
May 5, 2010... What surprised you the most as you were writing and researching this book in particular? As I was speaking with women for my research, I would educate them and say, 'Guess what? If you wear a high-heeled shoe on a regular basis, over and over and over again, you're going to change the shape of your feet and be likely to have serious foot pain later. ' And occasionally women would say, 'Oh, I don't care, it's worth it. When it happens, I'll just have the surgery.' There was one woman in New York City whom I interviewed who told me that she wore these heels that weren't even that high but they were too narrow and too tight so she literally had to take them off and she didn't have money to take a cab home. She had to walk around the city barefoot. And I said, 'Oh, that's awful. So now you've learned a lesson, right? Next time, if you wear those shoes, you'll carry a second pair of comfortable shoes to change into.' She looked as me as though I was crazy. It was as though she felt, I must wear these shoes, even if it is unhealthy, because I look great. If you stand back and examine this, it's oppressive. She's a savvy, sophisticated woman but in her mind, she must wear a certain shoe in order to look attractive. — Lemondrop interview with Leora Tanenbaum