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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