Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I’ve been looking for a pair of high-wedge sneakers for years. I tried on these sunny See by Chloe sneakers in 2009, but they didn’t fit.
In 2010, I pondered this pair by Ash Shoes, but I wasn’t sure I loved them as much as the Chloes.
I wound up with a pair of silver-sequin, flat-soled sneakers instead.
Then, last year, I used a gift certificate to get a pair of flat-soled Prada sneakers that went through hell at Lollapalooza.
But I really don’t feel my best in flats, so I took notice when Beyonce and Alicia Keys were photographed wearing Isabel Marant wedge sneakers last year.
Those particular shoes didn’t appeal to me because they look too much like gym shoes, but they did make me think, “Maybe wedge sneakers are about to have a moment.” When celebrity manicurist Tracylee Percival raved to me about her wedge Bowie sneakers by Ash, I realized it was time to resume my hunt.
When I went online to look at Ash’s designs, the style that really spoke to me was, hilariously, the one I passed up in 2010. As I always say, “Never is the next new thing™.”
Mike Webb, the director of public relations at MrB’s organization, ProPublica, plays guitar and bass for Transplendent. We enjoyed the band’s cover of “Sabotage,” which was dedicated to the late Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. Here’s 50 seconds of that. Mike is the dude in the white shirt.
I missed the beginning of the song because I was slow to get the camera working. Then I had to cut off the end because some hipster douche started talking REALLY LOUDLY about how he couldn’t bear to listen to the Beasties since Yauch’s death earlier this month until yesterday, man, YESTERDAY. Williamsburg is known for its hipster population, but I thought people exaggerated that reputation for comic effect. I stand corrected. Nerd glasses were everywhere and Pabst Blue Ribbon, the hipster beer of choice, was being served.
As we were leaving, a guy riding a bike stopped to look me up and down and exclaim about my outfit, “That looks expensive!” It was good to know that there are places where I can be super fancy even when I’m wearing jeans that have only been washed four times since I got them in 2008 (I like to think the dirt gets bored and walks off on its own). We paused so MrB could take a picture of Stacy and me looking ritzy.
Now, at last, it’s time for the casting call mentioned in my headline. I want to do a wedge-sneaker slideshow, so if you’re a fashion blogger with a pair, send a photo of yourself wearing them to me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com. I only need five more blogger photos, so make haste!
UPDATED TO ADD: What timing! I awoke to find a story in WWD headlined “Happy Feet,” about the high-top sneaker trend, whether wedge or flat. Pictured are Isabel Marant sneakers, of course. There are also examples from Alejandro Ingelmo, Barbara Bui and Pierre Hardy. I scanned the Y-3 and Ruthie Davis designs for your viewing pleasure.
Alejandro Ingelmo says he started doing sneakers in 2007 but that interest has picked up over the last season. Holli Rogers, fashion director of Net-a-porter.com, is quoted as saying, “The high-top trend has been bubbling up for some time, and, as trends go, it usually takes a few seasons for them to take hold.” That also fits in with my “Never is the next new thing™” theory. Styles don’t emerge overnight and they don’t go away overnight either, though it sometimes seems that way to people who are in the fashion industry. People often ask me, “Is it too late to get X, Y, or Z?” No, it’s never too late. Whenever you decide you love it — that’s the perfect time.