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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My looooongawaited post on wedge sneakers is finally live on the Huffington Post’s Stylelist site.


I started working on this in May! But, as often happens when I hold on to a post for a long time, I got to add some good information to it. During the Spice Girls performance at the closing ceremonies of the Olympics on Sunday, I was fixated on the mirror-like silver wedge sneakers worn by Mel C (aka Sporty Spice). I have a passion for silver shoes.

Mel C at the Olympic closing ceremonies. Click for photo source.

When I searched the Interweb to find out who made the sneakers, I couldn’t find any information on them — only that Sporty’s white outfit had come from JD Sports. I sent an email to Mel C’s people through her website and was told the sneakers were from Giuseppe Zanotti.

WANT! Click to purchase at Giuseppe Zanotti’s website.

As a bonus, I was told the catsuit Mel was wearing was tailor-made by Nafisa Tosh and had nothing to do with JD Sports at all. OH EM GEE! BREAKING FASHION NEWS! Mel’s spokesperson wrote, “I’m very glad you have made the effort to contact us and check information! Seems most of the press repeat errors from other publications.” Oops! I have certainly been guilty of that. Point taken.

I had another amusing moment yesterday, during a phone interview with Siobhan Bonnouvrier, the fashion director of Allure magazine. I asked her if everyone could do the wedge sneaker trend, and she mused that maybe a woman in her 40s wouldn’t want to jump into it. I thought, “Yeah, of course, that makes sense,” before remembering that I’m a woman in her 40s with wedge sneakers.

Me and my sneakers with clothing designer Stacy Lomman in June. Click for original post.

That happens to me whenever someone uses the phrase “woman in her 40s.” What can I say? I’m young at heart. And here’s what Coco Couture, whose photo is in the Huffington Post piece, had to say about wedge sneakers on her blog:

“At first I wondered if I was too old for such ‘trendy’ footwear that my Tween girl pronounced is  ‘for boys’. But then I thought at 45, I’m old enough to not give a damn!”

That age-appropriate style ultimately depends on the individual would be the main point I’m trying to make here, as Seamus from Family Guy might say.

Seamus. Click for more information.

Seeing as I’m still getting pictures from wimmins of all ages rocking their wedge sneakers, I’d love to do a follow-up wedge sneaker post on this blog. Send your outfit photos to me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com like Wendy (good name!) of Thank Fifi did.

Wendy of Thank Fifi. Click to go to her blog.

I like the way she added some edginess to that dress with her wedge sneakers from River Island. For more styling ideas, check out the bloggers who participated in the slideshow at the end of the Huffington Post story. Don’t forget to leave those gals a nice comment!

You can check out all my Huffington Post stories here. (Including today’s, I’ve done 18 posts since last year.) If you look at my blogger slideshows, you’ll see I love to show a diverse group. Age, weight, height, ethnicity, personal style — whatever else you can think of — it’s all fine with me.  All I care about is a decent photo that illustrates a particular trend. Keep an eye on my Twitter feed and this blog in order to know when I’m looking for participants in a story. Tell your friends too! I’m always looking for new peeps.

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13 Responses to “Bloggers on Huffington Post; the Truth About Sporty Spice”

  1. one wonders if she’s ever noticed Carine Roitfeld, a woman barely still in her late fifties ..

    let alone women in their forties.


    exiting right, mumbling bad words softly

    • WendyB says:

      Well, it IS the conventional wisdom … I didn’t blame her, really. It’s a good reminder that it’s all about someone’s personal style.

  2. I neeeeeed some wedge sneakers.
    The silver ones are fantastic!


    P.S. You are probably right about the mustard/saffron thing… I am a slave to my silly alliterations sometimes 😉

  3. sulky kitten says:

    Love the silver wedge sneakers too. Mel C is the only Spice girl I like.

  4. drollgirl says:

    i am just laughing at the phrase “as a woman in her 40’s”. i am in that boat, too.

    as far as wedge sneakers go, and i can’t do them. no way. some of them are kind of cute, but i just can’t do it. but to each his/her own!

    p.s. i love fifi wendy’s dress SO MUCH!!!! AND HER DOG IS SO CUTE!!!!

    • WendyB says:

      What decided me was that I saw plenty of women my age and older walking around in frumpy-looking gym shoes. I only wear exercise stuff to the gym — can’t stand it for when I’m “dressed.” So I figured if a sneaker is going to come into play at all, I’d much rather it be a “fashion” sneaker!

  5. Thanks for writing about this, Wendy! I’m about to turn 41 and not much for trends, so I’m still unsure how I ended up with two pairs of wedge sneakers this spring. Their being on clearance / thrifted probably had a lot to do with it.

    I am a new blogger of frightful and brutal newness and haven’t yet done outfit posts with either pair, but will slide some photos over to you.

  6. brett says:

    it really is a fine line for us over 40 girls
    are we dressing too young, too old
    meo mio what are us poor girls to do???

  7. Now I want wedge sneakers too!!! I was thinking black, but hey, silver goes with everything…..

  8. Couture Coco says:

    Thank you so much for including me! I’m very honoured. It’s just fantastic to be able to make such connections over a pair of sneakers 🙂 Love the blogger world family!