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LeslieWhat
Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 12:07 pm:   

Here's a picture of the shoes I wore to Kansas. I want my friends to understand why it was important for me to fly to a place where I could wear a new outfit, despite a herniated disk and lots of pain. I want you to understand that I am not insane, just shallow.

http://www.sff.net/people/leslie.what/kansasshoes.jpg

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Richard Parks
Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 09:40 am:   

They're very nice shoes, Leslie. I think. Sigh. As a guy I don't fully "get" shoes. Up until recently I only owned three pair, total. Now I'm up to five and feel quite abundant. My wife just laughs at me.
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 12:48 pm:   

Those look, well, I hate to say it but...a bit normal, don't they? No bright crazy colors, no smiley faces, no musical notes...

Leslie, are you sure the pain didn't go to your fashion sense? Normal shoes just look weird on your feet. :-)
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 08:18 pm:   

Me, too normal? I've wanted that all my life. I still love my shoes and have planned my outfit for the next time I get to wear them (Willamette Writers Conference--I'm teaching two classes and can wear two outfits).


I was tempted to post uptopic in JvP thread about conventions that if you have good shoes or a Latex spotted chicken necklace with bouncing chicken feet, people will just talk to you at conventions even before you've published.

Jason, I read your journal and look forward to the chapbook info entry.

Richard, what's your shoe size?
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Ellen
Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 09:18 pm:   

Hey Leslie,
Nice looking shoes!!
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 08:39 am:   

I know that being proud of my shoes (or even my dog) is silly but Thank You! I already broadcast a commentary on shoes and my editor (he's a guy) won't let me write a new one each time I get a new pair, so I need a new topic by Monday.

Some time ago, my feet were banned on ebay when I modeled a pair of vintage shoes for sale and someone complained that the photograph was too explicit and the auction should be moved to the mature audiences category (with the porn).

http://www.sff.net/people/leslie.what/bannedfeet.jpg

An earlier shoe obsession is chronicaled at:

http://www.sff.net/people/leslie.what/shoestory.html
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Richard Parks
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 01:35 pm:   

Ummm...12. Though I hesitate to ask why you want to know that. ;)
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Maureen McHugh
Posted on Saturday, July 26, 2003 - 09:45 am:   

Richard, if she has your address, I'd watch my mail very carefully.
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Saturday, July 26, 2003 - 05:12 pm:   

Maureen, funny you should mention that...

Richard, I can't promise anything but you'd be surprised how often I run across interesting shoes in sizes that aren't in competition with mine.
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Richard Parks
Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2003 - 06:03 am:   

No I wouldn't.

Well, maybe a little.
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steve de red
Posted on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 06:34 am:   

Oh, double gosh! I just shoe-ed. In first pic, those feet have definitely croaked, in the second they ar e more than obscene, and in the third the tension and the terror built up to explode in an orgasm of fear as the owners of the shoes were revealed!! That'll teach me to occasionally go board-hopping.
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 09:20 am:   

Shoe porn can do that to a person.

I have planned my outfits and polished my shoes for the Willamette Writer's Conference, where I'm teaching classes in Writing the Supernatural Story and Turning Life into Fiction (wherein I lead an exercise threatening to make students bark like dogs).

Saturday, I wear the Fluevog heels and complementary silk shift from Kansas. Sunday I wear my Tomato Soup can Icons, the spotted chicken necklace, a black leather skirt and white button down shirt. Friday is a driving day and I haven't decided how I want to appear. Something that won't call too much attention when I pull over to the rest stops.

P.S. -- I'm feeling better.
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Stunned steve red
Posted on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 07:04 am:   

Good lord! I have a couple of pairs of trousers, and about ten t-shirts, which I only change as weight of accumulated sweat puts strain on my lumbar region. Do people really exist who plan what to wear tomorrow? This is amazing. I think I shall study you when I have more time.... I shall become the world's first cyber-sartor-stalker!!
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 05:41 pm:   

Yes, we exist. Being shallow is the only way to cope with the horrors of reality.
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m. bishop
Posted on Wednesday, August 06, 2003 - 05:58 am:   

I expected any shoes that one absolutely had to wear to Kansas to be red Dorothy Gale-style slippers, but I guess those are what Leslie would wear to get back home from Oz. Anyway, I really like those psychedelic tennis shoes.
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Wednesday, August 06, 2003 - 08:29 am:   

Going to Kansas was indeed some strange quest. Unfortunately, rhinestone ruby is not my color.

Damon Knight was a fashion doubter and once told me he thought all of women's shoes were designed to obscure the fact that they looked like little boats.

Okay. Who else owns more than one pair of tap shoes?
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Maureen McHugh
Posted on Wednesday, August 06, 2003 - 09:22 am:   

No tap shoes. I own a pair of toe shoes (Capezio Olympias, size 4 1/2, B shank for anyone who has any interest in ballet shoe neep.) (Ballet shoes fit so close that women usually wear ballet shoes two sizes smaller than their street shoes.)

I think someone ought to design a line of boat shoes. Clipper shoes with sails, shoes with little oars strapped to the sides, steamboat shoes with tiny paddle wheels on the outside...
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red steve
Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 04:46 am:   

Gulp...
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 08:25 am:   

I have never stood on toe but always wanted to.

I think Bob should switch to shoe design and we should talk Terry Gilliam into bankrolling the biz.
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Maureen McHugh
Posted on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 07:00 am:   

Bob should never do fashion. I'm sorry, everyone has their abilities, and in boys toys, the man has no equal, but shoes <shudder> no.

I think, Leslie, that you should design shoes.

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