uring my workday last week, my boss sent me a link to some of the latest music headlines from Rolling Stone magazine. And in the wraparound banner ad for the stories, the new Linda Perry reality TV series, Make or Break was being touted. Who's Linda Perry? Here's a blurb from the VH-1 page about her new show:
Millions of people watch shows like "American Idol" and "The Voice" and think they know how the music industry works. But discovering talent is only a fraction of the work. The real challenge is taking that talent and molding it into something special. Linda Perry has spent the last decade doing just that. She has written some of the biggest hits for some of the biggest artists of the last ten years. As a songwriter and producer she has guided the careers of many of today's hottest artists including Christina Aguilera, Pink, Linda Perry got her start as the lead singer and songwriter of the nineties rock band 4 Non Blondes. But she quickly realized that her true talent and passion was in the studio, helping young artists reach their full potential.
Sounds like MTV meets The Apprentice. And fan of glorious music that I am, I wish her and her proteges well. May the most unique artistic vision win!
But I'm also a serious shoe addict, and when I saw Ms. Perry posed in the photographs wearing what I've come to learn are her signature platform boots, I had to fire up my favorite search engine and investigate further.
Which naturally led to more images of this singular artist in chunky soled, chunky heeled footwear. And one or two images of her in shoes that were decidedly clog-like from what I could see peeping out from below her long, long pant legs. Thick slab of sole? Check! Rounded toe? Check! Studs on display? Check! (Love it, Linda! YESSSSSS!)
Sara Gilbert and current flame Linda Perry spotted on an outing courtesy of MailOnline.co.uk.
Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry spotted during another outing courtesy of MailOnline.co.uk.
Sidebar: Hey, what's the deal with Sara Gilbert posing with famous women in clogs?
This streetstyle discovery was playing out in my world soon after stumbling upon the work of high-end steampunk fashion line Hades Footwear. One product photo is worth a thousand words so I'll let you compose a small novella in your own mind by following the link to their website. But for me their designs were love at first sight. And yes, I recognized that it could be just a fleeting fancy so I didn't pounce immediately. In fact, I did my due diligence and researched such important topics such as actual fit and return policies. I even spent some time mulling over what outfits I might honestly be able to pair a Hades purchase up with. (Gone are the days of collecting for display. I've only got time and money for shoes that are going to get some mileage put on them.) So after browsing and drooling over various offerings on the Hades website, I decided that I'd get the most shoe bang for my buck if I went with their Griffin bootie.
But shoes cost money, and I wasn't quite prepared to part with mine. Until I saw Linda Perry working her plats. The tabloids in the U. K. so love to invade a celebrities public moments to bring you photo after photo after photo of popular personages just trying to do something normal with a minimum of fuss. And I confess I do feel a bit guilty eyeing the images. But when I saw the shoes on Ms. Perry's feet, I said, "Whoa!" And, "Hey!" And, "Yes, please!"
Here's what appears to be a shot of the same style from a different angle.
It's pictures like these that'll give you a good idea why when I had some down time last week, I pulled the trigger and had a pair of Griffins sent winging their way to my lobby.
(And may I take just a moment to recommend the retailers at Viomart.com if anything in the Hades line catches your eye. I found their attentive and supportive customer service staff to be astounding! Well-infomed, eager-to-please, and more prompt with their replies than I've ever experienced anywhere online.)
This past Saturday, they arrived. And in a rare display of footwear passion, I changed out of what I was wearing in order to put on an outfit they'd work well with. Then I wore another outfit that worked with them on Sunday. And then Monday, I've got plans to pair them up with still another outfit for my first workday of the week. And I might even wear them Tuesday, too.
Well, if you know anything about me at all, you should know that when I like a pair of shoes, I like them!
Just for the record, the size 11 fits my 11" foot just fine. I was fully expecting I'd have to send them back for being snug (based on the research I'd done). But occasionally the measurements provided are not the whole story, and you just have to cross your fingers and be prepared to pay the return shipment fee. I'd say my success rate has been about 50/50 with shoes that looked like they might fit. Sure I was disappointed when they didn't. And yes, it was a hassle to have to box 'em up and send 'em back. But for every miss, I can think of a major hit—some shoe that became an instant fave. And it wouldn't have happened if I hadn't taken the chance.
Wow! What a metaphor for life!