But then - then, the whole "being in the country" thing sets in. First, it's boot-cut jeans to the doctor's office. Then, leggings (leggings!) to the store. I'm not saying I can't carry them off, of course, but before you know it, the roots are two inches long, and I can't remember the last time I wore a cool pair of heels.
And shoes are Art, y'all. One should never lose one's taste for adorable shoes, no matter what one's taste (flats, platforms, wedges, even sneakers). Shoes are a statement, even when that statement is "I got these for $5 to wear while putting up my tent at Pennsic, but they're super-comfortable, so now I keep them by the door for whenever I need to dash outside. Cool, huh?". In that spirit, when I saw these little darlings, I went right ahead and ordered a pair.
I'm always in need of cool shoes to go with my vintage clothes that aren't actually vintage, and therefore incredibly delicate. That's what I tell myself, anyway. The truth is, shoes are a deep love of mine, along with anything 1940-50s retro/vintage, and that's enough. For me (I know, I'm weird), shoes really are an art form, not just a funny joke to tell when I'm justifying yet another pair of Steve Madden 3" Mary Janes. Shoes will always fit me, no matter my hip size. I am lucky enough to be able to wear heels (and I know I'm lucky!), so I do so.
All this is a long roundabout way of saying I'm traveling up to Winterthur next week with a bunch of friends, and I'm packing heels. I know which ones I can wear for a museum tour - hell, I know which pair I can wear for an unexpected walk around the entire historical district of Philadelphia.* I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I grew up thinking I wasn't beautiful, so being impeccably dressed had to suffice. Now I'm older and wiser, and I've realized I just really, really love cute clothes.
I'm looking forward to seeing the Plimoth Jacket in its case - I haven't seen it since the "unveiling" reception at Plimoth.
*When my brother said "lunch", I dressed accordingly. I should know better.