Shoes are a very personal thing. Yesterday I spent nearly half an hour in a John Fluevog shop agonising over a pair of utterly, utterly beautiful ones. If they’d had them in my size in the black and pink, they’d have been coming home with me. Sadly, rust and mint just aren’t my colours, so it’s either live without or pay some awful shipping costs…
Beautiful, aren’t they?
However, I digress. This is supposed to be about my friend Johanna, who is Swedish, but lives in San Francisco and let me stay with her. One of Johanna’s special talents (along with being utterly lovely, an astoundingly good networker, a fine salsa dancer and both positive and enthusiastic all the time), is that she can look at any woman and identify if she wears a plus size shoe.
This may not seem much of a talent, but when you’re promoting a line of shoes like LLXLLQ, it’s a great grassroots way of getting the message out. The brand creates stunning shoes for women with larger shoe sizes – and, for once, their beautiful styles aren’t available for people like me with ‘average’ sizes. So they’re the kind of unique shoes that, in my experience, make women really, really happy (see shoes above for an example!). I really loved some ballet flats with the newsprint pattern, but no, I can’t have them!
So, I was off on my travels up the West Coast, and I wanted to give Johanna an unusual gift (she’s that kind of person!) to say thank you for being an amazing host. So I thought about shoes, and the Cinderella theme of the one year anniversary exhibition LLXLLQ are having at Dolce Amore in San Francisco and created this short story for Johanna and her love of stunning shoes:
I’ve not let a story out in the wild for a long time – hope you enjoy it!