In honor of my summer on crutches – and my fractured ankle and torn foot – I thought today’s blog should be about . . .  SHOES!


“It’s not so much about the shoes, but the person wearing them.”                                                     Adriana Trigiani – Viola in Reel Life

 Queen Marie Antoinette owned over 500 pairs of shoes. Catalogued by color and style, they were custom made – expensive – and became a symbol of her extravagant lifestyle and cause for public loathing.

Madame Deficit, as she was nicknamed, wore shoes made for specifically for the right and left feet. Made of the finest colored cloths, silks and leather, they had high, curves heels and decorated with buckles, ribbons, and bows.

Manolo Blahnik recreated her shoes for the Sophia Coppola movie, “Marie-Antoinette”.  He described them as “a fantasy – a collection of candy-colored heels embellished with ribbon and buttons and beads.”  

When the royal family fled the sans-culottes marching on chateau of the Tuileries, Marie-Antoinette had a Cinderella moment, losing a satin slipper trimmed with ruched ribbon. Ironically, this event foreshadowed what was to come.

Walking to Mme. Guillotine and her imminent death, Marie-Antoinette famously stepped on the toes of her executioner with a high-heeled purple mule.

As the saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”  Perhaps it best to reserve judgment for their shoes!

By the way, I’m attired in a fashionable, large, black, Velcro embellished snow-like boot. Hmm, I wonder what it says about me?