1. Does this piece bring joy?
Would you wear it out of the store right now?
2. How will this be incorporated into my overall wardrobe?
Make sure you have an idea how you can wear it 30 times or more and incorporate it into your overall style.
3. Does it fit me well and is it made well?
Don’t force it. It will never leave your closet if you are already making excuses for it.
4. Does it fit my budget?
We all have one.
1.) These boots will replace one of the 6 pairs dievca had to get rid of for her foot. They will work into her “Downtown Chic with Whimsey” Vibe (Master’s Words).
2.) dievca can start wearing these boots with:
3.) Gianvito Rossi’s version of combat boots has been made in Italy from butter-smooth leather and rests on a rubber lug sole. They hit just below the knee – elasticated ribbed panels make them easier to fit muscular calves.
4.) The boots are straining her budget, but dievca found her size on the one website with 30% off. She would share the site with you, but the boots have sold out.
dievca loved these blue croc Derbys from Dries van Noten (originally $890) – but her size is sold out…she found something on Yoox – not quite the same quality, but it is similar.
Beggars cannot be Choosers.
EMANUÉLLE VEE – deep jade Loafer (originally $139) – link is to the black version
Bought for $111 – one cannot argue with that price. XO
What do you think?
So, dievca met Master for lunch at a lovely rooftop restaurant. It was a gorgeous end-of-summer day in NYC and she was wearing a French Blue Raquel Allegra hammered satin Peasant Dress, nipped in with a Ralph Lauren Orange Cotton-toggle belt to match the ACNE Studios/Fallraven Backpack….with ACNE Studio sunglasses and Master’s Earrings.
The shoes were supposed to change from sneakers for walking through the city to heeled clogs, but when dievca went into her backpack to grab the clogs – only one was there….the other was found later at home, hidden.
Master just laughed at His dievca and handed her a lovely Birthday gift – which worked perfectly with the dress (Zimmermann Aloha 14K-plated Beaded Earrings) and reminded dievca of her College Days:
Female New Yorkers are boot lovers. The Men wear boots, too, but the women live in boots for 3 out of 4 seasons. The Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boot has its place in many a small NYC closet. This versatile style has a forgiving design which allows for large calves to be hugged in comfort.
SOMETHING OF USE ~ dievca has 3 pairs squished in her closet:
The 5050 style launched in 1993, and the legendary over-the-knee boot has long garnered a reputation — and a major celebrity following — for its flawless, comfortable fit and minimalist, sophisticated sensibility. With its distinctive half-and-half construction, featuring a leather or suede front and stretch fabric back, the 5050 continues to live up to the title of “icon” in a world where that word is endlessly overused; it can be paired with any style, any occasion, any genre, any decade.
Like many fashion icons, it only gets better with time. Cut to Fall 2021, Stuart Weitzman debuts a new 5050 Capsule Collection in celebration of its 35th anniversary, featuring new interpretations of this boot, designed to match whatever mood you’re in.
The aptly named 5050 HIGHSHINE dials up the glamour with more than 300 crystal embellishments hand-applied to each pair. Pearl embellishments give the look an ultra-feminine take with the 5050 LIFT PEARL. Silver-tone studs on the 5050 LIFT STUDS offer a punk vibe. The 5050 FRINGE with cascading fringe detail nods to the must-have cowboy boot trend, while the 5050 LIFT WOVEN boot ups the craftsmanship quotient with each pair taking no less than 14 hours to create using handwoven leather (no two are the same). The 5050 LIFT and the 5050 ULTRALIFT boot provide extra height to boost your strut — a 35-mm platform and 50-mm platform, respectively.
dievca is pondering if her closet can hold a fringe pair or the platform…
Photography: Luke Abby
Styling: Jenny Haapala
Hair: Ro Morgan
Makeup: Christine Cherbonnier
Model: Alicia Herbeth (Elite NY)
DP and editing: Olivier Lessard
Video VFX: James Buongiorno
Production: Will Foster and Peter Schwab
Styling assistants: Olivia Jakubik and Dominique Upshaw
Hair assistant: Kuki Alrawi
Studio: Highline Stages
dievca was fascinated by the faux wood and the ability of people to walk in Candie’s Sandals.
Dr. Scholl’s were bad enough!
But, dievca ran into these mule sandals and is taking a second look~
Strappy, foot fetish, bondage in a elegant Vegan presentation.
Daniella Shevel’s Vegan Zinzi sandals come in Whiskey Brown, White, Coral Red and Sandy Nude
Have you been presenting for your Sir/Madame in heels?
Or did your style shift with COVID-19?
dievca did present in heels during the past year.
But, she hasn’t thought about buying new heels in a long time.
A quick look around the web didn’t offer anything to trip dievca’s interest.
she may have to go back to 2019 and find these Rupert Sanderson Pumps.
Gianvito Rossi‘s pair is made from smooth black leather and has gold anklets inspired by equestrian hardware.
Lovely and useful for unpredictable Spring weather.
Showing your BDSM leanings in a subtle manner.
Shoes have, through history, revealed much about the wearer – from their social status to their sexual appetite…
Shoes have long been great indicators of your social standing and wealth. From the 13th century a new pair of shoes was only available to the wealthiest or highest ranking members of society: shoes were handmade by skilled craftsmen, using prohibitively expensive materials. As such it was inevitable that shoes were seen as a status symbol.
The medieval poulaine, for example – a long, pointed shoe worn by both men and women was a style taken to the extreme by gentlemen of wealth: a poulaine that posed a hindrance to walking, and made climbing stairs almost impossible, immediately indicated that the wearer was a man of independent means who didn’t need to work and therefore concern himself with sensible footwear.
The longer versions were also expensive and difficult to make, but many thought the style ridiculous and lewd, so sumptuary laws were passed capping toes to a mere 5cm (2 inches).
By 1500 the poulaine had all but disappeared, and was later replaced by the Tudor footbag. Characterized by its very wide toes, the shoe derived its name – and the alternative ‘cow’s mouth’ – due to its breadth. The girth of the shoe was again an indicator of status: note, for instance, the impressively wide shoes worn by Henry VIII.
Some shoes sported soles that reached a width of 17cm (6.5 inches), and again sumptuary laws were passed to curb this ‘excessive’ style.
The long pointed toe of the medieval poulaine was not only an indicator of status, but also of the wearer’s masculinity – and, by inference, his sexual proclivities.
The pointed toe has resurfaced numerous times through history. It’s apparent in the form of the winklepicker in the 1950 and 1960s – a pointed toe found on men’s shoes and often on women’s stiletto heeled court shoes, whose name was derived from the sharp pin used for prying winkles from their shells – and in designer Vivienne Westwood’s ‘penis shoe’ Spring/Summer 1995.
In the 18th century, French fashion dominated. One particularly popular style of shoe was the high, French, ‘Pompadour’ heel. Named after Madame Pompadour, mistress to King Louis XV, this heel was incredibly narrow-waisted, and curved inwards under the foot. They were notoriously difficult to walk in, but made the most fantastic boudoir shoe. An 18th-century satirical poem said of them: “Mount on French heels, when you go to the ball – Tis the fashion to totter, and show you can fall.”
By the 1890s, heels on women’s shoes reached heady heights with the very fashionable style known as the Cromwell. This was a high-heeled shoe with a tabbed front and buckle, called the Cromwell in the mistaken belief that buckles were worn on the shoes of Oliver Cromwell and his followers in the first half of the 17th century. In reality, at that time his followers were wearing practical low-heeled leather shoes fastened with a latchet tie.
The extremely decadent Cromwell shoes could have heels up to 16 cm (6¼ inches). Such a high-heeled shoe caused consternation at the time. Wearers were ridiculed, and apparently cartoons of the day carried images of women needing sticks to walk, or helping hands either side of them.
Towards the end of the 1890s these exaggerated heeled shoes became very popular with women who entertained in the boudoir, thereby solving the problem of walking in them, but making them unwearable by ‘ordinary’ women.
White wedding slippers symbolize purity, and black is often worn for work or attendance at a funeral, but what about red?
Red has long been a significant and powerful color in part due to the expense involved in obtaining red dye. Red shoes were the prerogative of Roman senators and later, the emperor, and popes have worn red since the 13th century. Red-heeled shoes were also popular in the 17th century.
Red shoes also symbolize danger and passion, the very start of life, and the end.
Recently, across the world red shoes have been used to symbolize and protest violence against women.
Shoes can express identity, and indicate the cultural group to which the wearer belongs. As far back as Ancient Rome, all people were duty bound to wear the correct footwear – whether non-citizen, citizen, senator, priest or soldier. This meant you could see where individuals were positioned in society simply by the footwear they wore.
The Roman soldier wore a style with an open toe and an open lattice upper, known as the caliga. It was a practical style, strong and well-ventilated for endless marching.
The emperor and high-ranking officials, on the other hand, wore the campagus – an open-toed boot, laced at the front.
Red soles and heels equal power and identity – from the red heels of King Louis XIV, to the red soles of expensive Louboutin’s today. From the 1660s the flamboyant King Louis XIV of France became one of the most influential men in Europe, and was responsible for several fashion trends including the high red heel, either covered with red Morocco leather, or painted.
Red was a symbol of wealth, only worn by the King and his court. The high heel not only elevated the short Monarch above the masses, but also alerted onlookers to his high status. Gradually the red heel filtered down through the classes and became a sign of fashionable sophistication.
A “Thank You” to BBC History Extra and Rebecca Shawcross. She is the author of Shoes: An Illustrated History (Bloomsbury, 2014)
It’s a real treat during COVID.
Time to show it off.
Self-care has been limited or put on hold,
but a great way to feel a bit better is to treat yourself in a safe manner.
Haircut, waxing, facials, massage, Mani/Pedi, etc.
Masks, Outdoors, Open Windows.
dievca went for the waxing and had to show-off her gams to Master.
- Acne Studios Shoes,
- Anna Sui Silk Jersey Dress,
- Marla Aaron Babylock and Curb Chain 14K/Sterling,
- Melissa Joy Manning 14K
(click on the photos to enlarge)
The Lunar New Year, most commonly associated with the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, typically falls sometime between January 21 and February 20 annually. Lunar New Year 2021 is tomorrow, February 12, and in terms of the Chinese zodiac animal, it’s the Year of the Ox.
It is called the Lunar New Year because it marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendars traditional to many east Asian countries including China, South Korea, and Vietnam, which are regulated by the cycles of the moon and sun. The New York Times explains, “A solar year—the time it takes Earth to orbit the sun—lasts around 365 days, while a lunar year, or 12 full cycles of the Moon, is roughly 354 days.” As with the Jewish lunisolar calendar, “a month is still defined by the moon, but an extra month is added periodically to stay close to the solar year.” This is why the new year falls on a different day within that month-long window each year.
A Metal Ox Year combines an already diligent and strong Ox with the robust, firm, and wealthy characteristics of Metal, it heralds a year of incessant energy, effectiveness, and abundance! Take advantage of the toughness and vitality of the Metal element to accomplish your best work. Between the perseverance of the Ox and the fortitude of Metal, get the needed boost and enjoy a year of great success and productivity.
What to watch out for? The laser focus and determination of the Ox can lead to stubbornness and an unyielding approach which may result in missed opportunities. This will be a very dynamic and intense year, don’t miss the forest for the trees, try to strike a good balance, and don’t let that bullheadedness set in.
After a wild and erratic Year of the Rat, the Year of the Ox brings much-needed balance and strength. This is the time to be persistent and tireless, to tackle all ventures with the energy and stamina of the Ox. Here’s to a gratifying, booming, and prosperous Year of the Ox!
Note: SWATCH WATCH – Though giving a clock or watch as a gift is one of the biggest no-nos in Chinese culture because it symbolizes ‘running out of time’, a lot of watchmakers still released a Year of the Ox edition to welcome the Chinese New Year. So maybe buy it for yourself.
All others are good gifts to give or just go with the Red Envelope and Money. 🧧
Thank You to the Chinese Family Adventure, The Japanese Times, TimeOut NY, and Oprah Mag
dievca pulled these out of the closet for resale and thought she should wear them Presenting for Master, one more time.
They are amazing.
Back in rotation for the future.
These are the Joys that come back when your body heals.
If you asked dievca what her favorite colors are – she’ll answer “Grey and Yellow” This has been true since her childhood in the 1970’s. Master started laughing when the 2021 Pantone Colors of the Year showed up.
So it should be a surprise to no one that the prognosticators at Pantone — those trend forecasters who scour the globe for months noting developments in clothing, cars, kitchens, coffee (the stuff that surrounds us) and translate it into a color they claim will be the dominant shade of the coming year — have chosen, as the color of the year for 2021 … two colors!
Which does not represent indecisiveness, but a metaphor. Get ready for Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. Or, in normal-speak: the light at the end of the tunnel.
Vanessa Friedman – The New York Times
As for those retro Cariuma Tennis Shoes above? The Brazillian Brand which hops on to the Pantone colors, yearly? dievca isn’t sure she has room for her two favorite colors….hmmm…maybe she has to make room. XO
A naked woman in heels is a beautiful thing.
A naked man in shoes looks like a fool.
but dievca bought the pair that got away!
OK, so they are slightly different – but the impact is the same:
- The heel height would extend leg length and highlight the calves. The more visually pleasing for when Master bends me over.
- The platform allows for stability while standing at attention when hands are cuffed overhead when being lead by Master’s lead. dievca can walk elegantly!
- The colors add an element of sassiness and fun to black lingerie or a black dress. The green matches dievca’s eyes.
- The leaf design brings a freshness to the room. The lightness of Nature juxtaposing with the darkness of Master’s desires.
Plus, dievca’s back is in good shape to wear heels – it should be fun!
PS. she likes these sandals better than her original choice. XO
Ooh, la la! Charlotte Olympia’s Frisky slingbacks live up to their name. Adorned with a monochrome Dress Up print and black leather whip-like tassels, they perfectly embody the collection’s muse, Betty Paige. Channel pin-up glamour by teaming these statement heels with a pencil skirt, tucked-in blouse, and a slick of red lipstick.
OK – looks like there are options!
People walk differently in high heels.
Your body sways to a different kind of tempo.
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dievca needs to lighten her load and gain some room in the closet,
any advice will be carefully considered.
(Brown boots are next)
Versatile Florals from Alice + Olivia
Dresses ready for sandals, heels, or sneakers. Etc.
Strap on the sexy Gianvito Rossi Cory Sandals or something else as fabulous in red,
and take a moment to listen to Nile Rodgers tell the story of David Bowie’s
Red Strappy Cory Sandals
Buffed calfskin heeled sandals in ‘tabasco’ red.
Open round toe.
Adjustable pin-buckle straps.
Leather lining in beige.
Covered stiletto heel.
Leather sole in beige.
Approx. 3″ heel.
Made in Italy.
Handmade in Berlin, the FRAULEIN KINK (Fräulein Kink) Leather Bondage Ankle Restraints are the epitome of elegance, both in and out of the bedroom. The detachable leather leads and ankle restraints can pair with your favorite heel and be used to restrain you to a chair or bed. Detachable leads can also be used separately as handcuffs.
- Metallic Gold Stitched Leather Straps
- SWAROVSKI® Light Colorado Topaz Gold Crystal Rivets
- Detachable Gold Leather Ankle Restraint Leads
- Engraved Kink Heart Detailing
Note: Boots NOT included
The Barneys sale (Madison Ave) … is still too expensive for this dievca~
Everything she wanted to buy calculated out around $700 -$800: Tate earrings or a ring. Marni sweater, Manolo Blahnik pumps, Zero Maria Cornejo coat. But nothing special enough to pull the trigger – as dievca’s friend said, “If these Louboutin boots were $450-$500, I would do it”.
So, nothing of use – but at least she got back to the store before it was gone.
dievca moved away from Barneys when they rebranded the Co-op in 2013, ‘sidelined’ Simon Doonan – and seemed like they lost their sense of humor. When they closed the UWS location? Ah, well….no reason to schlep across the City.
Here are some of the items dievca considered at the sale:
dievca doesn’t see Master in these boots:
Maybe these ones instead:
Photos: dievca Barneys NYC 2019
Celebrate those moments in gold Dolce & Gabbana
And for an early start in Holiday elegance:
It’s not just about the classic bomber anymore. Leather in all shapes and forms is making its way to Street Style snaps around the World. Take a look in your closet and see if there is leather lurking in the back corner. Air it out, condition it and if it’s got an 80’s vibe – rock it.
If there isn’t a leather piece to be had — take a look at the following for inspiration:
REMAIN Birger Christensen Bologna Leather Shirt Dress
(dievca just bought the dress and its KILLER!)
Saint Laurent Red Leather Cape
Chloe Crocodile Embossed Leather Knee Boots
Balenciaga Hybrid Leather Coat
Unravel Red Leather Dress
Gucci Leather Cuff Boucle Sweater
(dievca picked up the black on Auction)
Thome Browne Unicorn Leather Bag
Mira Mikati Fox Handpainted Leather Jacket
Aquazzura Croc-effect Leather Boots
J.W. Anderson Leather Assylum Jacket
J Brand Carine Black Leather Pants
(dievca owns them)
Moncler Black Leather Puff Down Jacket
So…what was in your closet?
Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp,
but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
Sophia Webster designed her first pair of ‘Chiara’ sandals in Spring ’14 and the distinctive style is still included in an edit every season. This year’s versions include smooth leather, satin, patent leather or embroidery, set on a slim stiletto heel. The signature 3D butterfly wings at the back have a design that continues to the base of the shoe.
- – Heel measures approximately 100mm/ 4 inches
- – Black leather and satin
- – Buckle-fastening ankle strap
- – Imported
Do the shoes make you dance or does the dance call for the shoes?
(chicken and the egg issue…)
Some of dievca’s dancing shoes:
A lunch date at the Met.
What does a submissive wear?
What will Master’s dievca wear?
she cannot think…
she’s out of practice…
she just cleared out her closet…
Not to panic, there has to be something in there:
Thanks for helping dievca think it through.
And Master just reminded dievca – no toys in the bag. Bag check. XO
Tensile Strength in Spring Design
In compression spring design the spring’s resistance to being compressed is its “compressive strength,” while its “tensile strength” is its resistance to breaking due to stress. In extension spring design, tensile strength would be measured by the spring materials resistance to being pulled apart.
Balancing Cost and Tensile Strength
No matter how much stress is applied to springs in your application, its tensile strength is integral to maintaining functionality as well as increasing the life expectancy of your springs. The longer your springs last, the more cost-effective they ultimately are.
The other factor involved in spring cost is weight savings. The less amount of material used in the spring, the less it will cost. By minimizing the materials used and maximizing their efficiency and tensile strength, spring designers can create the most efficient spring design.
Gray Matters is a collection of standout sculptural pieces: objects with a life of their own or enhancing the character of women like no other.
As in gray the color, Gray Matters is versatile and sophisticated, always adding subtle nuances, never imposing.
Designer Silvia Avanzi was inspired by the artistic heritage of her native country Italy, along with the hectic lifestyle of her adoptive city New York. Beginning with her long-time passion for shoes, in 2015 she decided to solve the eternal challenge of how to effortlessly make a personal statement from work to play, from day to night.
Gray Matters is made by three generations of expert shoemakers near Venice in Italy. Exuding with artisanal details, each piece carries an attitude of its own; a casual confidence of women who can own it.
A 'Thank You' to the Yost Superior Company.