“Shopping With Men” sounds like “Running With Scissors” or “Riding in Cars With Boys.” Might be fun, might be bad.
In this case, shopping with my brother who’s visiting from LA has been pretty fun. He can pick out a good, colorful, hip outfit for a girl, which is impressive. He has ideas and feels strongly about them. A lot of guys couldn’t care less what women wear as long as it’s girly.
However, my brother does not seem to be able to tolerate weird crazy shoes or even shoes that are too intense, whereas my shoe tastes can be described as verging somewhere on the map between motorcycle, dutch boy, domme leather and hip cuteness. I took him to some of my favorite shoe stores and he was not digging the Galliano or the LAMB or anything like that.
What he thought was a little too out of control at Iris that I loved included the Galliano Platform Ankle Boot. Call Iris at 212.645.0950 to see if they have it in your size:
What he liked included chiller shoes like this Completely Lustworthy Galliano High Top Sneaker, also at Iris:
I’m not a huge fan of Shoegasm‘s quality, but we walked by and it’s sort of a cheap thrill, so we decided to go in. He wasn’t so into this white boot there, which he said was too go-go for him and not cool enough. I’d thought it was pretty cute except for the overly curved, rounded vamp and toe.
What he dug at Shoegasm: This All Black cutie with leather laces. I loved it too and want it badly! I can’t find it online so it’s on my list to go back and check out on sale!
Here he is holding a riding boot that I would have liked if it weren’t for the buckle. We agreed that it is exemplary of what is wrong with shoes today. Sometimes a designer doesn’t know when to stop and just let it be simple. That buckle was the straw that broke that boot’s arch.
What do guys like on girls, I asked?
Boots, he said.
Duh, I said.
And flats, he said he actually likes flats (!!!) on a girl. And high tops. A girl who’s kind of chill who can just be relaxed.
But I guess to each his own. I want a man who wears wild Fluevogs and Gallianos!