I am looking at the following shoe from Via Spiga and trying to decide how I feel about the coloring of the patent-leather finish.
‘Petrol’ is definitely an accurate description for the opalescent coloring on the patent leather of this shoe. Admittedly, I am intrigued at how the swirling colors of spilled gasoline seem to have been captured in the glossy shoe surface.
But, I am not sure yet if I like it.
And, I think it may be because of this: The image of spilled gasoline inevitably evokes in me the memory, including the smells, of filling up my car’s fuel tank at the self-service lane of local gas stations on hot summer days. And, the smell of gasoline on a hot and muggy summer day is anything but pleasant.
However, to have this illusion on a shoe, maybe I could manage to train myself away from that automatic and not entirely positive experience of olfactory memory association.
After all, the subtle and almost hypnotic color variations would make this a surprising alternative to the little black pump – while still managing to match almost any color in one’s wardrobe.
So, what do you think?