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  • Che Tibby,

    I believe that Tom may be what we used to call a 'dandy'! Capital.

    i've often thought that tom was born a century out of synch.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2042 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    I believe that Tom may be what we used to call a 'dandy'! Capital.

    I am merely what we used to, in more enlightened times, call a 'gentleman'. It is only in these troubled times, when we are overrun by besneakered oafs, that a chap with a modicum of dress sense comes to be called a 'dandy'.

    On the other hand, you could do worse than join the Confederation of Anarcho-Dandyists (or CAD for short).

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Savidge,

    Feet, people, feet.

    And tattoos. But only if they are on the feet.

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 324 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    I have to admit I have a sort of gruding admiration for anyone who can use the phrase

    one doesn't want to look like a corporate drone when going to a gallery opening dressed in Zambesi

    with a straight face.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    with a straight face

    You're making a big assumption.

    But while a pair of Loake brogues will look the business (in many senses) when paired with a pinstriped Zegna suit, they would be somewhat out of place when worn with an open-necked black muslin shirt untucked beneath a three-piece acid-washed denim suit.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Savidge,

    But while a pair of Loake brogues will look the business (in many senses) when paired with a pinstriped Zegna suit, they would be somewhat out of place when worn with an open-necked black muslin shirt untucked beneath a three-piece acid-washed denim suit.

    Well, like, duh!

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 324 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    Well, like, duh!

    Assuming that anyone other than a Zambesi mannequin would actually wear such an ensemble, of course.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • Shep Cheyenne,

    Do the old ruls on no Brown shoes once the sun goes down still apply?

    And I wish I had the balls to wear a cravat, or a cravat for that matter.

    Since Oct 2007 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    taking my skateboard into movie theatres

    Maybe they feared you would take rolling JAFAs down the aisle to another level.. :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19743 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    And I wish I had the balls to wear a cravat

    cravats. ur doin it wrong.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2042 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Once I tried wearing a nice pair of high-heeled lady shoes. My big toe ended up turning bruised and black and the nail fell off.

    This seemed rather unladylike.

    But I do have troublesome feet (high arch, short, wide). I'm lucky if I can find a pair that fit and look good.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    I like nothing better than feeling the grass under my feet & the sand between my toes. Supermarket vinyl is lovely & cool on barefeet in summer, after walking there on th ehot pavement.

    Beach 4 Square Shops. The refridgerator on permanent hum. Feet flopping in across the worn lino floor, the odd grain of migrated beach sand under foot. Ice cream cone, already melting. Catching the edge of the doorstep as you go out and ripping the big toenail half off.

    Ahh, Kiwi summers...

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    And I wish I had the balls to wear a cravat

    cravats. ur doin it wrong.

    Yes, try tying it at the other end.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    Once I tried wearing a nice pair of high-heeled lady shoes. My big toe ended up turning bruised and black and the nail fell off.

    This seemed rather unladylike.

    I occasionally hang round on a Kiwi wedding forum (because sometimes the only other people who will tolerate your whining/glee are other brides) and the shoes the other forum-ites go ga-ga over totally bemuse me, because they're almost all stilettos. High ones. Surely your wedding is the one day you *don't* want to be wobbling around in torture devices?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Kerry Weston,

    i was brought up never to wear high heels, as at 5'10 they might make me taller than blokes - and that was just not on!

    I like shoes, hate wearing them - and discovered one can get too many beestings and develop allergy symptoms - racing heart, sweats, nausea etc. Just too much bee venom in the system apparently, but it does wear off or whatever eventually.

    Manawatu • Since Jan 2008 • 494 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I like shoes, hate wearing them

    What do you like them for then? Wall ornaments?

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    And that takes us to four! Four glorious PA writers* with tattoos. That I know of...

    You counting me? If so, who's the fourth?

    By the way collarbones and the elbow (outside and inside) super-frickin-painful! But my tattooist reliably says feet are the most painful (oh and she's a she).

    But speaking of pain and shoes my partner went out one night in her new high heels. She danced and danced and came home with shoes full of blood and crushed nerves. And she would totally do it again.

    By the way she did a post about how high your heels should be based on your height

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    You counting me? If so, who's the fourth?

    Yes, and I dunno if I'm allowed to say.

    By the way she did a post about how high your heels should be based on your height

    One of my problems with judging heel height (for boots, of course) is that I think I'm about three inches shorter than I am. So I end up towering a bit.

    That post is pretty great, btw.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    She danced and danced and came home with shoes full of blood and crushed nerves. And she would totally do it again

    If you love her, don't encourage it! I had a pair of black patent leather stilettos, when I was in my early 20's. I thought I was the bee's knees and dropdead sexually alluring in them. Only problem was, I could never wear them anywhere. I had to take them off and put them back on and then take them off, and so on. My feet hurt in them, I couldn't walk in them, but dammit, I was sexy when I wore them. Yeah, right.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    By the way she did a post about how high your heels should be based on your height

    I used to know a woman the same height as me - just over six foot - but who insisted on wearing huge high heels (and large buckles on those shoes).

    She resembled a power pylon with sex appeal, if such a thing can be imagined. Used sway in a heavy gale.

    She's probably some orthopedic specialist's pension plan by now.

    my partner went out one night in her new high heels. She danced and danced and came home with shoes full of blood and crushed nerves. And she would totally do it again.

    I think there's a Hans Christian Anderson story about that sort of thing...

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    By the way she did a post about how high your heels should be based on your height

    My ex-stepdaughter is 6'2", and while most of the time she wears sensible flats, on special occasions she'll wear 4" heels. The results are spectacular to say the least.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    I *love* my feet. They are beautiful (this isnt just my opinion- I've had feedback on the beach, at home - "oo, look at your feet!" "Whassa matter?" "Your toes are all straight! Amd you dont have callouses! And you look after your toenails!")

    - they're like my hands - big, lovely, capable. Even as they start to deform (ho hum, arthritis with an added smidgin of gout.)

    I have always *hated* any restriction on foot or toe movement. Ran round bare foot for most of my childhood -

    -Carolyn Skelton: when my mother was a young widow, 31 with 6 kids, she was mortified to be approached by the headmaster of our primary school offering assistance to provide footwear...she'd provided perfectly good sandals, with excellent socks in winter: we kids stuffed them in the milkbox as we headed off to school, putting them on again when we returned home...

    and quite a lot of my adulthood BUT

    as things like arthritis etc increase, I buy my Tevas a size larger; my boots (and I've always loved good boots - I once spent two months' wages as a tobacco picker on a superb pair of calf-high tramping boots) become lighter (SWATs now) and even more adjustable, with extremely good socks.

    I've never worn high heels (but I admire the elan and poise of family & friends who do so)*
    and my only fashion evening boots and slip-ons are Eccos, Timberlands, Merrills and Skechers (worn with pure silk or merino socks - comfortable, protective, warm or cool as you like - and not noticeable as a fashion thing...)


    *Their feet dont look - quite so elegant...

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell,

    Those of us who ride motorcycles *have* to wear boots....the consequences of sliding on asphalt are not pretty....

    And. of course, a heavy padded jacket, with armour, pants ditto, a helmet, and armoured gloves. Getting kitted up to ride is akin to a knight preparing for battle.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 499 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    If you love her, don't encourage it!

    She can do what she likes, and really i'd be hard pressed to stop her dancing.

    couldn't walk in them, but dammit, I was sexy when I wore them. Yeah, right.

    You know what, you would've been. They* did a study a few years ago and found that men prefer the shape of women's legs when they are wearing high heels (the test subjects couldn't see the feet just the legs).

    *The same "they" who do all those kinds of studies.

    I'v got a tattoo on the the sole of one foot. getting it on there didn't feel to good, so I'm not doing it again.

    Yee-ouch!!!

    I've tried fire walking. Anyone else done that?

    We were supposed to at the end of our physics course at uni, but we weren't allowed to because it was deemed "unsafe"

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    You counting me? If so, who's the fourth?

    Yes, and I dunno if I'm allowed to say.

    it's christie innit!! bet he's the guy with the unicorn on his heel.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2042 posts Report Reply

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