May 7, 2010
fashion blog karma – The Souls of My Shoes
While attending the Spring 2010 shows at LG Fashion Week in Toronto last fall, I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of a fellow fifth-row denizen, Kimberly Lyn. She has a fresh shoe and shopping blog called The Souls of My Shoes. I love meeting new bloggers and it is always so nice to see a friendly face when you take your seat at a fashion show. Since then I’ve had the great luck to hang out with Kimberly at many fashion events. She’s generous and beautiful and even commissioned me to do a figure illustration of her. I asked her a few questions about shoes and the fashion blogging scene.
When did you discover you were into shoes? What is it about a pair of shoes that captivates you?
There’s no specific moment when I discovered my love for shoes, it has always been an item I naturally gravitated towards. When I go into a store I make a beeline to the shoe department – it helps when I’m out shopping with friends because they know exactly where to find me if we’re separated.
Since starting my blog I’ve taken a more invested and keen interest into shoes. My taste in footwear varies from the simple to the extravagant, from flats to high heels. I’m captivated by interesting shoe designs, such as those which have sculptural elements, use interesting colour combinations and materials, and footwear made of good quality.
I’m not a shoe person, so I’ve always wanted to know – why do so many ladies put up with the pain – financial and foot wise – to wear “killer” shoes?
I think it’s purely for aesthetic reasons. Historically, shoes/heels marked things such as a person’s social status or served as a sign of fertility and over time this concept has transformed into people’s obsessions with footwear today. High heels are equated with enhancing a woman’s sex appeal and can instill increased confidence, and owning a pair of Louboutin or Manolo Blahnik shoes is associated with affluence. The same also applies to men but less of a spectacle is made of their footwear.
When it comes to the pain financially or foot wise, to wear “killer” shoes, sometimes I (and I’m sure other people) just grin and bear it for aesthetics. There are times when I’ve exceeded my shoe budget and there are times when you have to say “No” to purchasing more footwear. I love shoes but have to be realistic and responsible – I sound like my mother. However, don’t be surprised if you see me quietly slip off my shoes when sitting down. Like everyone else I too feel the pain shoes can bring and have the track record of blistered heels to prove it.
You’re a relatively new fashion blogger. What were your intentions and ambitions when you started your fashion blog?
I started The Souls of My Shoes after being was laid off from my full-time job last year. Going through an array of emotions I needed to keep busy, channel myself intellectually and creatively, and found comfort through blogging. Like my interest in shoes, fashion has always been something I’ve gravitated towards and it wasn’t until I lost my job that I rediscovered my love for it. In addition, I’ve always wanted to blog but didn’t know what to write about and one day it just dawned on me to focus my thoughts and energy on fashion.
I didn’t have high expectations when I started my blog but knew I wanted to provide content that was interesting, thoughtful and engaging straddling the commercial and editorial spheres. I followed a lot of fashion blogs such as yours (Final Fashion) and I Want – I Got, and read a lot of fashion news media which provided me with a template of the content, style and voice I wanted to portray online – something that is personal, honest, fair and professional.
Now that you have been blogging for a while, how does it compare to your expectations?
Fashion blogging has greatly exceeded my expectations; I went into it with none but have gained so much knowledge and insights as a result. First, it has helped to improve my writing skills which I think is key to good blogging. Secondly, I’ve learned so much more about fashion when researching content for entries, conducting interviews or when looking at clothing designs. Third, I’ve met so many amazing and talented people at various events around the city; other bloggers, designers and artists have all become part of my network both as friends and colleagues.
Can you tell me about a favourite fashion experience you’ve had?
My favourite fashion experience was attending the North American premiere of Valentino: The Last Emperor during the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). I recall saying to myself there are so many celebrities in town promoting their movies during TIFF, but I highly doubt Valentino would come to Toronto.
By the end of the movie, when the spotlight shone on Valentino Garavani (who attended the premiere) I was proven wrong. Everyone in attendance immediately took to their feet and gave him a standing ovation lasting for several minutes. My hands hurt from clapping and I was filled with emotion, because we were just taken on a cinematic journey through his life, the ups and downs, and now the fashion legend himself was standing before us proud and tanned as can be – it was a once in a life time opportunity to be near, let alone in the same building as Valentino.