Yesterday my first facebook post touched on something I thought worth expanding on.
There a many subsets to the totality of the Attire language, and there is significant overlap as well, one article being part of more than one sub-section, like a wedding dress is at once a dress, but also, formal wear, and ritual wear. But just now, I want to discuss footwear as a subset of the the sartorial tongue.
Some months back, I had occasion to be in a Nordstrom Rack with a woman friend who was looking, in vain, so it happens, for suitable work shoes. As she was perusing the floor I found myself awestruck and not a little horrified by the sheer bulk of options on display. Here was a very large store space, filled with row upon row of different shoes, sandals, boots and such. And it struck me that every last one of them comprised a new, slight alteration on the base term, footwear.
Now I have written and spoken before about the mind boggling bulk of the Attire language, when taken as a whole construct, but among all the subsets of the language, shoes for women seem to be one of the single fastest growing parts.
The presence or absence of heels, their height, width, type, and materials is only one aspect of how this magnifies and expands. When you start to think about it, it becomes nearly dizzying. But what I've found most intriguing here in this continually growing section of the apparel language, is the lengths that we are going to, simply to say something new.