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why do we wear impractical shoes?
- Published on Mar 27, 2023 veröffentlicht
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Written by Ella Gray & Mina Le
Edited by Charlee Reiff
Footwear by Elizabeth Semmelhack
Footbinding by Dorothy Ko
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I love all the acknowledgement in this episode of history outside of europe: indigenous cultures, indian cultures, african cultures, Islam. thank you Mina 🙏
What she said
The passion 4 fashion is *~universal
I was just coming to say this, I love that global history and culture are mentioned, I learned so much xx
It is!! But it's not always acknowledged!!
Absolutely agree! Great job, Mina!!
Fun fact about Cinderella's glass shoes:
A lot of people argued how it's not possible for only one girl to fit the shoe. Allegedly, the writer thought the same thing, which is why he chose the glass slippers. The slippers are made in a perfect mould of Cinderella's feet in a material that's not bendable (glass) so nobody could truly fit the slippers except Cinderella. It would also be visible through glass if somebody's feet weren't the exact fit (squished toes, heel etc.) even if they wore the same shoe size.
and yet somehow, they still slipped off 😔😔
@mai sweat on glass? Of course it slipped 😂
No wonder she ran out of there. Her feet were probably screaming in pain and sweat. All that liquid is what popped one of them off haha
I read that the whole “glass” part of cinderellas slippers was a translation error and was actually meant to be skin shoes..
actually the glass shoes came form a mistake in translation. The author mentioned a "vair"shoe which is a type of velvet material but since glass in french is "verre" and they are both prononced the same, people thought Perrault meant a glass shoes when heh didin't actually. :)
I love that Mina’s worn this cute corset top in multiple videos now. It’s refreshing and adds trust to her sustainable fashion beliefs.
Plus it’s gorgeous
Yes normalize the same fits being used!!! It gives cartoon character (which is a compliment bc they have a few fits and each is usually so tied to their character and not just bc they haven't worn it..bc it's a cartoon) , it gives iconic, it gives sustainable, it's everything
I've wanted a cute corset top like that for several years now. Brand?
Mina, please share where you got this corset top and the dress from your 90s "Is Thin Back In" video! Love them both, and you look great in each.🥰😍💘💯
I think she matched it with the wallpaper behind her 💙
Long story short, showing off impracticality and opulence is a human trait. "Look how rich I am, I can't do ANYTHING in these shoes. Not that I WOULD, because I'm RICH."
And then the issue is when you emulate these aesthetics as a middle class person and you try to DO anything in those shoes 😂
Interesting how it is primarily women who are pressured to endure discomfort and even excruciating pain to show off their status (foot binding, unwalkable heels) . . . it seems like equally high-status men can show off with just a nicely tailored suit and moderately comfortable (though still expensive) footwear.
I would love a recreation sketch of those bathhouse ladies in their hella big shoes being attended to. Like do they really have their noses up to everyone while they’re being carried around. Are they flailing “gracefully”? I need to know!
same thing with tiny purses "i don't actually need to carry anything, I'm rich"
They bought such shoes just to flex their wallet lmao
Once I became a wheelchair user I started getting more into ridiculous shoes for the aesthetic purpose, from satyr hoof platforms to glitzy pink alien looking stilettos, because I can't be on my feet anyway. I was always a workboot or flip flop girlie before. I was just thinking about how shoes are just a statement, while still technically being one of our most practical accessories. Ironic timing to get this video suggested.
Fabulous work as always:)
I LOVE THAT 😍 i would love to see you in public with the most ridiculous shoes ever haha!
@summer oh my gosh thank you! I'm inspired to create more fashionable mischief now 😈 😂
@Mallory McDonald please do !
As someone who wears docs religiously for work (8+ hours on my feet) I sure do loooove an impractical shoe so damn much 😂
I live and die for docs and I think the platforms have made it worse
i find docs (well, solovairs but same shit) to be really comfy! break in process sucks but they're so good once you get through it
@Christie Brooks me wearing those dr. martens platform mary janes even tho i cant walk normally even with regular shoes
I love my jadon docs, but as long as I’m working in a kitchen, I’m not going to be wearing mine at work
a good example of "the love the community has for you" is within the drag community. The best wardrobes are filled with gifts.
Damn. That last sentence is powerful. I am wearing so many gifts right now and never really thought about it. Now it feels like wearing a hug. Thank you!
Wearing a hug is adorable and such a beautiful way to put it :)
Damn that warmed my heart. Specially with how drag is being attacked now 😢❤
i would be curious to see Mina talk about pockets and how lots of female clothes items have fake pockets. Why is it fashionable enough to create fake pockets yet real pockets are usually missing on clothes. Should dresses have pockets or not.
oh i can actually answer that one lol! usually the concern is that real pockets will ruin the silhouette, especially in bodycon clothing like skinny jeans, or on a dress or skirt where an object in the pocket might cause the waistline to sag. it's also to force u to buy purses lol. Style Theory has a pretty good video on it if ur interested
@plushdragonteddy thank you for the explanation. The fact that it makes women buy purses i believe it to be a bigger factor than ruining the silhouette or the waistline sagging.
@plushdragonteddy aha ya it's totally about the silhouette. I remember growing up my mom would almost get mad at me for putting things in the pockets of my nice/dress pants because she said it would "ruin the silhouette". I even remember in middle school and high school my friends and I would all wear bunnyhugs (hooded sweat shirts) that had a big pockets on the front, but we wouldn't put our phones in there because we "didn't want to look fat"... so glad I don't think like that anymore lol
Abby Cox has a great video on pockets and their history too
There’s a podcast “Articles of Interest” that’s got a lot of interesting stuff including an episode on pockets!
I was made aware of foot binding as an incredibly painful practice, essentially torture as it was done to young children starting at age 7 (obviously without their consent) so their feet wouldn’t grow and would stay in that half moon shape.
I remember reading about the last women with bound feet still alive, they recalled the pain they endured, it was obviously excruciating and resulted in permanently deformed feet (look up pictures at your own risk). The women who endured foot binding are referred to as “survivors,” of the practice in most pieces about them now.
Mina touches on the use of inner thigh and pelvic muscles to walk, but it’s suggested that needing to walk like this would strengthen those muscles and result in a “tighter,” vagina (for the benefit of men…)
It was a wholly unnecessary and misogynistic practice done to women
You're right, it was torture. Mothers would first break their daughters' feet, and then bind them daily to preserve the broken shape, and ensure the bones would fuse wrong. Thereafter, the foot could never be unbound.
The toes remained permanently folded underneath the front of the foot. It was difficult to keep the toenails clipped. They would grow curled into themselves, and into the foot. This lead to painful and sometimes deadly infections.
They smelled bad, because of the unnatural crevices that couldn't breathe, nor be cleaned properly.
Every step taken was insanely painful. Walking became permanently difficult, and running impossible. Men were turned on by the swaying step of women with broken feet, and their permanent helplessness.
Truly a cruel and misogynistic practice.
Fun fact about Cinderella shoes :
In french (the original language of the fairytale), they are called ''les pantoufles de verre'' which is already a mistranslation of ''les pantoufles de vair''. ''Vair'' is the fur from a small rodent which was considered like a royal fur to sew on garments at that time, so the she was actually wearing fur slippers, which sounds way more comfy.
I believe as time went on, and since poor people might have never heard of that expensive fur, it just got miswritten into ''verre''.
Edit : Thanks to people on the replies. Indeed, this highly debated. I have heard this information when I was younger and didn't look around to confirm this information before commenting. The probability of the shoes actually being in glass could be true, making Cinderella even more mythically unachievable as a beauty standard.
thats super interesting !!
Wow it's so interesting
This is a myth. She did indeed have glass slippers in the French version by Charles Perrault. His version isn't the 'original' either if one can even be said to exist. :)
so i actually did come across this info! i decided to not put it in because it's also been a hot debate topic among a lot of scholars. it's very possible that charles mistranslated "vair" to "verre," but other fairytales feature wearing equally uncomfortable shoes. for example, in a chinese version of "cinderella" from 850 ce, the princess wears a pair of pure gold slippers. so there's just no way to know what charles was thinking!
This is, at very least, debated. While it makes sense from a modern perspective, Perrault was specific in his language, glass items are not uncommon in folk tales, there are other Cinderella-type tales with shoes made of weird materials, and vair was an outdated term at the time, except in heraldry (according to first edition of Le Dictionnaire de l'Académie française, released in 1694.) I suspect the two words may have been pronounced differently at the time as well, but I'm not expert in Baroque pronunciation, I just do research in French in the era.
Fwiw, at the time, pantoufles were indoor shoes, generally meaning something like mule-style bedroom slippers, according to the same dictionary.
i get uncomfortable wearing shoes that are too clean or new looking, they make me feel like i'm 'pretending to be someone i'm not' - having a bit of scuff or age on them makes me feel more comfortable. i'm a messy scattered person with a messy scattered brain, and a messy scattered style. it's wild to see that other people will take that as me having a bad personality.
amicable aggressor. I feel the same way about footwear. I've been a thrifter for over 10 years and always find interesting, comfortable and fashionable shoes for the least price (in some shops they go for $15 - $30US dollars) in their new state most of the shoes their pricing start at $45 and up. So, yeah having a pair of shoes with scuffs, charm and character is important. Personally, I feel like I'm trying too hard to fit into a trend or clique when I used to buy new price-tagged shoes.
I feel the same way! Even as a little kid, I took my shoes through the dirt until they looked like they belonged to me.
I’m exactly the same. Beat up shoes 4 life
If anyone thinks they can assess my personality by looking at my shoes, I probably don't want to be friends with them anyway.
Personally i like to clean sometimes my expensive but more practicle (also really warm winter ones) shoes, because i love them, i spent a lot of money on them and i want to carry them longer then i did in my past with 'cheap' shoes (like 20 - 30 Dollars).
One year ago i had a little financial space so i could afford them! I'm so thankfull! Good and also practicle shoes were needed! ❤❤❤
I am a butch lesbian and most everything I wear is practical and comfortable but even I cannot stay away from a cute quirky bag or some platform sandals 😂
Platforms are queer culture at this point. Also, where do u get ur platform Sandles from I need a new pair? 🧐
@A O 🙈 I'm a teva stan at heart but really any time I find some good ones anywhere I'll scoop them
I know that’s right fam
@A O Melissa has some cute ones
The editing in this is fabulous and as a designer I want to acknowledge I can see how hard you work on these videos
I have an editor now! her name is charlee! she's super talented
Even before the bead trade, Native Americans would embellish their clothing with quillwork, shells, ivories, copper beads, stones, and other materials! Many of these features have spiritual significance in addition to what you said. The real fancy stuff is mainly for ceremonies and not everyday wear.
Thanks for mentioning Indigenous fashion, queen 💅💜
i never even heard of the bead trade, but when she mentioned how the glass beads were brought over by the french, it made me wonder... is beadwork (a practice that is seen as v indigenous american) actually an art that was birthed bc of colonialism? i've seen many of those beautiful clothes made with quills & shells too :) but is it true that the beading wasn't really a thing before the colonizers?
@Shaina I know that my people, the Anishinaabe made copper beads before European contact. Many peoples used gold, silver, bone beads, and gemstones too!
LOOOOVE you showcasing moccasins and their history -- was a delight to see Native American artistry & design covered in a Mina Le video!!! THANK YOU!
Yeah but also our moccasins are not impractical at all, actually the most practical.
@Mercedese Danen 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼Exactly what I was thinking!!
@Mercedese Danen especially hard sole mocs and mukluks. Even as white people started going west, many of them adopted moccasins because they were better for wilderness survival than European shoes of the time.
Learning about the beading on the children's moccasins to indicate how precious the child is even though they will grow out of them gave me heart warming feels.
@Brianna M yupppp its a very common shoe here on treaty one. especially in the winter 🥶
The bits about women needing attendants to help them walk reminded me of when I went to see the Wendy Williams show a while back and her heels were so high she needed assistants to help her walk around in between takes. I also feel like I've seen Lady Gaga being helped around in her various insane shoes...seems like that practice is still around to some degree!
So I heard the Grimm Version as a child and we have the version where the stepsisters cut off parts of their feet to fit into the shoes.
But also in Grimm's Version of Snow White, the evil Queen needs to dance in glowing hot metal shoes until she dies.
A lot of uncomfortable shoes in my childhood fairytales. Thank you so much for the video.
I want to appreciate and thank youfor defining the fairytales as "Grimm" and not using the word "original." I've seen so many times when people incorrectly use the word "original" when they mean Grimm, even though a lot of retellings of "classic fairytales" are older than Grimm (Disney is based on Perrault's version which is over a hundred years older than Grimm) and there's no such thing as "original" because fairytales began orally.
Sorry for being weird, it's just really really nice to see.
I can say confidently that Mina's videos never take the direction I expect
that's my favorite part
I have several very impractical pairs of Vivienne Westwood shoes in my closet, my most prized being a pair of black winged rocking horse shoes made to look like the sandals of Hermes. They were THE MOST coveted shoes in the international lolita community in the 2000's - 2010's, and I'm deeply proud to own a pair in my size (it took YEARS to track down a pair of size 10's). They are supremely uncomfortable, but they are beautiful and I cherish them.
Curious thought - if you collect shoes like this that are supremely uncomfortable or impractical, do you need them in your size? I guess it means you always could wear them if you wanted, but if you just wanted to display shoes like a work of art, could you get a different size? I feel like the answer is no, but I can't think why
@Keira Hazlewood So I love the fashion from gossip girl, particularly Blair’s, and I’m plus sized. I will never find my favorite pieces in my size, but I can have custom made dupes from a seamstress. I now have two dresses that I adore, with two more on the way, that I’ve dreamed of wearing for years. Having these pieces have made me feel more part of a wider community of gossip girl fans that are particularly drawn to its fashion and curating an intentional collection. And being plus sized it always felt like I was on the sidelines limited to bags or shoes even the people I’ve met through this interest are very inclusive and welcoming (bonded with some over having invisible disabilities), but I had this internal gate keeping going on. I don’t feel that way anymore and what I feel about myself as being part of this community actually matches my experience.
What's funny about Naomi's fall is that she was wearing rubber tights which made it uncomfortable to walk so she had trouble literally moving (and I doubt the shoes helped) and then kind of just collapsed/toppled because it the tights made it difficult to put one foot after the other😅
I freaking love your inclusion of all cultures when talking about a broad subject like this one! As a Turk myself, I did not even know the history behind Takunya's before this video! 😊
I feel like Cinderella should watch this video, because those glass slippers cannot be comfortable, no matter how pretty the look ✌️😂
Do it for fashion 😔✌🏻
Risk it all for fashion 😭
Not sure about the comfort. I'm more worried about how safe they are 😂😂
To be fair to her, she probably only had one "going out" pair of shoes 😂
As a women whose feet are 39/40 cm (in Brazil) is almost impossible to find this impractical shoes that fit in me. So I wear flip-flops, sport shoes as adidas/nike or all-stars all the time. 😅
Another Brazilian here! I wear 40 and have the same problem.
I have to go out of town to buy shoes. One salesman insisted on showing me the number 38, and even tried to push my foot into the shoe! He said that's fine because "I was only going to wear those shoes on Sunday."
When I go to stores, some sellers already warn that they don't have my size.
The shoes I like don't fit, and the ones that fit me I don't like.
What can I say? I must be the reverse Cinderella.
Someday I'm going to find my perfect pair... of shoes.
( Muito obrigada pelas dicas nos comentários! )
Olha em sites de artigo drag que tem vários sapatos diferentes em todos os tamanhos
@Kaique Que maneiro. É que carioca é aquilo um chinelo para cada ocasião (pelo menos para mim)
if u literally mean 40cm, i can't help u, but if u mean a size 40BR, i do know of a brazillian shoe place that sells up to a size 42BR (so 27cm) !! they're called Cotton Candy Feet :) i'm not sure if they're exactly the brand of impractical that ur looking for, but they sure are something lol. good luck!
@plushdragonteddy Size 40 BR, muita obrigada pela informação.❤
Two traumatic occasions where I've been out walking in flats that I thought would be practical for travelling in. Ended up getting blisters which then got cut and bled 😭 it hurt so bad
I feel this pain. I have have had flats dig into my Achilles tendon when I did too much walking in them.
Rothy’s are expensive but much more comfortable than a typical ballet flat!! They are made of a woven material that can be throw in the washer
Mina bestie, every time I see one of your videos I'm more and more impressed every single time. While your videos are entertaining, they're also ridiculously informative, and I can only imagine the amount of time and labour that would've gone into doing the research for any one of these. You've got historical references, global references, modern pop culture references, and i'm sure all your sources are absolutely reliable!! It's like, i'm watching this and thinking 'holy shit. this could've been a masters dissertation, the amount of research and effort you've put into it!' I'm so proud to see how far you've come, and can't wait to see your future videos!!
I was wondering about her education also when watching this as had a similar thought this bad a real video essay that I’d expect from someone studying fashion history..
My mum's podiatrist asked her "why ever would you wear shoes that feel tight around your feet?" About a certain pair she owns and she said back "because they look cool" 😂😅
I still can't get over those Astro boy boots though 😂
This was fantastic. I am known in my mountain town as "a dresser," when most people are notably not interested in clothes, I very much am. So, I have come to accept the fact that my ridiculously wide troll feet prevent me from wearing high heels and other fashion shoes because it keeps me from being too ridiculously over dressed. I used to jam my feet into beautiful shoes, but my feet demand "ugly" footwear, like uggs, crocs, and birkenstocks, and that's ok because it keeps me from being insanely over dressed for every occasion 😂
I think you should continue to be “a dresser” to the fullest extent. Basic ppl are intimidated by people who have individual style. They can’t comprehend individuality which is why they just copy everyone around them, using the least amount of effort possibly to be clothed. They find safety in the heard and are scared to stand out so they attack ppl with the balls to do so. It’s like small town ppl who see fashion shows and say “who would wear that outrageous crap” when in reality many ppl wear them in cities full of other cool ppl. The person who says that will never walk in those circles and has no taste, so they talk crap instead. An eclectic/fashionable person like yourself shouldn’t dim your light for them, imo as a fellow eclectic dude.
@MaverickBull Thank you so much for that affirmation. I appreciate you! I'm definitely going to keep doing me and dressing wildly for little town standards. I just have to do it in practical footwear these days😌
i have a physical impairment that results in me wearing insoles and using a cane a lot. There is nothing more I want in life to be able to wear nice looking shoes whilst still being able to stand up and not just supportive runners everywhere I go. There's a real gap in the market of fashionable shoes that are comfortable I'm surprised no big fashion brands have jumped on to a practical shoe collection.
idk if this is the kind of thing you're talking about, but i have two pairs of insoles. one bigger pair that fit in regular shoes, and one smaller pair that can fit in smaller fancier shoes. they give a little less support so you're not supposed to wear them daily, but they do exist!
just realized i should add, my insoles were made specifically for me by a podiatrist. the store bought ones did nothing to help after like a couple weeks
Fashion is the antithesis of practicality so your confusion is bizarre.
@MaverickBull yeah how dare disabled people want to wear fun clothes
@Marné not Marnie what a stupid take.
I wear croc platform shoes religiously but my eyes always turn to the shoes that look like horse hooves. I don’t know why but I’m obsessed with them as they are so funny. One day I will get the money to buy them
Oooh you mean margiela tabis ? Cute ❤
I’m taking this video as my sign from the universe to for heavens sake STOP buying shoes ! I only have two feet at the end of the day (not missing the educational and informative rich history of footwear presented here , just sayin’) ♥️♥️♥️
Why tho? You only have one stomach but you still put different foods in it. That’s how I see it at least. Fashion is meant to be fun. Don’t break the bank but also just having one pair of shoes in life doesn’t make much sense. Would you only eat one type of food everyday?
love the corset matching the wallpaper!! exceptional
It looks soooo good 👍
As a person who revisits and listens your videos like a podcast, I can’t wait for the shame-free, long form, audio version
Shame? Quelle shame??!!!
Everything you say is so well spoken and I love how many cultures you’ve researched too
Mina, I will never stop being in awe of how much work you put into research.
I appreciate so much that you don't just go for the sensational, you always manage to inject history, socialogy, anthropology and art into your videos.
Mina, if you have shoes that easily get dirty, you can use Scotchgard on them. There is even a Scotchgard made for suede. Definitely use regular cloth SG on your fabric shoes. This does work to keep your shoes looking better and keeping them clean longer. It won't change how they look or feel or anything else about them, it will just protect them.
Just a mom tip that a lot of people don't think about doing.
Great video! excited about the podcast! Also benefits of using a wheelchair is that i can wear the prettiest most uncomfortable to walk in shoes and not be bothered by it whatsoever 😎
I learned so much from this video! Plus, I enjoyed the humor of those cartoon shoes and your shoes' plaque in a museum.
Cartoon shoes: "When you kick someone, they go boing!" 😆
I appreciate how you pick seemingly obscure topics and answer questions most people have thought about but, don’t expand on. It keeps me coming back to your channel.
I only wear comfortable shoes because I hardly drink anymore! In my 20s I used to clubbing a lot at goth clubs and wear heels or heeled boots. Once I started drinking I couldn’t feel my feet so I could dance all night. That’s the trick, drink enough alcohol until the pain in your feet is gone. Not my best coping mechanism, but such is youth.
Thank you SO MUCH for touching on Indigenous beadwork and moccasins! Our deadly aunties/uncles and their Bead-Fu are a class above. ❤
as someone who lives in NYC, loves impractical shoes (in my case, any permutation of a platform boot - tall, flat, heeled, wedge, creepers, etc - many of which are not city walking friendly), have busted more than a couple of pairs by slipping in subway stairs, have put my feet through hellish break-in periods, have spent a small fortune in band-aids and yet remains committed to these style choices, this video speaks directly to me.
I feel like shoes are one of the one areas where I love to splurge on quality and craftsmanship. I would say most of my clothes are not very high quality, but quality shoes are extremely important to me. Finding the perfect mix of beauty and comfort is huge
When I was a child I thought being obsessed with shoes is ridiculous. Like nobody’s looking down at your feet, you can wear whatever. How foolish I was ahah. Now I am obsessed with shoes myself 😂
I’d be curious to see some discourse on how certain shoe styles tie into ableism. You did go into it some in terms of workplace shoes and the class beauty-standards that come with it but there’s more to the status signaling that’s happening with footwear choice.
When someone wears heels or other trendy uncomfortable shoes it shows power and style, but what about if someone physically can’t wear them?
‘Dad’ shoes, flatforms, chunky sneakers came into style in recent years and these are more comfortable and accessible for many people who may not be able to wear shoes like heels, flats, etc. Even as these types of shoes reached their peaked trendiness many said they were ugly or showed poor taste. I’m curious to know your thoughts or how this is all plays into shoe choice, how likely a shoe is to become trendy, and that added layer of status signaling that comes with being able to withstand physically uncomfortable and even painful shoes.
This is very nerdy to bring up but in the Dragon Age games (high fantasy) there's a primary character named Leliana who has an obsession with beautiful and impractical shoes because while working as a spy she could gather a lot of information on the nobles she was surrounded by based on the way they showed off their status via their shoes
hi mina! love ur videos so much! just thought it would be nice to add something: in brazil, during the slavery period (from the 16th century to the 19th century), slaves couldn’t wear shoes, being barefoot was a way of showing their servile condition and shoes were a synonym of civility. rarely some of them could buy their freedom and then they bought shoes to show that they were free. shoes were literally your freedom!!
and yeah i’m brazilian! 🏼 this is widely spread during history classes here
I am a stressed out highschooler and I am in love with the videos mina makes and the topics she covers, does anyone know of a college major or career path that would allow me to study topics like this???
Fashion school is definitely a thing!! I'm not sure where you're from, but I went to Toronto Metropolitan University for a year and met some people who majored in fashion. There's also a program called Creative Industries that combines business classes with two industries of your choice, like fashion, journalism, media theory, film, etc. Other universities around the world have similar programs, it's just a matter of doing your research (I never looked into fashion programs so my help here is limited - I studied media theory). I'd suggest looking at larger universities (larger selection = more likely to have a fashion program) or smaller art schools. Good luck!
This whole topic has me thinking about how the transformation of particular types of loungewear from being everyday pieces of clothing that you wear for yourself to high-end luxury brands you see on red carpet. Take for example, the smoking jackets history off and on thought the decades as acceptable for black tie events, or the white T-shirt and jeans in the 80's and 90's to now the luxury sweatpants and hoodie in the 00's and 10's. I hope Mina sees this as a topic to cover. lounge wear to high end event wear!
Mina is blessing us with more content AND a podcast? So freaking excited.
the amount of research that is done in every video is so so beautiful. would love to see a video how you and your team approach research and writing the script. I assume it's a well oiled system because of how much content you create.
lots of love
Omg it's wild how I grew up around sneakerheads that would take SO much pride in taking care of their Air Force Ones, Adidas, Phat Farm/Baby Phat, and Puma sneakers. Then I hung out with skaters who took pride wearing out their sneakers...now I don't wear anything other than Tamara Mellon shoes, heels, and boots 😂💕
that "wearing out their sneakers" is really interesting to me. i think these contrasts also point to the notions of social/economic status that mina mentioned. people that take pride in wearing them out, are probably wealthy/well off & don't even think abt the fact that other ppl want to take care of their shoes so meticulously 👀
I was literally thinking about this so much this week bcuz my feet have been HURTING. I walk and use public transit, I love to always serve a look and none of my shoes (even broken in) are comfortable for long periods of time EXCEPT my gym shoes. I think I’ll try those jelly insoles
After the misfortune of my ballet flats getting absolutely destroyed when I was working at a stand in a park and it started raining, I swore that I'll never sacrifice cuteness for practicality. The soles of my shoes fell off when I walked to the bus station!
I was hoping the use of platform heels by SWers would be mentioned! 😭 It’s such an interesting case of taking something that should be VERY impractical and making it practical. They make the wearer taller and harder to miss on stage or walking through a club, they can hook around poles or be grabbed during a hold to make pole performance easier, they can be banged against the ground during floorwork to attract attention and take up space with a loud noise-its really cool stuff!
I'm Japanese Canadian and wear cheat geta with my yukata in the summer (instead of being wood, they're actually a plastic foam material which is very modern and not traditional at all but much more comfortable) and I still end up with blisters. I used to wear them anyway for the look and accuracy, but at this point I kinda wanna just wear my sketchers from winners.
Listened to the first episode of high Brow already! You're crushing it! Love love LOVE the work that you do, really insightful and fun listen. Thank u!
i just wanted to say that i think mina looks absolutely gorgeous in this video. the bows in her hair are so cute i cant.
also i love how diverse the examples were!
I wore the Loewe balloon shoes 29:11 for an editorial and they are SOOO HARD TO WALK in, the balloons are long and keep going under your feet so you’re basically tripping over the shoe itself
Mina, this is extremely well written by far one of your most full of information videos with a well rounded perspective on the history of impractical shoes from all over the world, but still ties in to the modern day like I know you always do so so well! plus wow the video editing colors and pictures are fanstastic! I love this and can't wait to listen to the highbrow podcast!
I really appreciate these analyses that you put together. They’re creative, thorough and full of information and are actually valuable and worth while. Thank you for putting out content that actually contributes to the online world!
Can you do a video on the fascination with expensive, neutral coloured basics and sweats and everyone from Kim Kardashian to Clip-Sharers creating fashion companies based on this aesthetic.
I wear sneakers tshirts and jeans most of the time, but my favorite thing in world are a pair of 5" stripper boots/heels! Its my guilty pleasure but I always wondered what drew me to something so impratical, lol. Thank you for this exploration
About Naomi’s infamous fall for Vivienne Westwood she actual fell because her vinyl tight caught each other and not because of the shoe, however it has made such an impact that designers called Naomi and asked her if she would fall on the runway for them
i love how mina answers questions like this bcs i never knew i needed it until now
Mina: "I hope I'm not speaking as like the only person, but it does make me a little uncomfortable when I see a shoe that looks very difficult to clean or a very expensive shoe out and about in the city, because I understand the risk it takes to do that, but if you are comfortable with doing that, it is kind of a flex because you're like 'yeah I don't care about ruining my $5,000 pair of shoes, because I can just afford another pair.'"
Carrie Bradshaw: ..... 👀
Who gets exited when Mina post a new video?! ❤🙌🏽🌻 love this content ❤
Mina thank you so much for sharing our cultures use of beading and moccasins 😊😊🧡
Wasn't expecting representation like that wow 🧡🧡
Edit: and for bringing awareness to the stolen pieces of cultures all across Turtle Island and the world over
Double edit: I got to learn about other cultures too this is awesome!!
Really liked this video! There's another interesting video by Nicole Rudolph about why modern heels fit so badly. She compares old shoe models with modern ones. In my opinion, it's worth watching if someone wants to dig deeper into this topic.
Cinderella is Quentin Tarantino's biggest cinema inspiration. Forever sharing their love for feet.
aaa this video is so good !! i went in thinking "i already know why, but i'll watch anyways" and came out having learned many new things. i really appreciate this look at many cultures & time periods!
Also. Thank you for the colossal work you did for the poscast ep on diet colture 🔥 As a survivor of ED and stupid diets in my group of friends as a teenager I still get very trigghered at the way this recoil is soubtly making his way back. I try to explain to people Why this is important but they don’t seem to care as much as the ones Who experienced it in person. My brother for istance. He is booksmart and this kind of content you put out could educate people like him.
The tweet about how seeing a rat scurrying across your shoes is a New York shooting store is sending me 💀 Also reminds me of a tweet saying that Timbs are popular in New York to prevent the rats from biting your toes
Fav episode I’ve seen in a minute. Could have been an hour long !! I love all topics that remind me that we’re just weird animals
It would've been cool to see clips of people walking in those historical shoes! Back in the Tumblr-girl fashion era, I bought these platform Mary-Jane-esque Jeffrey Campbells with 8 inches at the heel (I don't remember the name). I was trying to get used to them by walking around my apartment and nearly broke my back when I tripped with a full plate of food in my hands and folded full scorpion into the tile floor. Needless to say, they never saw the light of day again, but it took me years to finally and reluctantly let them go 😩
I really love how much care you put in your episode, the history and story you provide us are fascinating.
What a great video :D Mina's videos are always Super interesting and provide so much amazing insight into their topics, from many culturally different viewpoints, and this video is no exception. In fact, i think it excels in all of that !!! So much love and many thanks
i was so happy to see guju padukas mentioned!! in addition, there's an old story in which an incarnation of the god krishna washes his ordinary friend's feet when welcoming him into his home as a display of the truedt friendship. ALSO reminds me of a recent tweet where somebody said the barbie movie should have made brand deals quoted over a photo of barbie stepping out of her pink shoes LMAO
I was seriously so thrilled you made this video because I had commented on a video you made about hygiene asking if you could make a video about shoe obsessions and you just went so much deeper than I could have imagined
That was an amazing video essay, Mina! Thank you
I was just thinking yesterday how nice it would be to listen to a podcast by Mina! Thank you for all of your efforts :)
Mina, you fill the M2M shaped hole in my heart! Would love to see a vid on the history of rock ‘n’ roll fashion!
Personally I’ve always loved shoes more than any other part of fashion, (I have way too many lol) but even though I try to find pairs that are really unique and are typically the charm point of my outfits, I still think making them wearable and comfortable is super important.
So I really don’t understand when designers purposefully make them shoes so terrible to wear 🤷♀️
I love Mina’s content SOOOO much!!! Video AND a podcast?? Thank you so much
Mina's description of New York roads had me screaming 😂
Mina I've been secretly hoping you start a podcast one day and here it is! I'm so excited :)
this was super interesting! i do enjoy fashion but I've never looked into shoes that much, but it's interesting to see such an extensive history behind them that looks into so many cultures. will definitely be supporting your podcast, love u mina!
I am beyond excited about this podcast. I enjoy all of your videos and wish to have more content from you because it’s all satisfying. I am going to Spotify now to subscribe and listen to your first two episodes.
Yay!!!! You are doing amazing 🎉😊
I truly love how you went through so many different cultures to show the history and meaning. I feel it added so much and it was very informative as well
Both Vivianne Westwood and Naomi Campbell have said the reason for that iconic fall on the runway was in fact the rubber stockings she was wearing, the rubber gripped (a kind of chaffing of the legs) as she was walking and caused the stumble. So the height of the shoe was not at fault.
Extravagant yet impractical shoes rly are the epitome of “beauty and fashion is pain”
This was fantastic Mina! What a wonderful video! And a podcast that is just longer versions of this??? Sign me up!!
Our moccasins are not impractical at all, Actually the most practical because how we made them originally with quillwork from porcupine quills to how we make them and still make them today are actually the most practical. The designs are on top to show our (an individuals artistry) our family designs, colors and show that we are provided for/can survive. They’re made with different leathers and raw hide and in a way that they’re easily cleaned, water proof, protect our feet from all weather and we can easily make them bigger if needed. We also have winter moccasins.
I would die in the winter without my muks 😭 -25c and they still keep my toes warm
This video has beautiful production quality, Mina! Love all of your graphics, text, and transitions. You are doing a wonderful job elevating your already great videos.
As a fashion nerd myself, i love the history parts of your videos 🙌🏻
this was super interesting! I love how you incorporated history from all around the world. I can always count on you to drop high quality videos
When you commented on the girls dancing barefoot in NY, I istantly remembered, when, as venetian person I had the same reaction when pictures of tourist swimming happlily in acqua alta where all over the internet. Because every Veneto knows how Venetian sewage systems works 😅 and honestly, you can tell from the smell. If I recall correctly that’s another reason Why cioppine went popular in venice. The floor was extremely dirty expecially when water rose!
Ps the podcast is amazing and I Made watercolors portraits of you while listening, to get trought creative block. If you want I can send you or post it! Your ballet platform shoes are amazing they are truly beautiful. I am guilty of the same behaviour with shoe shopping compulsion but then , I end up only wearing convers 😅 also I hate my feet but can’t resist buying sandals, for some reason? Idk I’m broke I should stop. But for some reason shoes and books are like crack to me
Love your content so much !! So glad you have a podcast and I will be a week to week listener ! 🎉 congrats and here’s to much success for you going forward ! 🥂
I so love your historical fashion dives 💕 they give me loife
Very happy you are getting the success you deserve! quality content in depth, didactic and entertaining
Just here to say I love you Mina, you truly inspired me a lot with the way you embellish this stories with your voice and pasion about the topic. I don't even care about some topics and I just enter the video because of you, and by the end of the video I am converted into a obsessed fan of the subject😂😂 SO happy to know that we have you also in podcast form. I do prefer video because, this is going to sound so creepy lol, I love to see your face!! It adds to the story somehow. Regardless, I love to see my favorites expand, enjoy and improve. LOVE YOU MINA😚😚
It’s true- she’s expressive so I think it adds to it. Plus when it’s about something so visual actually having the images adds depth to it