Inside Temple’s Secret Shoe Museum

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Slippers worn by an adult woman subjected to Chinese foot binding. | Photo by Lauren McGrath.

Temple’s School of Podiatric Medicine is home to one of Philly’s hidden gems — so hidden, in fact, that the unique charm of the place doesn’t quite hit you until you leave. Temple’s Shoe Museum is a far cry from the pristine halls of Philadelphia’s iconic Art Museum; its artifacts are preserved in a cocoon of cinderblock, yellow fluorescent lights and dusty shelves. The museum curator, Barbara Williams, is a no-nonsense woman who was not too keen on giving me a tour in the first place. (You can only tour the exhibit by appointment  …  with Ms. Barbara.) Crack her shell, however, and you will find that she’s a source of infinite shoe knowledge, so put more time in the parking meter than you think.

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3 Sparkly Reasons to Abandon Your Stilettos for Low Heels Now

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Literal twinkle toes. | Photo by Nell Hoving.

This season, swap spindly stilettos for low pumps that deliver sky-high style sans vertigo. With heels jewel-encrusted, ringed with gems and plated in metal, coming back down to earth has never looked more glamorous.

A styling tip: Don’t reserve sparkle and shine for cocktail parties. The chunky heel and low profile of these pairs mean they work well for daytime, too. Pair with cropped pants or skinny jeans for an instant style upgrade. As for your stilettos? Take them out of your rotation for the next few months. (Your feet will thank you.)  Read more »

Wildwoods to Host Its First-Ever Sneaker Convention

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The first-ever Jus Nice Sneaker Convention is coming to the Wildwoods Convention Center at the end of August. The one-day-only event promises sneakerheads the chance “to buy, sell and trade some of the most unique and high-in-demand sneakers available.”

Organizer and sneaker re-seller Justin “Jus Nice” Roper says he put together the event after attending sneaker conventions in other cities and realizing his town should have something similar. “I know there are a lot of kids around here who want to collect sneakers, but they never had an opportunity to have something like this here,” he says. “Before now, we’ve had to travel three, four hours to get to one.”

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Market Report: The Hair Color Mistake That’s Making You Look Older

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The wrong hair color can be seriously aging. | Shutterstock.

  • Blonder doesn’t always mean better. Turns out, going too light can actually make you look much older than you actually are. Here’s why. [PopSugar]
  • The iconic Chuck Taylor shoe (which is nearly 100 years old!) is getting an update for the first time ever. While the kicks look similar to the originals, the new design features a padded tongue, increased arch support, more durable canvas and a breathable, perforated suede lining. They’ll hit shelves on July 28th. [CNN]
  • My pet peeve: cheap hotel pens, which are so easy to hoard. Same goes for restaurant matchbooks (except for the ones from Parc) and plastic hangers. Here’s a list of the eight home items you need to throw out now. Clutter, be gone! [Refinery29]

Next: The double-bag trend.

We’re Obsessed: Mason Dixon, Philly’s Brand-New Children’s Shoe Company

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Booties for the brood. | Mason Dixon.

Attention, Philly moms: There’s a new, locally made line of children’s shoes coming out soon, and it’s adorable. The company is called Mason Dixon, and it turns out unisex shoes, all handmade by designer Heather Holiday in her Fishtown home studio. It’s a welcome addition to the made-in-Philly childrenswear scene, which includes Pretty Pretty Rebel (for the punk rock princess) and Sweet Luka Mo (for the hip urban tot).

The shoes skew classic; Holiday is focusing mainly on a scaled-down version of a Derby shoe, crafted from European suedes, vegetable-tanned leathers, and durable, plantation crepe rubber soles. But the homespun details set it apart from big-box shoes: hand-cut leather laces, gorgeous leather (as seen on this gold pair, which we wish they made in our size), cute color combos.  Read more »

Let an Artist Custom-Paint a Pair of Chucks For You Tonight at Ubiq

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Andy Warhol’s works of art. | Converse.

A pair of Chucks will arguably never go out of style, especially when they’re works of art. Kick off your holiday weekend by taking a spin over to Ubiq for its final custom Converse event.

Here’s the deal: From 6pm to 10pm tonight, the sneaker boutique is hosting four local artists — Martha Rich, Thom Lessner, Hawk Krall and Andrew Jeffrey Wright — who will create custom designs for shoppers who purchase a new pair of Chucks. Along with music, food and drinks, there’s also a heat press machine on hand, so you can stamp and sign the tongue of your old pairs of Converse. And while you’re there, enjoy 50 percent off select styles (the sale lasts through Monday).  Read more »

Aldo Shoes Opening Walnut Street Location in July So That Everyone May Buy Cork Wedges

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Let the Aldo proliferation begin. (This one’s in Ireland.) | Martin Good / Shutterstock.com

Not all brands are migrating into neighborhoods other than Rittenhouse (see Kit and Ace in Fishtown). In fact, Aldo is doubling its efforts here, opening a second location on 17th and Walnut Street, mere blocks from its spot in Liberty Place.

The store is slated to open in July and, according to a store rep, will carry women’s and men’s shoes, plus accessories like handbags and jewelry. But will a street-front Walnut location harm Liberty Place sales? “We’re not concerned,” says Jessica Pomerantz, an Aldo assistant (who will also — hint, hint — be throwing the grand-opening party, though it will most likely be invite-only). The more the merrier?  Read more »

Mo’ne Davis to Sell, Sign Shoes Tonight to Benefit Nepal Earthquake Victims

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Mo’ne Davis in her sneakers.

It’s official — Mo’ne Davis is the new James Brown. In addition to (deep breath) pitching for the Taney Dragons, playing high school basketball, schooling Kevin Hart at the NBA All-Star Game, writing a book and pardoning the Bloomsburg University baseball player who talked trash about her on Twitter, the hardest working 13-year-old on the planet is both a sneaker mogul and a humanitarian. Read more »

The Edit: 13 Funky Flats to Glam Up Your Wardrobe

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Believe me, I understand the urge to binge-buy sandals after keeping my toes cooped up in layers of wooly socks and boots. But hear me out: a pair of flats with raffia, glitter or quirky embellishments can be just as spring-worthy — and comfortable — as any pair of strappy sandals. Here, 13 pairs that will transform any airy summer dress or jeans-and-tee combo.  Read more »

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