Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Insta-shoes: Through the Sole joins Instagram


I am committed to being where ever Through the Sole's readers are. Thus, this week, Through the Sole joined Instagram.

I'm still getting used to a mobile based service, but am enjoying sharing pictures, including what shoes I wore, and pictures from my blog.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Lady Gaga Returns in Platform Booties

Yesterday, Lady Gaga returned to the lime-light after hip surgery. She appeared on ABC's Good Morning America and debuted the video to her new single, Applause (above). The song is already stuck in my head.

Lady Gaga is known for her shoe choices, from shoes made of meat to heel-less shoes. Shoes similar to hers have sold out.

Given this, I was curious what shoes she would wear. After hip surgery would they be less tall?

Nope! According to Red Carpet Fashion Awards, the singer wore platform taupe suede Alaia booties.

More focus was on her face and dress, but you could see the shoes in the GMA wide shot.

Screen-shot of Lady Gaga on GMA

Monday, August 19, 2013

Shoes for the Royal Baby: Part 3

New photos of the royal baby, Prince George Alexander Louis were released by Kensington Palace today. In a break with tradition, the photos were taken by Michael Middleton, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge's father. 

Unfortunately, the picture's do not show Kate's shoe choice.

According to blog, What Kate Wore, the Princess is wearing a Knot Front Dress by Séraphine Maternity. The dress is $79 and is back ordered until September.

In more shoe related news, I am not the only one to speculate what shoes the royal baby will wear. The baby's shoes are not visible in the new photos. Yet, when I opened Parade Magazine today, I saw the article, What will Prince George Wear?

The Parade article in print.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Giant Ballet Slippers of Saratoga Springs, NY

Dance shoes invade horse town.

Last weekend, I joined in my family's annual tradition of visiting Saratoga Springs, NY. The small town is usually associated with horse racing.

And there off! The beginning of a race at Saratoga Race Course.

In 2002, the town added Fiberglass horses throughout, according to But the town is also home to the National Museum of Dance; so this year they added 24 giant ballet slippers.

A fiber glass horse outside the gate to Saratoga Race Course.

It's an interesting choice figuring the town is also celebrating 150 years of the race track. 

A floor plaque celebrating 150 years of racing. Along with my cute gold sandals.

Most displays of large fiberglass items throughout a town are usually animals, such as NYC's cow parade, and Catskill, NY's cats. Thus, I was so excited to see shoes!

Given it was dark and they were pretty spread out, I only saw four. They were very well done and showed all the things shoes could represent. Each one is 5 ft tall!

Here they are:

Believe in Your Dreams by Jenny McShan

Monday, August 5, 2013

Update: Even More Ways to Decorate with Shoe Art

What do you get when you cross shoe art with shoe quotes? An adorable room sign on shoes!

As I have shared before, I love using shoe related items to decorate. The above sign now decorates my desk and is fun way to add color and bring a smile to my face.

The quote is one way of justifying a love of shoes and is a variation on my all time favorite shoe quote:

And one of my all time favorites, “A pair of shoes can change your life. Just ask Cinderella.” Anonymous

A shoe may not instantly change your life, but it can help. If the shoes give the confidence to help ace that job interview, or to talk to that cute boy, they're a positive influence!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Happy 100 Posts Through the Sole!

Last post was Through the Sole's 100th post! It took over 3 years, but is an important milestone.

Fittingly, the last post was on the shoes Kate Middleton wore to bring her new royal baby home. The Duchess of Cambridge has been the most popular topic on Through the Sole, including the post to get the most hits, The Royal Wedding: Kate Middleton’s Wedding Shoes. The Princess is also the subject of the post to receive the second most hits, Royal Fashion: Kate Middleton’s Shoe Choices.

Lady Gaga rounds out the tops three most hit on posts, Celebrities and Shoes: The Wacky and Inspiring Shoe Choices of Lady Gaga. She is the second most popular topic. 

Other popular topics in this first 100 posts include ice skates, the royal wedding, Jeremy Lin and shoe statistics.

In the first 100 posts I also shared my experiences living through Hurricane Sandy, shoe shopping, and how shoes can make a difference.

Some of the Through the Sole topics may not seem so shoe like, such as the Planned Parenthood and Susan G. Komen for the Cure controversy, but I truly believe you can see the world through the lens of shoes.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Shoes for the Royal Baby: Part 2

Last week, The Duke the Duchess of Cambridge showed off their new baby boy. Later that week, they revealed his name, Prince George Alexander Louis.

Through the Sole wishes Will and Kate all the best.

While the world waited to see the baby, I couldn't help but wonder what shoes the new mom would wear.

Along with her Jenny Packham blue polka dot dress, Kate wore Pied a Terre Imperia wedges in white, according to What Kate Wore. They have a closed toe, with a sling back featuring a buckle. They have straw wedges.