Live from BlogHer 2014!
Note: All feet were photographed with permission. No feet were hurt in the making of this post, aside from independent shoe selections.
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I’m a shoe girl. Some might even suggest I have a problem… perhaps a small addiction. I prefer to view it as a deep appreciation for floor-level aesthetics. I’ve been known to meet new friends, based on their shoes. That may seem a tad petty to some, but I would argue that you can tell a lot from shoes; they’ve rarely steered me wrong. I’m certainly not hurting anyone. I’m not a hater; I don’t judge. I do like some shoes more than others, and I tend to be interested in the people who wear them. Let’s be honest here, I’m not alone in my pedal-ardor. (Yes, I did just make that up). I know that there are other women who enter Nordstrom’s shoe department with the same
lustful enthusiastic expression. There are plenty of women who spend much more on their shoes and have a much bigger shoe collection than me; and, there are plenty of women who do not. But in the big picture, I don’t feel any need to apologize for this. To each his own, shoes.
Arriving at the 10th anniversary BlogHer convention, I was a bit unsure about navigating it all on my own. I didn’t come with friends. I only know of one other blogger who will be here– I can’t wait to finally meet Emily, at The Waiting. Another blogger I enjoy, won’t be at BlogHer but will be in the area: Amy, from AmyReeseWrites. BlogHer 2014 is huge! I’ve been wanting to make it to the conference for several years now, and it’s so much bigger than I imagined! More people, more networking, more choices, and shoes beyond my wildest dreams! These ladies brought it, and from what I’ve seen on day 1 and 2, they put a fair bit of thought into their feet. Pedicures in every color, shoes in every shape, size and style! It only took me about an hour inside the San Jose Convention Center to start gawking.
Then… I started taking photos. “Excuse me, can I take a picture of your feet–” My feet? “Well, your shoes?” This is BlogHer; these ladies have a sense of humor! They are open and curious– willing to play along. Many asked right away if I was planning to blog about shoes– they are also a savvy group; they got my angle pretty quickly. Others were confused, unsure, or simply unwilling to go along– “My feet look horrible!” (None did). “Oh, I don’t have a pedicure.” (Who cares? Not me!) But most smiled and planted their feet together, a few posing for good measure. Groups of women moved in together and shared their collective foot portraits. The few men I asked, were amused, but game. One assured me, “Wait until you see what I’m wearing tomorrow! This is nothing!” Given his style for today, I was instantly intrigued!
Several women had stories to tell me about their feet, or their shoes. We’re all bloggers; so we are inherently story tellers. “One of these toes isn’t real,” one stylin’ gal told me. I was mildly shocked, for one second. Maybe ten. I studied her toes, trying to maintain a cool demeanor. They all looked real to me; they all moved. She realized the error and laughed, then clarified: she’d torn one of her big toenails off, gardening, and it had to be surgically removed. When she went for a pedicure recently, they were able to fashion a fake toenail that looks remarkably like the real one. I would never have noticed! Another woman shared that she had found a nail polish called Trolley Carpool. Since we’re near San Francisco, she thought it was perfect for this event. I loved her enthusiasm! Some admitted that their feet hurt, while others shared that they’d chosen comfortable shoes based on previous BlogHer experiences– there’s a lot of walking here!
What amused me most, was that pretty much every one I approached was open to my somewhat odd request, and willing to go along. They were playful and fun to talk to, or completely practical– as if people ask to photograph their feet all the time. “Sure,” quick pose, and “thanks!” There’s an enthusiasm and sense of camaraderie at BlogHer that comes from having nearly 3,000 mostly women bloggers in one place. We support each other, and welcome the support in return. Folks are encouraging and excited to meet you. They are willing to answer a Facebook post (on the BlogHer site) and meet you for dinner on a whim, and then friend you on Facebook. There is a wonderful sense that you are with your tribe, no matter where we all traveled from. And a good many of us thought about our feet!
So, thank you, all of you bloggers who stopped to let me ogle your feet and your shoes. Thanks for letting me take your pictures. Thanks for saying hi, and laughing with me. Thanks for introducing yourselves. Most of you gave me cards, but I really have no idea which cards belong to people who let me take their pictures. If you recognize your twinkle toes here, and you’d like me to add a link to your blog, please leave a comment and let me know which tootsies are yours; I’d be happy to share the fun!
If you’re a shoe
whore fan like me, you might enjoy this video. Warning, strong language, starting at minute 3, but Kelly always makes me laugh.
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After the post: These shoes and feet were just screaming to be added!