Well-Heeled in Italy

I’m taking liberties by including the phrase “well-heeled” in the name of this recent photo. This two-word adjective most often has been used describing someone who is well off financially – as reflected in the quality of their shoes. However, its origins come from cock fights (check out this link at http://www.saidwhat.co.uk) – yes, cock fights. You see, spurs would be added to help them fight. Hence “well-heeled”.

As I study the prevalent sense of fashion here in Italy, I see much of it begins with the shoes. Most self-respecting Italians wouldn’t dream of being out and about with boring or crappy shoes – as evidenced by the two well-heeled women in this photo. You can’t see their faces, but I assure you they are well into their fifties. Fashion isn’t reserved for the youngsters and I love how these women boldly and comfortably opt for sexy dresses and shoes that show off their legs (which often are kept in fine form by being part of a culture that embraces walking vs. opting for hopping in a car).

My favorite Italian fashion scenario to happen upon is an Italian wedding. I love snooping around to see the decked out crowd – men and women alike. It’s not unusual to see attendees standing outside (taking a break from the wedding in progress) to have a cigarette and/or check their cell phones. For me, this is one of the best “catwalks” for checking out the latest Italian fashions. Hint, stay tuned for a future post about Italian fashion using Italian weddings as a backdrop.

In closing, I pay tribute to the Italians’ seemingly uncanny ability to effortlessly express fashion sense. I can’t articulate the exact “how” or “why”, but I sense it is hard-coded into the DNA of the culture. It doesn’t mean that fashion tragedies can’t be witnessed on the streets here – I just find it’s a pretty rare occurrence.

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By |2019-04-02T11:42:57+02:00March 1st, 2016|Black & White, Fashion in Italy, Photography Posts|6 Comments

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  1. Anita March 2, 2016 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Ciao! To heel or not to heel.. thats the question! Very nice..yes ageed, love the fashion show day & night! Have cappuccino and watch the beauty go by! Grazie Jed! A presto Anita

    • Jed March 2, 2016 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      It’s an endless parade here. Even going to the gym yields fashion statements! Hope all is well, Jed

  2. Nancy March 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Jed, I have a birds eye view of weddings here since we live above the Comune where we have them every Saturday and sometimes Sunday. I love to watch them from above. I am told that you are buried Friday, married Saturday and christened Sunday. I have not been to a christening but am told it is THE place where the Italians really let it all hang out fashion-wise. They all wear formal attire. I had no idea…

    • Jed March 2, 2016 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      Ciao Nancy, I’m envious you have such a front row seat, and great vantage point to watch weddings. I would be in heaven with a good zoom lens! Hope all is well in Umbria! Jed

  3. Linda Dini Jenkins March 1, 2016 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Grazie! And how they walk in those heels on those cobblestone streets is beyond me . . . but I do love to see it!

    • Jed March 1, 2016 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      Ciao Linda, Indeed, what finesse and skill they must have to not sacrifice fashion for the challenges of Italian streets! Baci, Jed

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