Kapi-Mana News : January 10th 2012
10 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 10, 2012 FEATURE (since 1938) A Credit Union is not a Registered Bank. Members Shares are secured by a frst ranking registered Trust Deed. United Credit Union is exempt from the requirement to have a credit rating. As such, the creditworthiness of United Credit Union is not rated by a rating agency approved by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand under Section 157J of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989. or visit us at 21 Broderick Road, Johnsonville Talk to us first about a Personal Loan at an amazing rate of 3642941AB 20 Main Rd, Tawa • 04 232 8819 • Fu Structura Repair Centre • A Maj r Insurance C mpanies • C urtes Cars A ai ab e UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT 3630132 20 yEARS -- SAME loCATIoN -- SAME GREAT SERvICE 4294126AA Heels of all heights and hues By EMMA BEER -- SHOE ENTHUSIAST Shoes ahoy: Cushla Reed has about 120 pairs of shoes in her wardrobe. CONTINUED Page 11 Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik -- these are the shoe gods. Sadly, I don t earn nearly enough to have a pair of these in my wardrobe, but hey, a girl can dream, right? As somewhat of a shoe aficionado [OK, addict] I have become accustomed to the rolling of eyes and shaking of heads as men, and some women, look in wonder at why I feel it necessary to lay down $200 or more for a pair of beautiful new heels. Deciding I am not the only woman to have experienced this, I thought it was about time I looked into why it is that women love shoes so much. To do this, I consulted three experts: Cushla Reed, co-founder of New Zealand shoe brand Minx Shoes. Carolyn Enting, fashion editor at The Dominion Post. Mark Blumsky, former Welling- ton mayor and founder of Mischief Shoes. When I told Mr Blumsky about my idea his response was: It s all about the mirror each sex uses! The mirror, really? A woman will look at herself in a full-length mirror. It s about the total look. A man only looks at himself when he s shaving, or checking if his tie s done properly, he said. Mr Blumsky might not be too far off the mark, with Ms Enting mentioning a mirror as one of her footwear inspirations. While she is a devoted shoe- lover now, Ms Enting said she was a late bloomer to the shoe world. I came to loving shoes quite late in the piece, actually almost as a result of this job, she said. Then once I fell in love with them, they ve become the single most dominant thing in my ward- robe. It also came with getting a full- length mirror and actually seeing how your shoes complete an outfit. I remember reading Marian Keys and she talks about how she d go to bed hugging shoes. And I was reading it going, Who would love shoes that much? That s nuts. Now I understand. But I hug them in shops instead; I ve never gone to bed with a shoe. Not only does she hug shoes, she apparently likes to pet them as well. I often will go into shoe shop and pick up shoes and hug them and stroke them, and then realise I m doing it and go, Oh my god . But then I really know that I love that shoe, Ms Enting said. Ms Reed s appreciation for pretty pumps came at a young age. [The first pair of shoes I loved] were a hardboard, bright red, leather sandal. I was about six or seven. They were for best occasions, but I wanted to wear them all the time. Now I have a 31G2-year-old, and there are no best-occasion shoes. She can wear her frilly, dilly, funky shoes whenever. Choosing a shoe was one of the first things Ms Reed said she did in the morning. I dress from the feet up. Shoes make an outfit; they make the mood for the day. Ms Reed said she remembered her first pair of heels as an adult. The first pair I bought as a grown-up were a red suede pump and they were a size too small. I had them taken to the repairers and put on the stretcher. I stuffed them with wet news- paper, I bought special products. [Nothing worked.] They were the pair of shoes that sat in my car. I d wear them for half an hour then go back to the car and change them! The men are all asking: Why? It s that emotional thing, Ms Reed said, They re red and bold and you feel sexy and fun. It seems a bit ridiculous, though, doesn t it? Squeezing our feet into shoes that are clearly too small, all in the name of looking good?
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