dressed up like a lady: Singer's Shoes

Mar 21, 2014

Singer's Shoes

When our band plays out, we don't do a 30 minute set with three other bands, like most local rock shows. The Canastas play for four hours, from 10-2, providing constant music for the bar. People dance and party all damn night, like they used to do when dancing to live music was a thing, before discos and clubs and DJs. Some venues have said we turn the place into a juke joint. I'm fine with that description.


Experiments in rock and roll fashion: trading in my heels for these weirdo flatforms

I love it. Playing by the hour lets us spend even more time doing what we love. Also, it pays pretty well, at least compared to most rock shows, which don't really pay at all. It's so much fun to lead the crowd as they dance and rock out. I've played many gigs over the years to people quietly drinking PBR, staring at the stage. At our shows, the floor is so packed with dancing people, if I gesture I might accidentally smack someone.

But 4 hours is a long time to be on your feet in high heels, and MC has been imploring me for the past two years to switch to flats. Guys do this a lot-- always with the "Those are kind of impractical," and the "You're just as sexy in sneakers or flats," acting conveniently oblivious to the elongation factor, let alone the obvious sex-bomb quality you get with heels, which is what I want sometimes (no shame -- I'm grown). What they're really saying is "I'm terrified by how painful those look." And in fairness, after 4 hours, some of them are painful.

MC also points out that I can't jump around or dance as effectively in high heels. FUCK. He really has a point on that one. 

The author is seen performing in various examples of inadvisable footwear.

We're playing out more and more lately, so I thought I'd at least give myself another option. I looked around for some deals and scooped up a couple pairs of Doc Martens (which I'll be posting shortly!), and these totally ridiculous flatform hi-tops from MIA. This is rock and roll, after all.

Lately, I wear mostly metallic disco pants on stage (like the ones in that bottom, middle pic in the collage). I have them in many colors. I'll get some shots of my new shoes with them after our shows this weekend. But for now, here are my new kicks with my usual winter uniform.

 





I must state for the record that I love Cammila's outrageously high heels. I've always gone more for overt, no-apologies sexiness than for more coy, demure styles. Cammila's dangerously tall shoes broadcast power and ownership. But let's be honest, she really doesn't need them to convey her confidence and allure! And needless to say, speaking more literally, she looks just as sexy in sneakers and jeans. So I'd much rather she save her beautiful feet any pain and while she's at it, free herself up to move. Give the people what they want. ;)  -MC



P.S. Michigan folks be warned: The Canastas are playing tonight at Mash from 10-2, and Saturday at Bar Louie from 9:30-1. 

14 comments :

  1. Don't do it! Have you tried wedges? I have a pair of 3 1/2" black patent wedges from Max Studio and they are the comfiest shoes ever. I can't say I've performed a rock show in them but I've rocked out in them! They have definitely taken a beating. Best part is I don't have to sacrifice the sex-bomb factor :)

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    1. That's a good point -- I don't have any wedges, I should try them out. I wasn't clear at all about this part, but I was kind of thinking I'd pull out these sneakers later in the night -- like for the 1-2AM set, when everybody's too drunk to notice my shoes anyway. But I'll definitely have to consider the wedges, especially if the could last me all night without having to think about it. Thanks for the idea, Debbie! :)

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  2. I like your "stage" outfits, but I believe it is hard walking the entire night in high heels. and you're not only standing, I suppose you're dancing, walking, jumping etc. and although high heels are, in my opinion, more sexy than flats, maybe you can switch into something more comfortable during the night, when you're tired and everyone has already seen your shoes?

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    1. Yeah, that's smart -- changing into the sneakers later in the night, after my feet start hurting. Plus, after all the people in the bar have been partying for a while, they stop noticing most details -- including shoes! ;)

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  3. I was going to suggest wedges as well. More comfortable than heels and you still have the benefit of the elongation. Or even ankle boots with wide heels.

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    1. Alana, we clearly share the same wavelengh. One of the pair of Docs that I scored is a narrow one with a little heel -- admittedly, far more feminine than the crazy sneakers posted above.

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  4. I love the collage of all of your stage outfits! Could you maybe do heels from 10-12 and then kick them off and switch to flats for 12-2?! I do love the studded wedge sneakers, so awesome :)

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    1. Yeah, that idea was sort of vaguely floating in my mind when I posted this, and when you ask it so plainly, it seems obvious! Honestly, I hadn't though it through very much, but the first few sets of the night are much more laid back, so I don't have to worry about jumping and dancing and stuff until things pick up later in the evening anyway! Thanks, Nicola. What would I do without you guys? :)

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  5. Though I am not on facebook, A showed me the post where you linked to this. Did you notice that between your facebook and blog feedback, the males all encourage you to wear comfy shoes and the females clamor for high heels? BTW you can include me in that breakdown. I love a gal in combat boots.

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    1. Ha! I hadn't noticed that, Brandon.

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  6. 4 hours! Thats a looooooooooooooooooooong set!! I'm super impressed that you've managed to rock out in heels for longer than two (thats pretty much my limit if i'm dancing). Love the flatforms, they make a great alternative :)

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    1. Thanks, Nikki! It's at least good to have backup shoes for those long nights. :)

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  7. Brandon's theory has been debunked by me and the comment above!! Go with the kicks, chica!!

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