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[Image Description: Top - The top of a gray Converse All Star low-top sneaker. The shoe is laced with white shoelaces that are untried and strewn messily on the top of the shoe. The toe of the show is worn in an uneven slant. There is a large black scuff on the tip of the white toe cap. Bottom - The sole of a Converse All Star. The tread of the right side of the toe has worn smooth, and there is a hole in the tip of the toe revealing jagged layers of white rubber and canvas underneath.]

My shoes have been given the BLACK SPOT.

THE BLACK SPOT!!!!!!!!!

This can only mean that these shoes are going to die soon because those of us familiar with pirate life, like yours truly, know that the BLACK SPOT certain death. 

Brand: Converse All Stars

Number of Wears: 34

Reblogging my “Shoes as pirates” posts because it’s National Talk like a Pirate Day, and this momentous day must be celebrated.

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One of the shoes in my current pair of Chucks lost an eye today. 

Occupational hazard, I guess.

"I’ve lost me eye, matey," says this shoe to its partner. Reblogging my “Shoes as pirates” posts because it’s National Talk like a Pirate Day, and this momentous day must be celebrated.

cpshoes:

One of the shoes in my current pair of Chucks lost an eye today.

Occupational hazard, I guess.

"I’ve lost me eye, matey," says this shoe to its partner.

Reblogging my “Shoes as pirates” posts because it’s National Talk like a Pirate Day, and this momentous day must be celebrated.

"

CP is such a visible, all-encompassing part of my life, but sometimes it hits me that if a stranger was to walk into my dorm room, they would find almost no evidence of the challenges I deal with every day. If they searched through my drawers, they’d find blister bandaids, athletic tape, and injury wraps, and they might actually assume I’m an athlete.

At least until they found my shoes.

Earlier in the year, I was talking to my mom on the phone when I paused for a moment, took a deep breath and said, “You know the new sneakers I got just before school started? I kind of wrecked them.”

My right shoe, especially, was ruined. My right side is worse than my left, and my unusual gait pattern takes a toll on my footwear (and my feet, but that’s a story for a different day!). They’re worn down in all the wrong places.

My mom was silent for a moment, and then….

"Good!"

I waited to ensure I’d heard her correctly, shocked. “I don’t think you heard me. I wrecked my shoes. Like wore-a-hole-into-them kind of wrecked.”

"I heard you. Congratulations."

Thoroughly confused now, I checked my connection…maybe I was in a dead zone or something, and “I wrecked my shoes” was being transmitted as “I got an A+ on my chemistry exam” (which, for the record, is impossible).

"Mom," I said, slowly and clearly this time. "I wrecked my shoes. My new shoes."

"I know!" she said.
“And those doctors said you might never walk! You go girl!”

"

— Full blog post on Transcending CP.

[Image Description: Top- The bottom of a Converse All Star. The sole is being held on with strips of black duck tape. Bottom - A hand holds the same sneaker at a different vantage point to show that the sole is falling away from the shoe. It’s partner sneaker is in the background.]

Duck tape. The must have fall accessory.

Different Pair of Converse. Different Cost.

Very Different Wear Pattern.

Brand: Converse All Star
Number of Wears: 26

Price: $29.97  (About $20 less than the usual cost for low-tops.)

This article highlights so many issues around the experiences of people with disabled or extraordinary bodies working with things that they were never presumed to be users of in the first place.

Things that are meant to enhance or help can wind up hindering and hurting.

"Born with six toes in each foot, the 18-year-old from a poor family in Jalpaiguri in West Bengal has been forced to run, jump and throw wearing shoes that have affected more than aiding her performance."

The way we have to adapt and push our bodies because there no other options. And, while there are increasing options for normative bodies, they often still don’t work for disabled people.

" ‘Even after all these years, it still hurts every time I put my shoes on," Barman told Reuters in an interview. "It’s worse during the running events. I try to adjust but my toes curl under pressure.’ "

"Her lamentation sounds almost an anachronism in an era when athletes are trying to get the best out of modern sports science and would not compromise on the sports equipments they use."

Many times, customization is not the answer.

"She paused when asked if she tried customised shoes."

"I did try a pair from a local manufacturer. It did not last two days."

Neither is altruism.

"Some local manufacturers have offered to design special shoes for her but Sarkar says excellence needs more than just goodwill."

"I have respect for their emotions but honestly a lot of science and technology go into the making of modern sports footwear and they are not really known for that," said Sarkar."

[Image Description: Athlete Swapna Barman sits on a track putting her cleats on. She has one shoe on already. Her other foot is bare, revealing her six toes.]

[Image Description: Top - The top of a gray Converse All Star low-top sneaker. The shoe is laced with white shoelaces that are untried and strewn messily on the top of the shoe. The toe of the show is worn in an uneven slant. There is a large black scuff on the tip of the white toe cap. Bottom - The sole of a Converse All Star. The tread of the right side of the toe has worn smooth, and there is a hole in the tip of the toe revealing jagged layers of white rubber and canvas underneath.]

My shoes have been given the BLACK SPOT.

THE BLACK SPOT!!!!!!!!!

This can only mean that these shoes are going to die soon because those of us familiar with pirate life, like yours truly, know that the BLACK SPOT certain death. 

Brand: Converse All Stars

Number of Wears: 34

This project is too cool. I love the idea of components being submitted from all over the world and connected via a unifying connection mechanism. The idea is to create “collective collaborative design, unconstrained by geographical separation – a dress telling countless stories from all around the world.”

I would love to do a project similar to this, but with the specific intent of creating shoes that work for diverse gaits.

It could happen.

Stay tuned.

[Image description: A high heeled sandal with a removable ankle brace. The aesthetics of the shoe reference orthopedic/ rehabilitation devices.]
Originally written for Threadbared.
Kokon to Zai orthopedic heels, as seen on I’M REVOLTING, photographs by Shop It Right Now. I am considering, among other things: the figure of the disabled body as a problematic metaphor; the eroticization of medical apparatus as well as the disabled body; phenomenological prosthetics that transform consciousness of self in the world; the blurring of the always precarious line between medical-surgical discourses of necessary utility and rehabilitation and “elective” aesthetics and beauty; clothing (and shoes) as armor against access and intimacy; Seoul’s pink parking spots designated for women in high heels; and finally, this quote from Rosemary Garland Thomson:

“Many parallels exist between the social meanings attributed to female bodies and those assigned to disabled bodies. Both the female body and the disabled body are cast within cultural discourse as deviant and inferior; both are excluded from full participation in public as well as economic life; both are defined in opposition to a valued norm which is assumed to possess natural corporeal superiority.”

–Rosemary Garland Thomson, 1997, “Feminist Theory, the Body, and the Disabled Figure,” The Disability Studies Reader, Ed. Lennard J. Davis (New York: Routledge, p. 279)
If you haven’t checked out Threadbared, a fantastic blog that discusses fashion, politics, theory, culture, and beauty, get to it!

[Image description: A high heeled sandal with a removable ankle brace. The aesthetics of the shoe reference orthopedic/ rehabilitation devices.]

Originally written for Threadbared.

Kokon to Zai orthopedic heels, as seen on I’M REVOLTING, photographs by Shop It Right Now. I am considering, among other things: the figure of the disabled body as a problematic metaphor; the eroticization of medical apparatus as well as the disabled body; phenomenological prosthetics that transform consciousness of self in the world; the blurring of the always precarious line between medical-surgical discourses of necessary utility and rehabilitation and “elective” aesthetics and beauty; clothing (and shoes) as armor against access and intimacy; Seoul’s pink parking spots designated for women in high heels; and finally, this quote from Rosemary Garland Thomson:

“Many parallels exist between the social meanings attributed to female bodies and those assigned to disabled bodies. Both the female body and the disabled body are cast within cultural discourse as deviant and inferior; both are excluded from full participation in public as well as economic life; both are defined in opposition to a valued norm which is assumed to possess natural corporeal superiority.”

–Rosemary Garland Thomson, 1997, “Feminist Theory, the Body, and the Disabled Figure,” The Disability Studies Reader, Ed. Lennard J. Davis (New York: Routledge, p. 279)

If you haven’t checked out Threadbared, a fantastic blog that discusses fashion, politics, theory, culture, and beauty, get to it!

[Image Description:  The sole  of a Converse All Star. Parts of the gray canvas upper and a shoe lace are visible beneath the shoe. The toe of the shoe appears to be vanishing.] 

I call this one “Vanishing Act.” 


Because when it comes to making shoes disappear CP is - well - woah oh oh it’s magic, you know.  

Brand: Converse All Stars Number of Wears: 33

[Image Description: The sole of a Converse All Star. Parts of the gray canvas upper and a shoe lace are visible beneath the shoe. The toe of the shoe appears to be vanishing.]

I call this one “Vanishing Act.”


Because when it comes to making shoes disappear CP is - well - woah oh oh it’s magic, you know.

Brand: Converse All Stars
Number of Wears: 33

Image Description: The sole of a worn Converse All Star. There is a hole in the right side of the toe through which layers of the shoe can be seen. Light is reflecting thin rainbows across the shoe.


Rainbows don’t discriminate.

Brand: Converse All Stars Number of Wears: 32

Image Description: The sole of a worn Converse All Star. There is a hole in the right side of the toe through which layers of the shoe can be seen. Light is reflecting thin rainbows across the shoe.


Rainbows don’t discriminate.

Brand: Converse All Stars
Number of Wears: 32

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