Tuesday, November 13, 2012

It's Hard to be Original

How do you walk in these?

I realized the other day that I’m not very original. I don’t have too many original thoughts or deeds. On the plus side at least I’m predictable. There is a lot of emphasis placed on being original, to be the first, to come up with an idea that no one else came up with before. I’m not sure that it is always a good thing. All this pressure can sometimes create some really awful creations. Case in point, an article on the worst shoe designs of all time and they had some doozies.


While some of the shoes were just ugly, others were downright dangerous. There was a pair of shoes with no arch support. How is someone supposed to walk when there is a missing piece right in the middle of your shoe? I find heels hard enough to navigate in on lumpy city sidewalks, throw in a missing arch and I’ll probably do a face plant. I’m not sure if the designer was going for an “OMG what were they thinking” or they were just trying to be one of a kind. See what I mean when I say that being original is not what it's cracked up to be.

 Who thinks these shoes are ugly?

There are the ugly shoes that are now ubiquitous such as Uggs, Crocs, and those weird looking toe shoes that are for running. Most everyone either loves them or loves to hate them. Usually ugly shoes that become popular have one major thing in common, they’re super comfortable. I have a couple of pairs of Uggs, but I won’t wear them out of the house. The reason I’ve succumbed to this boots is the comfort factor. They are so comfortable I will wear them all day if possible.


So when I see a designer trying to be tricky with a pair of shoes I have to give them credit for trying something new. If they make them comfortable enough there is probably a market. People might buy them regardless of whether they look good or not. If the shoes are ugly but make a statement, such as I have more money than Warren Buffet, then they might be a hard sell. While it is true that there are people with no taste but tons of money, they might be hard to find. Chances are they aren’t trying to sell the ugly shoe, they’re just trying to be unique.
Very unique, but be careful when you cross your legs

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