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A Walk On The Wide Side
Member Name: assethound
Date: 15/05/01, updated on 15/05/01 (232 review reads)
Advantages: Very comfortable, long lasting, god quality
Disadvantages: Too wide for some
Being fashionable is an art form for some - for others they become fashionistas for a brief period of their lives, only to fizzle out and become all too human again.
The 1980s ushered in a time when I was truly fashionable.
Hair - flat top (this came after the Bonoesque cut gelled hairspayed and backcombed until it had to be flattened using the spilt pint of lager bowl-head technique.)
Clothes - leggings, black poloneck jumper, short skirt - ah heaven).
Make-up - white pancake foundation, mucho eyeliner, pale lipstick.
Footwear - the totemic and ultra cool DMs.
To complete this look I wore very thick socks - often two or more pairs at a time.
This was the only problem with the Doc Marten shoe.
After a couple of weeks they were enormously comfortable - and I was never without them when marching against Apartheid, the Tories, in support of the Miners and more - but I could only wear them with huge amounts of sock in place.
DMs are really only suitable for those with average or wider than average feet.
My feet have always been very slim (AA - when they still did that fitting as a child, and now a C) and to my eternal regret, the DM was only for me with a woolly Wonder Bra in place.
If you can't wear DMs because your feet are too skinny like mine - do not despair.
Suitable alternatives are:
Monkey Boots (if they still make them - haven't seen a pair in years, although these were still a little on the wide side).
and my favourites: Kickers.
Kickers do a black ankle height boot that is an extremely slim fitting, and they fit my skinny feet perfectly.
Looks like I will miss out on being a fashionista yet again because of the feet - but what is new - my entire childhood was one long letch through shoe shop windows coveting the unattainable average shoe.