Category Archives: Fashion

no thanks

Women in the United States visit an orthopedic doctor over four times as much as men do with a large number of these visits being for problems associated with wearing high heel shoes. This is one of the best illustrations to show how the love of fashion or beauty can lead to health problems when taken to extremes. Nearly nine out of ten operations done to correct foot problems are for women who wore high heeled and narrow toed shoes on a repetitive basis.

Surgeons are commonly seeing deformities that resemble those that women in China exhibited from having their feet bound. The x-rays of these women didn’t show bone deformities but rather joint problems which is the same thing we are seeing in American women who are wearers of high heel and narrow toe shoes.

boots and Barbara Kingsolver

Excerpt from High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver:

I favor cowboy boots.  I don’t do high heels, because you never know when you might actually have to get somewhere, and most other entries in the ladies-shoes category look to me like Ol’ Dixie and Ol’ Dobbin trying to sneak into the Derby, trailing their plow.  Cowboy boots aren’t trying.  They say, “I’m no pump,and furthermore, so what?”  That characterizes my whole uniform, in fact:  oversized flannel shirts, jeans or cotton leggings, and cowboy boots when weather permits.  In summer I lean toward dresses that make contact with the body (if at all) only on the shiatsu acupressure points; maybe also a Panama hat; and sneakers.  I am happy.


Jewelry by Delfina Delettrez is quite different from traditional jewelry.

Interesting . . . a silver skeletal  hands belt . . .

squaw dress, huaraches, concho belt – and youth


The 1950s!

Squaw dress, huaraches, concho belt – youth (youth is fleeting, you know) . . .

Huaraches, traditional handmade Mexican sandals with woven leather tops, have been around for hundreds of years and were popular among Mexican villagers and peasants.

Concho belts are a uniquely Southwestern art form, dating back to the Bosque Redondo period of Navajo history. With their simple tools and forges, Navajo and Zuni silverworkers were able to create bold and intricate pieces that were always among their owners’ most prized possessions. Though modern pieces are often shoddy and garish, the best antique belts have an understated yet distinctive look unlike anything else.

squaw dresses . . . and sandals . . . and youth


squaw dresses and adorable sisters and moccasins


my beautiful younger sister - wearing one of her squaw dresses

the squaw dress – and ballerina shoes

During my teen years, I must have had a dozen different squaw dresses.  My mother was a marvelous seamstress and made all of my clothes.  We would wear squaw dresses with concho belts, turquoise and silver jewelry and I generally wore beaded moccasins.

My!  The fifties!!

believe the shoes are black ballerina shoes (ballerina shoes are BACK!)

believe the shoes are black ballerina shoes (ballerina shoes are BACK!)