What, in these shoes?
Outlooks; September 2002
I'm madly in love with the selection at Gravity Pope here in Calgary. They also rule the shoe scene in Edmonton and plan to open a Vancouver store very soon. It's every shoe whore's fantasy come true! The collections range from standards like Kenneth Cole, John Fluevog, Blundstone and Diesel to great European lines like Camper, Snipe, MOMA, Mag, CYDWOQ (pronounced sidewalk), Giraudon and Trippen.
According to Jody Kirk, Gravity Pope's Manager, men's shoes are definitely moving toward pointy toes. Jody's eyes lit up as she started to show me the newest arrivals and continued to sparkle as she brought out the pictures of what is to come. These people know shoes. "We are passionate about what we buy and want the client to love them as much as we do" she says.
One of the most interesting lines Gravity Pope carries is called CYDWOQ. The designer is a trained architect who decided to go into his father's shoe business when he couldn't find shoes that he liked for himself. He had an industrial designer create and build the machines to make them. Each pair is done on these machines by hand. "You can't copy these," says Jody, "Aldo and Pegabo definitely cannot copy these!" God I hope not, because this shoe whore is getting himself a pair! The tuxedo shoe is a stunner and all styles are formed to fit the foot like a second skin. This kin of craftsmanship is a rare find these days. My eyes are lighting up right now as I write about them! It's contagious! Visit the store to have your own religious experience with one of their fabulous staff members!
Good shoes are the best fashion investment anyone can make. Whether or not they comment about them to you, people notice your shoes! Do you really want to loose that dream boy at the office because you're wearing the same pair of shoes you wore to your high school prom? I think not! Start with a pair that has a split toe seam detail if you're no too adventurous. Why be boring when you can show a little personality with your footwear? The old adage that you can always tell a lot about a man by his shoes is so true!
And please, do not under any circumstances wear sandals with socks! I'm still lobbying the government to include this faux pas in the criminal code!