I took this photo in New York last fall. The outfit instantly caught my eye, although I’m not sure if I liked it at the time.
A couple of weeks after taking the shot, I was honeymooning in Italy. And I began noticing women there in shoes which in my mind, were “men’s styles”, including worn-looking, clunky high-top sneakers. I was at first dismayed that my paradigm – the Italian woman in elegant, finely-made Prada or Gucci heels – was fading.
Then my perception began to change.
I realized that many Italian women wear sneakers with flair! They manage to look cool and artful in the most casual footwear possible. Now when I look at this photo, I have new eyes. What once looked a little silly to me is cool. I think I would definitely wear it. Funny how we evolve.
What do you think?
In front of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
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