Sandra Bullock in Antonio Berardi at Hand and Footprint Ceremony

Posted on September 26, 2013

God, maybe we should just give up on the whole shoe issue. We’re banging our heads against a stone wall and pissing in the wind at the same time and darlings? That hurts.


Sandra Bullock attends Hand and Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre Celebrating the Release of “Gravity” in Hollywood, California in an Antonio Berardi dress paired with Jimmy Choo shoes and Martin Katz jewelry.


Look, let’s settle this right now because our take on red carpet footwear is the one thing that our readers most consistently take personally, probably because most of y’all aren’t wearing couture gowns during your workday. We will repeat the mantra that should be cross-stitched and hung in the hallowed, marble  halls of T Lo International: DARLING, IT IS SO NOT ABOUT YOU.

The red carpet world – and the life of a celebrity generally – is so far removed from the real world and its issues, concerns, and practices, that we honestly don’t believe the two can be compared in any meaningful way. Take a good look at Sandy there for a second. We always tell people this when they ask us about the red carpet in order to put it in some perspective: This outfit is roughly about as planned and at least as expensive as the average bridezilla’s look on her wedding day. Chances are, she had her hair and makeup professionally done and her dress, shoes, and jewelry (which is likely to collectively cost as much as a car) professionally put together for her; all in service to the idea of looking like the best person in the room and looking her absolute best for pictures. It is exactly the same as a wedding day; the only area of the real world that comes close to the day-to-day style and image practices of the average celebrity. But most brides plan that day for years and save money for at least as long. For the vast majority of women, their wedding day is the day they got the most dressed up, spent the most money on themselves, and had the most attention paid to them. That’s what every public appearance is like for a celebrity, except unlike your trousseau, all the elements of her outfit were pretty much handed to her for free, by people who claim to be experts on putting outfits together.

Now do you see why we’re such bitches? Antonio Berardi/Jimmy Choo/Martin Katz jewelry. That’s your wedding outfit times ten. That’s your prom outfit times about a thousand. That’s the most dressed up most people ever get – and then some. And that’s just for sticking her hands in some wet cement. When you get to things like major film premieres and awards shows, the only weddings you could reasonably compare it to tend to revolve around European royalty or oil sheiks.

Our point is, when we rail against matchy shoes, for instance, that’s because we’re looking at insanely high-end items being worn for a photographed public appearance. We honestly don’t even notice when, say, a lady passes us on the street in matchy shoes. She’s not making a public appearance. She’s not a celebrity. No one cares how her shoes look in pictures. We sure don’t. If she likes her outfit and the way she’s accessorized it, good for her.

So yeah. This is a very chatty and long-winded way of saying those matchy purple shoes just look silly to us in these pictures. Too focus-pulling. And besides, if we were really bound to the idea of matching the shoes to the dress, we would have picked a pair to pull the chartreuse out, rather than the purple.

Great dress, though. Her flat iron needs a vacation.




[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PRPhotos]

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  • veriance

    I love the last picture. ~facepalm~ Maybe she’s doing the purple matchy shoes as a statement since they are now ruined with concrete?

    • JMB_edits

      I was thinking, “Hope she didn’t just cement her hand to her face!”

    • Kathy_Marlow

      I thought the same thing, if you’re going to ruin a pair of shoes with cement, that would be the pair.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Well those are the perfect pair of shoes to ruin in concrete.

    • GorgeousThings

      Exactly what I was thinking! If you’re going to ruin shoes, make them matchy suede shoes that cost more than my monthly mortgage payment.

    • poggi

      Actually I think the perfect shoes to ruin in concrete are anything you didn’t pay for and do not have to replace.

    • formerlyAnon

      That was *precisely* the comment I was going to make, and really the only comment I have.

  • Unity

    2nd to last photo…her arms are amazing! Love the dress but yes, the shoes need to go.

  • I guess she didn’t like them either – suede shoes for standing in cement?

    On the other hand, LOVE the dress, hair is too flat and she seems to be wearing Marcia Gay Harden’s face.

  • BayTampaBay

    Well at least the shoes seem to fit her. I will give her (or the stylist) that much.

  • thecitysleeps

    That dress is so pretty. And I have to agree about the shoes just because the purple is too bright and attention seeking.

  • SewingSiren

    I like the dress alright and the shoes don’t bug, but the princess seams on the dress want pressing. The way they turn in at the hem makes it look like a mattress or something.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I don’t think a simple pressing would do the trick on that problem. I’m thinking in that somewhat stiff brocade that the front panel needs to be smaller at the bottom. If it were a softer fabric it would be fine.

    • Janet B

      The seams look like the times I just had enough time to sew a costume, but not to finish it.

    • Angela Langdale

      I covered up the dress, and I liked her head and feet, then I covered up her face and feet, and lo and behold, for me, it’s the dress that is kinda ooky. On these “seamed to the front” dresses, I like the side panels darker and the front lighter, to give the best optical illusion. This one is the opposite color scheme, and the fabric does seem stiff and weird. But I still love Sandy no matter what! I like her comedies, her action-girl persona, her time-traveler ones, and she is even good at dramatic roles, who’da thunk it! She is still seems more “down-to-earth” than other celebs.

  • Jacquelyn

    The dress is fine and yes I too would have gone with another color of shoe to offset the explosion of the purple. I haven’t seen her with her hair anything but down and flat in awhile.

    • ringthing

      Yes and it’s sad, because if I recall correctly her hair is naturally curly. I can see where she wouldn’t want a head full of frizz, but sexy waves seem like they’d be pretty easy to do. The flat hair makes her seem really severe. And she looks so uptight here, but that dress prohibits taking a deep breath.

  • AmeliaEve

    My real problem is that, at least in this light, the purples do not actually match. The shoes seem much brighter than the dress.

    • BayTampaBay

      I agree: The purples, for whatever reason, do not match.

  • Apart from looking as though she would rather be nearly anywhere but where she is just then, I got no complaints, myself.

    • formerlyAnon

      It’s not fair, but that’s half of my positive feelings for her. She almost always looks like she’s doing her best to get with the program and put on her game face and listen to all the nice people hired to turn her out nicely – but somehow she just can’t get all the way there.

      I understand that for a lot of people, that’s *exactly* what bugs about her. But I find it endearing.

      • Sunraya

        I can’t speak for others, but for me, actors get a ridiculous amount of money for doing something that is completely unnecessary for a society to function. I remember Julia Roberts complaining about all of the media attention she got all of the time. I thought, “Julia, go become a teacher, or a dental hygienist, and no one will bother you again.” Of course, then she wouldn’t get 10,000 dollar dresses for free, $700 shoes, would have to worry about making her mortgage each month, and sending her kids to college. It seems ungrateful somehow for people who get rich from others appreciating their acting to be curmudgeonly about public appearances. It is part of their job!!

        One who seems to realize that she is in an enviable position, and will probably be badgered every day of her life is Cathy Cambridge, Duchess. I don’t think I have ever seen a photo of her where she isn’t either smiling, or looking incredibly interested, no matter how dull. The girl won in the Game of Life, and she seems to know it and appreciate it! Grumpy celebs can just crawl back to anonymity, in my humble opinion, or appreciate how good they have it in many ways that ordinary people struggle.


        • formerlyAnon

          I don’t entirely disagree. I only enjoy fashion/celebrities by exercising a deliberate suspension of – not disbelief, but maybe a suspension of reality & sense of proportion?

          But I’m pretty sure that if my talents & work had put me in a position to make big name films for super-big money, it would take me decades before I’d be able to turn my back on that even if I hated the celebrity stuff. (I’ve hung onto several “wrong for me” jobs for lesser payoffs, so I’m actually very sure about that.) We’re not equally good at all parts of our jobs, and if you see yourself as an actor, that’s probably the most important thing to you and all you can do is your best at the rest. Hence, I like Bullock when she looks like she’s trying. For me that’s different from obviously not trying.

          (I totally agree that “Cathy Cambridge” is a pro, and stone cold amazing at playing her role.)

        • Tigrrl

          I’m disagreeing with you, not because I think celebrities should be able to complain, but about the “doing something that is completely unnecessary.” I think that Art is absolutely necessary. Granted, there are many actors who get into the work in order to become famous, but those aren’t usually the most talented ones. Acting is not really a totally easy thing to do, though it might seem like something effortless.

          • Denise Alden

            I’m confused now about if I’m agreeing/disagreeing, but do believe that “art is absolutely necessary.” I just don’t think that most movies made here are art, nor movie stars artists.

          • Sunraya

            I also love art, but it is not as necessary as farming, or home building, or medicine, etc. I adds to life, but is not vital to life. None of us would die if no movies were made.

            Sorry for the hijack. 🙂

          • formerlyAnon

            I totally agree with you on this. Though also I believe we would instantly re-invent art as we told each other stories, sang, held celebrations, and incorporated decoration, proportion, etc. in the utilitarian. And fairly quickly re-invent the artist and artistry as a profession. It’s what humans do and it’s the streak of glorious that coexists with our generous streaks of horrible and horrifying.

          • Alloy Jane

            I disagree with art not being vital to humanity. Examples of beauty become more necessary the uglier the world gets. They are symbols of hope, and for some people, are signs of god amid the horrors of global conflict. Now, none of us would die directly if no more movies were made, but the world would be a lesser place without that creative, escapist outlet. And that’s not even taking into account what would happen to the hundreds (thousands?) of behind-the-scenes workers who slave to create movies with none of the glory that celebrities receive. But beyond movies specifically, I’ve known too many people who have found salvation in a song or a photograph to think that art isn’t vital to human existence.

            And hey, the best of any craft is an artist in their own right.

      • rainwood1

        I’m with you all the way. I like those actresses who really don’t want to be mannequins. People say that actresses have always had to be fashion billboards, but it’s been amped way up in the last decade or so, and I don’t think every actress should have to take it so seriously. If what you want to do is act and are good at it (and I think Sandy is), you shouldn’t have to starve yourself into runway samples and spend a small fortune on a stable of stylists just to be in the game. So Sandy, Meryl, Michelle Pfeiffer, and the like I find endearing too. They’re doing what they’re forced to do but they don’t have to like it.

  • Meredith

    You guys make me feel like I must be doing and looking PRETTY good for myself, seeing as manage completely without those “luxuries” you described….thanks!

    • VioletFem

      All the more reason to be bitchy about celebrities who can’t ever seem to get it right with all the money, free luxuries and stylists that is available to them.

      • marlie

        Yep. That’s my issue so much of the time too. I don’t know how many times I said out loud “they PAID someone to dress them this way?!?!”

    • Sunraya

      When I am walking down the street, I imagine paparazzi taking pictures of how I look, and I am always so glad I am not famous!!! I do OK, but really don’t worry about it often. I can’t imagine getting dressed up for grocery shopping like Reese Witherspoon does!

  • GorgeousThings

    Can I just say? I love the fact that (unlike, say, Ms. Nicole), she doesn’t overly botox her forehead.

  • BrooklynBomber

    I’m wondering if the shoes looked better in person….. though it’s hard to imagine. Now that they’ve stepped in concrete they’ll probably be retired anyway. I can just see them on a little stand with a plaque saying “Sandra Bullock’s Chinese Theater Shoes.” But even more important: what is this “TLC Chinese Theatre”? It’s Grauman’s Chinese to me, and always will be!

  • farmgirlindc

    This just might be my favorite post. “Now do you see why we’re such bitches? Antonio Berardi/Jimmy Choo/Martin Katz jewelry. That’s your wedding outfit times ten.”

    • BayTampaBay

      Don’t ya just love our crazy gay uncles!!!!

  • Terri Terri

    She looks good to me!

  • queeniethebold

    Meh on this look. Not memorable but OK. Except for the shoeses. Hee!

    What i love about this post is Tom and Lorenzo’s explications about real people’s style and celeb style. It’s this kind of commentary that’s so excellent about you two and that distinguishes you from just about everyone else. (Well, and the scathing, finely honed, always-perfectly-executed bitchiness, of course.)

    i’m on the advance order list (or whatever it’s called at Amazon) for your book and can hardly wait!

  • Trousseau is such a pretty word. Thank you for using it.

  • MoHub

    I’d rather she kept the shoes and ditched the flatiron.

  • Probably she didn’t like the shoes enough to step in cement in them 🙂

  • boweryboy


  • Erica_Vuitton

    This looks like a very chic Easter outfit. Maybe the shoes had to be a bright color for contrast in the photo ops? Also… I can’t explain why but I hate her Vogue cover even more now that I realize they had her in a wig.

  • VioletFem

    Now I’m wondering who on this website was taking the fashion critiques about celebrities personally. Also, I like the shoes, but not with this outfit. In fact, I barely notice the dress because of the choose.

    • formerlyAnon

      I’m guessing they’re just referring to the many of us (guilty) who often refer to their own recalcitrant reliance upon/preference for matchy-matchy. I don’t *think* they’re talking about anybody who’s retired, stricken, to their therapist’s office over it. 😉

      • marlie

        For the regular person, it’s still about interpreting one’s individual style. My sister is ALL about matchy-matchy accessories, and makes sure that her purse, belt and shoes are the same color. I’m more of a contrast kind of person. BUT, neither of us are paying an “expert” an obscene amount of money to makes sure that we look on-trend and current, every time we go to work.

      • demidaemon

        To be fair, the trolls have been coming out of their caves a bit more this month. Maybe it’s the Miley coverage, maybe it’s that time of year. If it’s irritating for me to read, I can’t imagine having to try to moderate it and come up with new posts right after Fashion Week. Keep doing the good work, TLO!

  • ballerinawithagun

    I love the shoes and they probably matched the purple in the dress perfectly, but as we all know matchy-matchy does not the best ensemble make. A darker blue violet would have been better. The chartreuse would have been too bright in the heat of the mid-day sun also.

  • Sunraya

    I love your explanation. It really is true, and makes so much sense. How so many of the professionals get it so wrong just amazes me. I love that there are sites like your’s that take them to task for this. It is a LOT of money to dress one person for one event, and the people who are paid for it often have terrible taste!

  • Sunraya

    And just wanted to say again – if I were rich and famous, you guys would be my fashion stylists!! Along with Chris March – love his quirkiness!!

  • crash1212

    Love the dress. Like the shoes…detailed explanation notwithstanding.

  • lobsterlen

    I really liked the shoes until I read your post. Chartreuse shoes would have been perfect. However she does get some points from me for not wearing silly putty colored pumps.

  • decormaven

    I’m scared because that’s the second sighting of those lilac Easter Egg shoes. Peter Cottontail needs to run off with those shoes, pronto.

  • MilaXX

    Maybe the bad shoe is because she knew they would be dipped in cement. I think they’re kinda ugly, but I could see a lady celeb doing that.

    • Introspective


  • Introspective

    maybe she wore those throwaway shoes simply because she knew she’d be fucking them up in cement…

    cause other than that, ive got no logical answer for why they were chosen for this outfit.

    • They’re Jimmy Choos. They’re the exact opposite of throw-aways.

      • Introspective

        am i such a nerd that Im excited merely at the fact that I got a TLo response? yes.

        as for the word “throwaway” I meant it as facetiously as possible. and also to imply that they bring the outfit down several notches despite the impossible price point…

        • demidaemon

          No, you are not. It’s like the teacher finally called on you after having your hand up in the air forever.

  • Kelly

    In terms of style, I bet the shoes were chosen in part because they will make her feet look smaller in the cement. The heels are not directly under her own heel, but come in toward the ball of her foot a little bit. So the footprint will look smaller than her feet actually are. I read once about how old Hollywood stars used to cram their feet into too-small shoes when their turn came for cement immortality. Like Cinderella’s stepsisters.

    Personally, I celebrate my US size-nine feet, but that “small foot is better” view is still held by many.

    • poggi

      That’s really interesting. I starting thinking about the pointy shape looking like a high heel footprint in cement and wondered if that is why she did it. The inset heel makes even more sense now that you say it. I have never had to think about how my footprint looks.

    • ashtangajunkie

      That’s an interesting point – like corsets for the feet. I don’t think I could do it – I whine even when spanx are required.

    • DuBey2

      I was thinking same. Tiny little toe/ball of foot area then just a few inches to the stilleto/exclamation point.
      But I agree with TLo about the color. However, it does look pretty as a contrast next to that mud/cement.

    • Christy Bishop Cricow

      If you ever go to Grauman’s (and it will always be Grauman’s to me; who the hell is TCL anyway?), just look at the women’s shoeprints!! INSANELY tiny, almost traditional Chinese bound feet tiny. I think you might be right about this. I always read the shoe critiques here with a little smile; to me, the real crime is that these beautiful women are mutilating themselves with pointy, tight high heels. Occasionally you can spot the bunions and deformities and it’s really quite awful. Jackie O wore a 10, Audrey Hepburn a 10 1/2; we’re in good company!

      • paginatrix

        YES! Grauman’s! Always.

      • mhleta

        Can we be far off from things like the Advil State Building and the Metamucil Gate Bridge?

      • alyce1213

        The shoe critiques here very frequently point out the crime of beautiful women in way too big shoes as well.

      • Suse

        Does anyone remember the ‘I Love Lucy’ episode where Lucy and Ethel steal John Wayne’s prints from Grauman’s? Hilarious!

    • Introspective

      this is such an astute point, and raises the fact that much of our modern pop culture still subscribes to antiquated gender ideals, like idolizing a woman who comes small enough both in parts and as a whole, not to challenge the stature of a man…

      this also in a tangential way calls to mind the history of footbinding with horrible gendered physical and political consequences…

      thats enough academic analysis for now. back to being distracted by the clothes.

    • kimmeister

      Having size 9 feet means that we have more selection in clearance than the folks with 7.5’s!

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        I guess size 10 (my size) must be the threshold where selection really gets crappy. Anything left in the clearance rack usually looks like clown shoes, and I almost always have to special order because not many stores carry my size (or they run out quickly) [Sorry, rant over]

    • rainwood1

      And the men wear shoes that make their feet look bigger. George Clooney admitted that when he and Brad and Matt had their footprints done as part of the Oceans 11 publicity tour, he deliberately wore a couple of sizes bigger.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I really like the dress, but the shoes make it almost impossible to focus on it. I keep looking at her feet.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    It would be so much more fun if celebrities would take their shoes off for this.
    Wow, I definitely don’t think I would have been cut out to be a celebrity. Getting through my own wedding day was exhausting enough. Couldn’t imagine having to go through that day in and day out (though I wouldn’t mind the free swag and the money).

    • mhleta

      The barefoot cement prints are an excellent idea!! I found it kind of disappointing to see the odd little specks that made up Marilyn Monroe’s shoes. It would be so much more fun to stand in her actual foot prints. I also found the whole wedding experience to be beyond exhausting. Being the center of attention for one day was plenty for me. I’d be a very grouchy princess.

  • Chillmer

    Seriously, what is so wrong about matching? You guys confuse me. I think that outfit is fab.

    • formerlyAnon

      That was their point, I think. Nothing’s wrong with matching most of the time for most people. But for folks in exceptional circumstances who are paying thousands for professional expertise devoted to their appearance, and getting tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise for free, something more interesting, difficult to do well, and interesting than simple matchiness is, they feel, a reasonable expectation.

  • DTLAFamilies

    Her hair is terrrrrrible.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I love that dress. The hair is eh, but not awful. Ends look a little fried. The shoes are a little much though- a deeper purple would have been nice- the bright purple looks cheap.

  • They may not work in the photos, but I suspect it all worked better in person. Though I too wish the shoes were chartreuse.

    • joything

      Me too. The minute TLo said “chartreuse,” I gasped, YES. The outfit is damn fine as it is, but chartreuse shoes would have made it spectacular. Such a fine line to walk.

  • joything

    TLo, I really do appreciate your ability to place celebrity appearance-work in perspective. I’ll carry the “wedding/prom” comparison with me.

  • Latin Buddy

    Wait, what do you mean, “IT IS SO NOT ABOUT YOU.” Everything is about me…

  • Sam Erin

    This is one of my favorite posts of all time. Thanks for clarifying T Lo <3

  • BuffaloBarbara

    They’re the wrong purple to even be matchy.

    Then again, she’s using them to step in cement. Maybe she figures it’s a good way to put them out of their misery?

  • cocohall

    I have a vision of a team of stylists kneeling on the sidewalk at 6 in the morning before the crowd forms, with about 20 pairs of shoes trying to sort out which pair “pops” against the grey concrete, but doesn’t clash too horribly with the red carpet, yet still has some relationship to the dress. And yet, still FIT Sandy well enough that she doesn’t inadvertently tumble out of the shoes and plant her celebrity toes in the muck. We’ve done a few handprint in wet cement attempts here at the house with the kids during remodels, and you pretty much just have one “go” at it. Otherwise, the union guys have to come in and bring their tools and re-surface the cement. And although the shoes are wrong, I do appreciate how good-natured our gal is about doing press events like this in general. If any of you out there want a good read, pick up My Life From Scratch written by Sandy’s sister Gesine. It is about how she left the Hollywood world (she worked for her sister) and started a bakery in New England. You get a window into their world (she doesn’t rely heavily on the celebrity sister angle, but it is part of her story too) and also a window onto a truly physically challenging world of running a bakery. Plus there are recipes.

    • mhleta

      Do you know where in NE her bakery is located or what it is called? Sounds like a good read.

      • VictoriaDiNardo

        Montpelier Vermont. I just looked it up on Amazon.

        • mhleta

          Thanks! I was hoping it was closer to Boston, but I’ll book mark it for future travels to VT.

          • mhleta

            And I see according to YELP Reviews it has closed. 🙁

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      Thanks for the book reference – it’s looks like a good read ( at one time I was thisclose to opening a bakery and then sobered up! )

      This is one of the things I love about TLo World: come for the commentary, stay for the comments!

    • marlie

      You know, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s someone responsible for scoping out the footprint site beforehand. Just about everything is so perfectly scripted and choreographed, why not that as well?

      • cocohall

        I actually wasn’t kidding (exaggerating, maybe, but kidding, no) about the team of PAs or stylists, or perhaps a sprinkling of both, out there scoping out the site. Especially for someone like Miss Sandy who does seem to be ultra professional/organized. She is a talented actress, but to have the sort of longevity she’s had, you also have to be on your game. Even if your game includes concrete footprints.

  • Vtg Fashion Library

    Someone didn’t think this whole thing through. Sandy looks tense — possibly because she’s facing the sun, but also, that dress isn’t conducive to climbing onto something, given the narrow hem. I’m sure she didn’t want anything too full, but seriously — it’s too tight for her to move into the positions her stylist KNEW she would have to get into, especially with those godawful shoes.

  • Janet B

    In most situations, shoes should be complementary not attention pulling.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    But dang does she have nice arms.

  • twocee

    That rant made my morning. Thank you dear uncles TLo.

    As far as Sandy — love the dress, hate the shoes (but not because they’re matchy, but because they are hiddy).

    Random thought — how hard to you think it is to sign your name in wet cement? I have enough trouble with the credit card machines at the grocery store 🙂

  • Hoffa_w_HerHead

    I can’t get over how those shoes stick out like a sore thumb! I find this look the opposite of “matchy matchy!” Which is a shame, because the dress works here. I also don’t mind the hair- most of the time- but I think cutting it just 3 inches shorter would do her a world of good!

  • HM3

    Perhaps she wore the ugly matchy shoes because she didn’t mind getting them dirty with concrete.

  • kimmeister

    I love the placement of the seams on her dress. So flattering.

  • mhleta

    Excellent lecture, Professors! Another point I’d like to add if I may–We civilians are known for saying things like “Sure, if I had her money and could have a personal trainer and a nutritionist 24/7 I could look as good as X.” Not really. The amount of discipline and work that goes into keeping your body fat that low, your waist that tiny and your guns that ripped is incredibly difficult. You can hire all the experts you want, but at the end of the day, you’re the one who has to push away the temptations day in and day out, get up at 5AM and run those ten miles and bang out those hundred burpees and kettle bell swings and overhead presses, etc, etc, etc EVERY single day. She’s got good genes in her favor, but that woman works hard for the money.

    • formerlyAnon

      Yeah. I’m totally more like the celebrity that hires a trainer to come to their house 6 days a week and basically jolly them through their routine for a couple of months once or twice a year when they need to get it back together. The one who starts eating again during the last week of scheduled filming and just prays they don’t get called back later to reshoot anything.

      • mhleta

        I’d need a handler with me 24/7 smacking cocktails my hand and snatching things out of my mouth.

        • formerlyAnon

          Hmmm. I wonder what that’d cost . . .

          • mhleta

            I don’t know, but I’m picturing some buff trainer wrestling me to the floor and extracting a stuffed mushroom from my clutches much the way I have to do with the dog when she swipes a chicken bone. Might be fun.

        • marlie

          I need that person with me right now.

          • formerlyAnon

            Hope you stayed strong!

  • SportifLateBoomer

    What shoes? I just can’t take my eyes off her guns.

    (actually I like the shoes because purple is my favorite color, until I read the whole post).

    • I like the shoes for the same reason, and I’m not ashamed to admit it! Nobody cares what shoes I wear.

  • mickiemonkey

    I want to hem her dress up by two inches so bad it makes me ache.

  • Miranda

    Why Sandy got this Mother’s Day outfit on?

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Well the purple matchy shoes do pull focus and maybe they’re supposed to so that no one misses the cement impressioning of the shoe in this goofy ceremony.

  • valerie747

    Nice rant!

  • Paula Pertile

    That dress looks like the first dress I ever made, in 8th grade, which I bought the wrong size pattern for (size 5) and had to add inserts on the sides to make big enough.

  • CMSmith1848

    But why does she look so pinched and unhappy? Is it the shoes? Smile a little Sandy and pretend you are having a good time. It should not be that damn hard. You have an Oscar for crying out loud.

  • TLJezebel

    Great dress, though. Really flatters her figure.

  • Sam Smith

    I also assumed she wore them b/c she would ruin them. And I covet the arms Sandy.

  • ErmengardeGreen

    This is a very well articulated explanation of the distinction between celebrity-fashion judgment and regular-gal-fashion judgment, but I think it’s inevitable that (some members of) BK Nation will (sometimes) look to TLo for mere mortal style guidance. Not due to the misperception that you’re harshing on average citizens. But because the glut of regular-person style advice from the Stacys and Clintons and Tims and Trinnys — who are only too eager to dole out stock advice like”buy trench coats” and “wear trouser-cut jeans to balance out your pear shape” — tends to run together and ultimately prove not that useful or interesting. It’s natural to look at a “here’s what went wrong” shot and think, how can I apply these lessons to my own life? Providing such tips is not the TLo mission, and I get that, but I wish some similarly sharp-eyed folks would make it theirs.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    Since she was pressing her shoe in cement, she didn’t want to ruin a nicer shoe?

  • Such a crazy amount of effort only to fumble at the last minute with a completely expected shoe. Get it right, stylists. You had one job…

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    Chartreuse shoes. Totally.

  • marlie

    TLo – THANK YOU. I think perhaps a lot of the non-regular bitter kittens missed this the last time you addressed the topic. Also, when you say that shoes look like they’re “from Payless,” and people get into a tizzy. There’s nothing wrong with Payless, BUT it’s absolutely not expensive, high-end, designer footwear, and rarely (if ever) does it LOOK like expensive, high-end, designer footwear. So, if a ladystar is wearing a pair of shoes that cost more than my monthly rent, they sure as hell better LOOK luxe.

    Anyway, I love Sandy’s dress, and the shoes don’t quite… go. They’re “matchy,” but they don’t “go.” How’s that for clarity?

  • Greg

    Some of us like the aesthetic of shoes that match. You don’t. To each his own. It’s just so subjective that it really is not worth getting into a tizzy over. A shoe with hints of orange would have looked nice too.

  • deech

    This was a superb post. The rant was enjoyable and well-stated. But, most importantly, I found this line enlightening, “those matchy purple shoes just look silly to us in these pictures. Too focus-pulling.” Oddly enough, this was the first time I understood why sometimes TLo approves of the matchy shoes, while other times doesn’t. It’s all about the photo–the visual composition.

  • Alloy Jane

    I’ve had a soft spot for Sandy since Hope Floats. The shoes don’t bother me much since they’re specifically for getting wet cement all over. I’d like to see what she changed into afterwards. Her hair though, I’m very tired of it and am amazed that people deliberately do the center part thing with long hair. There is nothing fancy about what hair does when left to it’s own devices and that’s what long, straight hair does. It parts down the center and flops to either side of your face. Or that’s what mine did before I chopped it off. It still tries to center part, but I’m not having any of that.

  • LaSylphide

    Like the dress. Like the shoes. Hate the hair.

  • ItsDicey

    AMEN and well said, T & Lo.

  • I do love the dress. And the shoes aren’t bothering me as much as TLo but….they are a little much.

  • kathrineb

    Despite everything said I actually like the matchy shoes in this context. Agreed on the flat iron, her hair looks so lifeless. Why are people so afraid of wearing natural curls?

  • demidaemon

    Man, this post needs to be the foreword to your book, TLo. Or a close approximation of it. Bravo!

    As for Sandy, nice to see her putting in the effort again. Obviously, she wants to prove she deserves an Oscar (or the first one she got, at least). Love the dress, actually not totally put off by the shoes. I had to squint to see that they were matching, so no biggie there for me.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Well she did step those expensive shoes in cement. Perhaps she wanted to get them out of her closet? 😉

  • chartreuse shoes, yes!

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    The length of the dress combined with the shoes is what’s really focus pulling. It’s very awkward.