Royal Shoes Tuesday | Mar 28 | Dutchess Kate’s Blue Pumps

Gary : March 28, 2017 11:24 am : blog

Alexander McQueen’s navy suede pumps find a perfect fit on the Dutchess of Cambridge’s feet. The former Kate Middleton has one of the toughest pr jobs in the world as the late Princess Diana’s heir to fashion forward style. Her every outfit and public moment is subject to intense scrutiny- and honestly, it doesn’t always go too well. But with these classy and understated blue suede kicks, Kate has done the women’s shoe universe a favor toward good taste (sorely lacking nowadays, no?)

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Vegan Shoes Are the New “In-Shoes” – Hipness and Animal Rights – by Gary Smolker

Gary Smolker : March 25, 2017 9:34 pm : blog


Warning: Sears is going out of business because Sears did not stay hip.

Conceptual Level of Awareness

If you want to be considered cool and hip you must wear Vegan Shoes.


  1. In the future, people in the United States, Canada and Europe who don’t wear Vegan Shoes will be “fashion outcasts.”
  2. Merchants, manufacturers, designers, celebrities, fashionistas and consumers who don’t join the “vegan” band wagon and/or the “animal rights” bandwagon will be considered – (a) by the mass consuming public, (b) by celebrities, (c) by fashionistas, and (d) by politicians – to be so lacking in morality and good sense that they will be made to suffer beyond being ostracized.

Vegan Shoes Are the New “In-Shoes”

Vegan Shoes are the new “in-shoes.”

By the way, I predicted that would happen in the  March 9, 2017, Dude’s Guide to Women’s Shoes in an article titled “Vegan Shoes, The Rare But Important Bird of Fashion.”

See http://www.dudesguidetowomensshoes/vegan-shoes-gary-smolker/

In that article it was predicted that:

“… it is only a matter of  before top shoe designers will begin to be pressured to produce vegan shoes.

“Design, art, craft, fashion, sex and power and animal rights sensitivity; that will be the story of shoes in the future.

“Charting the development of shoes will be nothing less than a fascinating alternative history of the world.”

Since that article was published the iconic shoe designer/shoe manufacturer, Dr. Martens has begun producing a line of Vegan Shoes.

[Dr. Martens shoes have been the “in-shoes” to wear for everyone (including the most flamboyant individuals making an anti-fashion statement) in the music industry since the 1960s.]


The Photographs Below Are Photographs of A Line of Vegan Shoes Now Being Sold by Dr. Martens

Photographs below of vegan-friendly sandals.

Below is a close up.

Photographs below of Vegan Combat Boots.

All of the above photographs were taken by me on Saturday, March 19, 2017 at the Dr. Martens store on Third Street in the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California.

The Feelings, Thoughts and Beliefs That Are Driving Animal Rights People’s Purchasing Decisions and Making Vegan Shoes the New “In-Shoes

A few weeks ago, a woman told me that she was wearing Vegan Shoes because she believes in “animal rights.”

Before that conversation “animal rights” was not something I was thinking about.

After talking to her, I asked myself, “Why would a “normal sensible appearing person” refuse to purchase any product containing leather?”

My answer: “Animal Rights People” refuse to purchase any product containing leather because they reasonably believe animals have feelings.

Is It Reasonable to Believe Animals Have Feelings?

Although I have not yet bought a pair of Vegan Shoes, I  believe that animals have feelings.

Otherwise, why would pharmaceutical companies test their potential anti-depressant drugs on rats?

  • Pharmaceutical companies routinely use rats as experimental subjects in the development of antidepressants.
  • The presupposition that rat behavior is accompanied by human like emotions is a common presupposition in psychiatric laboratories.

Animal Rights People, and I too, have strong feelings about

  • (a) industrialized animal food production and
  • (b) the mother child relationship.

Is It Reasonable For Modern Educated Affluent People To Refuse to Purchase Leather Shoes because Animals Have Feelings?

ADVICE: Read about industrial animal food production and the mother-infant-child relationship in Yuval Noah Harari’s newest book “Homo Deus.”


I predict that smart business people will take note that the “animal rights” way of thinking is going to spread and that the “animal rights” way of thinking is eventually going to result in a mass consumer revolt against the manufacture sale and distribution of products containing leather.

Relatedly, I predict in order to be considered hip humane and sensitive the mass consuming public will begin wearing Vegan Shoes.

Industrialized Animal Food Production

In his book “Homo Deus”, after stating that domesticated pigs communicate using a rich variety of vocal and olfactory signals, that mother sows recognize the unique squeaks of their piglets and that two-day-old piglets already differentiate their mothers calls from those of other sows and describing how pigs are highly intelligent social animals, characterized by a lively curiosity and a strong urge to socialize, play and wander about and explore their surroundings, Yuval Noah Harari in his newest book “Homo Deus” describes what happens to sows in industrial farms, as follows.

Quoting from “Homo Deus”:

“They are locked by their human masters in tiny gestation crates, usually measuring six and a half by two feet.  The crates have a concrete floor and metal bars, and hardly allow the pregnant sows even to turn around or sleep on their side, never mind walk.  After three and a half months in such conditions, the sows are moved to slightly wider crates, where they give birth and nurse their piglets.  Whereas piglets would naturally suckle for ten to twenty weeks, in industrial farms they are forcibly weaned within two to four weeks, separated from their mother and shipped to be fattened and slaughtered.  The mother is immediately impregnated again, and sent back to the gestation crate to start another cycle.  The typical sow would go through five to ten such cycles before being slaughtered herself.  In recent years the use of crates has been restricted in the European Union and some US states, but the crates are still commonly used in many other countries, and tens of millions of breeding sows pass almost their entire lives in them.

“The human farmers take care of everything the sow needs in order to survive and reproduce….From an objective prospective, the sow no longer needs to explore her surroundings, socialize with other pigs, bond with her piglets or even walk.  But from a subjective prospective, the sow still feels very strong urges to do all these things, and if these urges are not fulfilled she suffers greatly.  Sows locked in gestation crates typically display acute frustration alternating with extreme despair.

PREDICTION: When the general public learns the mass public en mass will rise up and taking action against allowing these practices to continue.

Mother Infant Child Relationship

Quoting from “Homo Deus”:

“…one core emotion is apparently shared by all mammals: the mother-infant bond.  Indeed, it gives mammals their name.  The word ‘mammal’ comes from the Latin mamma meaning breast.  Mammal mothers love their offspring so much that they allow them to suckle from their body. Mammal youngsters, on their side, feel an overwhelming desire to bond with their mothers and they stay near them. We can argue about other emotions, but since mammal youngsters cannot survive without motherly care, it is evident that motherly love and a strong mother-infant bond characterize all mammals.

“It took scientists many years to acknowledge this.

“Only in the  1950s and 1960s did a growing consensus of experts …acknowledge the central importance of emotional needs….mammals can’t live on food alone.  They need emotional bonds too.

“… their mental and physical health depends as much on providing for these needs as on food, shelter and medicines.

“…the meat and dairy industry are based on breaking the most fundamental emotional bond in the mammal kingdom.  Farmers get their breeding sows and dairy cows impregnated again and again.  Yet piglets and calves are separated from their mothers shortly after birth, and then pass their days without even sucking at her teats or feeling the warmth of her tongue and body.

The Shifting Winds of Public Opinion

In May 2015, the New Zealand parliament passed the Animal Welfare Amendment Act, which stipulates that it is now obligatory to recognize animals are sentient beings, that animals have feelings, and hence to provide for their welfare in contexts such as animal husbandry.  The Canadian province of Quebec has since passed a similar Act.

Being Hip

The Dr. Martens Vegan Shoes shown in the photos above contain no animal product, no leather, no glue, nothing that comes from an animal.

Dr. Martens

Dr. Martens is a very hip shoe store, full of uniquely original shoes.

For example, Dr. Martens has designed, produced/manufactured and now sells “lucky shoes.”

See photograph below, which I photographed as St. Patrick’s Day was approaching in the Santa Monica Dr. Martens store.

Charting the Development of Shoes Will Continue to Be Nothing Less Than A Fascinating Alternative History of the World

For example:

1. Dr. Martens has recently designed and now manufactures and sells a line of “floral shoes.” See photos below.

2. Dr. Martens recently collaborated with the creator of Beavis and Butt-Head to design a collection of Beavis and Butt-Head shoes.

3. Dr. Marten now produces and sells a collection of Beavis and Butt-Head Shoes.  See photos below.

4. Dr. Martens now produces a line of shoes that are guaranteed to last a life time.

If the shoe wears out, due to normal wear, Dr. Martens will replace it with a new shoe.

The guarantee “FOR LIFE” is imprinted on the sole of the shoe.  See photograph below.

All of the above photographs were taken by me in the Santa Monica Dr. Martens store on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Gary Smolker, Fashion Blogger
Dude's Guide to Women's Shoes

Gary S. Smolker, publisher, Movie Reviewer, Book Reviewer, Social Commentator
Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange Blog



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Butt Ugly Shoe Alert Mar 24

Gary : March 24, 2017 10:21 am : blog

Avril Lavigne

Mon Cher Vassals!

Yes, we do our best to shield you precious children from the horrors of this chaotic world, but alas! The ugliness keeps trying to creep back into our lives on the feet of the otherwise lovely songbird, Avril Lavigne.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you about looking at this monstrosity of a red carpet shoe pair!

The Good news is that we hear that Avril is making a huge singing comeback after struggling with a mysterious illness that sidelined her the last few years. (The bad news is that those ugly Womper Stomper goon shoes of hers are making the rest of us sick!).

Please someone, douse those shoes with arsenic before they multiply . . .

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Butt Ugly Shoe Alert Mar 17

Gary : March 17, 2017 9:48 pm : blog

Lara Flynn Boyle


Once upon a time, back in the 20th Century, there was a lovely brunette actress named Lara Flynn Boyle. Lara woke up one day to find out that she was Hollywood’s It Girl, and rode that notoriety in films such as Twin Peaks, and tv shows like The Practice.

She also starred in the UFO comedy Men In Black II, which is noteworthy because we are convinced that this woman in these photos wearing this unwieldy mess of an outfit is not Lara Flynn Boyle but instead is a shape-shifting alien. Yes, shape-shifters from other planets do exist boys and girls and if you’re not careful they can snatch your body and send down an evil clone who looks like you.

This has obviously happened to our beloved and lovely Lara, whom, as you can see, is impersonated in these tragic red carpet photos by an alien body snatcher disguising herself as Lara- except that the alien failed to complete the transformation when it left out Lara’s fashion sense. Those atrocious ballerina pump combo shoes are clearly from another planet!

UFO’s are not your friends, these photos prove it. You have been warned . . .

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Butt Ugly Shoe Alert Mar 10

Gary : March 11, 2017 10:41 am : blog

Emma Thompson

(TRIGGER WARNING: Um, the British can be just as ugly as the damned Yanks . . .)

Bad LSD? Ebola virus? Zombie impersonator?

Mon Legions- These are three of your choices to explain how British actress extraordinaire, Emma Thompson, has been possessed by bad taste. She has apparently lost all control, as you can see ( I’m betting on Emma getting bitten by fashion-backward zombies, myself).

And look at the creepy smile, she knows she’s not well but she’s enjoying torturing you eyes and mine with those butt ugly shoes.

Reminds me of when I was three years old when my family literally lived next to the wrong side of the railroad tracks. I was mischievous and very inquisitive, and mother would often find her ugliest shoes would disappear from her closet.

As mum related the story, she wondered what on Earth was happening to her flip flops, worn out slippers and the homely Thrift store shoes that she would buy to wear around the house? Then one day she heard a train rolling by and looked out the window to see her ugly shoes arranged atop the train tracks waiting for the steel train wheels to obliterate her shoes. And she noticed me and my four-year old neighbor laughing in amusement nearby. True story, btw.

You see, even as a wee tyke I had an aversion to ugly shoes so my playmate and I would steal them from mum’s closet and leave them as a sacrifice to the Union Pacific Railway.

HOW I WISH I could convince Miss Thompson to take a walk by the railway tracks right now . . .

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Vegan Shoes, The Rare But Important Bird of Fashion – by Gary Smolker

Gary Smolker : March 9, 2017 6:46 am : blog

The Photograph Below Is A Photograph Of An Animal Rights Advocate Wearing High Style Fashionable High-Heel Vegan Shoes

Before today (INTERNATIONAL WOMAN’S DAY, March 8, 2017), I didn’t know that such a thing as Vegan Shoes existed.

I had never heard of Vegan Shoes.

Now I realize the potential impact world consequences of the idea of Vegan Shoes on the future of the world.

A Vegan Shoe Movement, if it comes about, will have a life changing [shifting] effect on the shoe industry, the livestock production industry and on all industries associated therewith.

What Is and Who Is Vegan?

I had heard of Vegan.

I understood that vegans are people who consume no animal products.

Animal Products

I did not know that, in the mind of some vegans, animal products include leather shoes.

Animal Rights Protestors


The present existence of a viable retail market for Vegan Shoes raises the following question: In the future, will “Animal Rightists” (Eco-terrorists) start harassing people who wear leather shoes?

Time will tell.

Vegan Shoes

I saw the above pair of shoes on a woman sitting on a small wall along a path I was walking on when I went from a parking lot to a Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Chatsworth, California to meet my daughter Leah for lunch.

I stopped and asked the woman wearing those shoes: “What kind of shoes are those beautiful shoes?”

She replied,

  • “They are Vegan Shoes designed and manufactured by Preview International.
  • “I bought them online.
  • “It is difficult to find fashionable Vegan Shoes anywhere.”

I asked for her name and age.

She replied,

  • “My name is Vini.
  • “I am 42 years old.

Animal Rights

Vini explained:

  • “I believe in Animal Rights. That is why I don’t buy shoes that are made of leather.
  • “I don’t buy shoes that have any leather component.
  • “I don’t want animals killed to make shoes for me.
  • I don’t want animals killed for any reason.”

A Wake-Up Call from the Island of Bali

I thought this situation (the existence of Vegan Shoes) was so strange, that I posted the above picture on Instagram @garyspassion, with a brief explanation: “Vini age 42 is a vegan who for that reason doesn’t buy or wear shoes containing leather.  Vini told me it is difficult to find fashionable Vegan Shoes.”

Within a few minutes someone, who identified herself as having Chinese roots, born in NL, living the island life in Bali, sent me a comment.  I looked her up on her Instagram account and found a picture of her with another woman with the statement, “I love People I can be crazy with!!”

Her reply consists of a emoji of a person smiling while wearing sunglasses.

I interpret her reply to mean she supports the idea that people should refuse to wear leather shoes.

The Political Power of Vegans in the United States

About half of 1 percent of the US population identify themselves as vegans.

I’ve read that some of the world’s most powerful men (Bill Clinton, Steve Wynn, John Mackey and Mike Tyson) have declared themselves in favor of a vegan diet.

I wonder how many celebrities are vegans.

An Important Question

How many powerful people, celebrities and normal people will be in favor of making it illegal to wear leather shoes once they become aware of the harmful effect livestock production has on the world?

A Wake-Up Call from the United Nations

Refusal to wear leather shoes, perhaps banning the sale of leather shoes, perhaps making it against the law to wear leather shoes, is an issue of international significance.

According to a 2006 United Nations Report:

  • Animal agriculture produces more of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions (18%) than all forms of transportation combined (14%).
  • Livestock are the identified culprit in 15 out of 24 important ecosystems that are reported to be in decline.
  • Forest-clearing for new pastureland is a major source of deforestation.  In Latin America, 70% of the former Amazon rain-forests has been given over to grazing.
  • US livestock are responsible for 55 percent of soil erosion, and sediment, 37 percent of pesticides, 50% of antibiotics, and one third of the nitrogen and phosphorus in our fresh water sources.

Action Implication

The decision to wear leather shoes is not just a decision of how much pleasure you will experience by being seen in those leather shoes vs how much physical pain will you suffer if you wear them.

The decision to wear leather shoes is also an ecological decision, a decision whether to contribute to environmental pollution or not.



  • Given all the above information it is only a matter of time before top shoe designers will begin to be pressured to produce vegan shoes.
  • The celebrity shoe designer of the future will be the shoe designer who designs fashionable Vegan Shoes that reflect the status and power of the wearer.
  • Design, art, craft, fashion, sex and power and animal rights sensitivity; that will be the story of shoes in the future.
  • Throughout the centuries shoe designers and manufacturers have transformed shoes into much more than a practical necessity, and they will continue to do so.
  • The shoes they create in the future will express (new vegan) social values, power and passion.
  • The glamour and desirability of shoes will continue to tell us much about the complex and enduring link between suffering and style.
  • Charting the development of shoes will continue to be nothing less than a fascinating alternative history of the world.

Things To Think About


  • Will Eco-terrorists  attack people wearing leather shoes?
  • Will Eco-terrorists disrupt shoe sales in places where shoes are sold?
  • Will Eco-terrorists force shoe manufacturers to manufacture Vegan Shoes and/or to limit [perhaps totally] the number of leather shoes they produce?
  • Will protesting the manufacture and sale of leather shoes become the “good-cause-flavor-of-the-month”, the thing to do to be “cool?”
  • Are you socially conscious?


Supporting “good causes” is a well established way for celebrities and politicians to get attention.

Celebrities and other members of the social elite and clever businesses seek to have us believe they (love to) support “good causes.”

Gary Smolker, Fashion Blogger
Dude's Guide to Women's Shoes

Gary S. Smolker, publisher, book reviewer, movie reviewer, social commentator
Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange Blog

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Butt Ugly Shoe Alert Feb. 24

Gary : February 26, 2017 9:46 am : blog

Kristen Stewart- Witch Ugly

The lovely Kristen Stewart wins the Butt Ugly Shoe award this time out but I get the feeling this young starlet was probably trying to shock us on purpose with these horrendous Wizard of Oz Hex clodhoppers.

You see, every young actress that hits it big as some kind of wholesome girl wants to dive quickly into public displays of debauchery as soon as they turn 18-21. It’s the modern career move for a Hollywood actress so every ugly fetishistic indulgence becomes a step up the career ladder for these good girls who want hipster cred, not just success (Seriously, who wants to be Marcia Brady, right? Better to be a try your hand at being a paparazzi-favored drunken/bisexual/foulmouthed/pot smoker/ratchet/stripper/twirker like Miley Cyrus right? (At least you’ll still be able to get past the ugly doormen at Catch or the snotty waiters at The Ivy).

So now our lovely Kristen has jumped into the pop culture cesspool with these fugly, slightly bondage-looking eye sores. (And let’s not even start with that dead dragon of a top she’s wearing). Too much to see here, not enough time or stomach acid to absorb this all in one shot, Kristen hun. In the meantime dear reader, is there a hungry dog in your neighborhood looking for a new chew toy? These shoes would be a good gift for the pitbull  in your life.

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Music, Shoes and Fashion – by Gary Smolker

Gary Smolker : February 22, 2017 7:41 pm : blog

“Through music the gods exist, through music they are worshiped; in fact the entire world process of continuous creation and dissolution subsists by means of sound … this concept of sound is quintessentially of human nature.  It is vocal music which is the primary model for all other musical sound.” MUSIC AND MUSICAL THOUGHT IN EARLY INDIA by Lewis Rowell

Can not the same be said for shoes and fashion?

Below is a photograph of a pair of RICK OWENS SNEAKERS worn by 26 year old Neha Shaikh when we first met  yesterday at the Dr. Martens Retail Store in the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California.

I took the above photograph yesterday (February 21, 2017), while shopping at the Dr. Martens Retail Store on Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California at 1215 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, California 90401; phone 310-451-1460.

Below is a photograph I took yesterday of a Dr. Martens shoe I put on to see if it fit.

Before I left that Dr. Martens Store, I purchased three pairs of Dr. Martens.

Before noon today (February 22, 2017), I took photographs of the three pairs of Dr. Martens I purchased.

Below is a collage I made today of the photographs I took this morning of those three Dr. Martens.

I took the photographs in that collage in my living room.

I live in a low profile area in the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, California.

My Dr. Martens make a fashion statement.

Now that I’ve become a Fashion Blogger and co-creator of Dude’s Guide to Women’s Shoes, I want to dress the part.

I fully believe beauty, ugly and glamour are in the eyes of the beholder.


If you don’t agree with me, ask Lady Gaga and Beyonce for their opinion on that topic.

Yesterday was an existing day for me as a person who loves to see unique and individual lifestyles, opinions and pieces of art that express ideas that I relate to.

I especially like to see stores that cater to people who are “into it.”

Being “into it” is reflected in the clothing and accessories you wear, your attitude, how you carry yourself and being totally emotionally immersed in who you are, the message you are sending and what your represent.

Yesterday, I saw one cool lifestyle statement after another as I meandered in and around the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

Below is a photograph I took of a high fashion bag I saw at the Fossil Store located on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, located at 1416 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 9040 (telephone 310-393-3127) as I meandered in and around the Third Street Promenade.

In my opinion that bag to projects individualism and good taste.

I salute the designer of that bag for a job well done.

Title of bag: Llama Cross-body.

Price: $128.00


Is the $128.00 price of that bag music to your ears?

The Dr. Martens cost $139.95, $124.95 and $134.95.


By the way, Dr. Martens have been the “in-shoes” to wear for everyone (including the most flamboyant individuals making an anti-fashion statement) in the music industry since the 1960s.


Dr. Martens has transformed from a workwear boot when it was first launched on April 1, 1960, that at one point was sold as gardening shoe, into one of the definitive sub-cultural icons of the modern era.


Truth is stranger than fiction.

Stories reported in Dude’s Guide to Women’s Shoes constantly tell “truth stranger than fiction stories” personally curated by either me and/or by Lou Coronado.

Don’t miss out, make in a habit to regularly read about what is going on in the real world by reading articles posted on and by reading articles posted on

Lifestyle, Fashion, Shoes and Music

Lifestyle needs a soundtrack and a soundtrack needs a look and feel, it all must come together in perfect harmony in order to make perfect sense.

Fashion and lifestyle are intrinsically linked to music; you can’t have one without the other.

Gary Smolker, Fashion Blogger
Dude's Guide to Women's Shoes

Gary S. Smolker, Publisher, Movie Reviewer, Book Reviewer, Social Commentator
Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange Blog


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Jen and the Chanel Purse – by Gary Smolker

Gary Smolker : February 12, 2017 6:08 pm : blog

This is my story of what happened yesterday when Jen saw a Chanel Cigar Purse on a Mannequin in the  display window of the Chanel store in the Nordstrom store in the Topanga Plaza Mall in Canoga Park, California.

Jen is the woman wearing the 10 year old suede Franco Sarto Boots which I’ve posted on Instagram @garyspassion and on “Dude’s Guide to Women’s Shoes” at and which I will be posting on the “Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange Blog” at

The above photo of Jen’s boots was taken by me when I first “met” Jen, on Friday, February 10, 2017, at the “Nuts N Berries Cafe” on Ventura Blvd., in Encino, California, USA.

Jen and the Chanel Purse

After shopping for over two hours with me at the Lush Cosmetics Store , in the Topanga Plaza Mall, in Canoga Park, California, I told Jen: “I want to show you a cool purse I saw at the Channel Boutique in the Nordstrom store about a week ago.
We went over to the Chanel Boutique.
Jenn looked at the Chanel Purse on the mannequin in the window.
Jen didn’t like it.
I asked the sales lady to bring the purse into the show room.
She did.
She opened the purse to show Jen what the inside looks like.
Jen loved the inside of the Chanel purse/handbag.
I asked Jen to try it on.
Below is a photo I took of a big mirror in the show room showing what Jen looked like in the mirror as I was taking that picture of Jen trying on the purse.
Needless to say:
  • Jen fell in love with that handbag.
  • Now Jen can’t live with out it.
Below are some additional photos I took of Jen with that Chanel Purse/Chanel Handbag.
It was “love” between Jen and the purse/handbag,  “at second sight.”
Jen is happy.
And, now Jen can’t live without that Purse!
TAKEAWAY:  Women can/do change their minds.
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Don’t Be Discouraged – by Gary Smolker

Gary Smolker : February 12, 2017 4:50 pm : blog

Do you like those boots?

They are ten year old suede Franco Sarto Boots.

And the woman wearing them (Jen) is wholesome dynamite.

So, don’t get any ideas.

On the other hand, don’t be discouraged.

Don’t Be Discouraged

Men get discouraged too easily.

Guys: Don’t be discouraged so easily!

Did you ever have a woman tell you on your first date: “We are not going to be anything but friends?”

That is woman talk for “Don’t think about having sex for me.  It is never going to happen.”*

Believe me.  That is not the end of the world.

My “wife” Jennifer, before we got married, told me something along the lines of: “You are a horrible person!”

That is/was woman talk for

“Stay away from me. 

“I don’t want you in my life. 

“This is going to be our last conversation. 

“We are never going to speak to each other again.”

Jen and the Channel Purse


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Butt Ugly Shoe Alert Feb. 10

Gary : February 11, 2017 9:31 pm : blog

Elle Fanning (please not again!)

MON LEGIONS! As faithful readers and followers of DGTWS you all know we busy ourselves with the dirty work of making your world safe for your tender eyes. As Instructor Gary has stated, “We own beautiful” when it comes to shoes.

And now Elle Fanning is back, playing the villain against our mission in life. Such a pretty young actress. Such ugly shoe choices. This is getting pathological, kids. White chocolate-covered mess, no?

By now we all know Elle as the very young actress who played Sleeping Beauty opposite Angelina Jolie in Maleficent a couple years back. What we didn’t know is that Elle has had a witch’s spell cast over her feet ever since.

The only thing worse than Elle wearing her ugly shoe collection is that there are other troubled celebs who would shoplift this hideous footwear.


My good friend Bob B. used to help run an expensive rehab in Malibu. Rehabs can be hit-and-miss, even the better ones. But one thing they tend to do is segregate the self-abuser from society and put them in a peaceful environment with zen gardens, ocean views, and psychological help and peaceful affirmations every day until they start to feel better and throw away all their nasty white powders lurking in their pockets.

We can start a Crowdfunder campaign to send Elle to Promises in Malibu – the ugly shoe addict section. Anyone? Anyone?


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Life Is As Good As the People You Are Surrounded By – by Gary Smolker

Gary Smolker : February 11, 2017 9:13 am : blog


William Shakespeare says:

Life is but a walking shadow, a poor player,

That struts and and frets his hour upon the stage,

And then is heard no more.  It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

– – William Shakespeare, “Macbeth,” scene V

I Disagree.

I have lived life and I have caught life.

Good Times

I always have a good time when I am surrounded by people who are having a good time.


People who make the right decisions have a good time.

That is why I surround myself with people who are having a good time and stay away from people who are not having a good time.

It is impossible to have a good time when the other people around you are not having a good time.

Choices = Decisions

Women signal they are desirable and that we will have a good time if we are with them when they wear footwear which facilitates the light within them to shine brightly.

Good Cheer

Each and every woman knows men can tell if she is a person bubbling over with good cheer by looking at her footwear.

Emoting Beauty

At lunch time, on Friday afternoon, February 10, 2017, I met two women at “Nuts N Berries Cafe” (located on Ventura Blvd. in Encino, California) whose footwear signaled to me it would be fun to be with them.

I could immediately tell, before they said anything or did anything, that each one of them are the type of woman who is always happy and makes anyone who is with them happy.

It was obvious to me that if I spoke to either one of them they would be happy to talk to me, even though I was a complete stranger, and when I was with them they would constantly bubble over with good cheer.


The first woman I saw at lunch today was wearing “Guess Boots.”

I found out her name is Lauren.

While cool jazz music played in the background, Lauren and I, who had never met before, got acquainted while waiting for our food.

Below is a picture I took of the “Guess Boots” Lauren was wearing.

I could tell by looking at those boots that Lauren is a fun person.

Lauren ordered a Mushroom Soup and also ordered a Spinach and Arugula Salad containing organic baby spinach, arugula, cherry tomato, goat cheese, roasted pine nuts and lemon vinaigrette.

I ordered a “Turkey Blues Sandwich” – a sandwich which contains oven-roasted turkey breast, blue cheese crumbles, roasted red bell pepper, tomato, red onion, cucumber and mayo.

I also ordered an “Arawsh Salad” – a salad which consists of romaine lettuce, cucumber, cherry tomato, red onion, parsley, mint, avocado, mango, strawberries, walnuts, dates and lime vinaigrette.

Cool jazz music was playing in the background all the time.

After Lauren ordered her lunch (described above) I introduced myself.

We had a delightful conversation.

Lauren bubbled over with good cheer.

Lauren and I laughed and laughed and laughed together while we ate our lunch.


Soon after I finished speaking to Lauren, I met Jenny Gonzalez.

When I met Jenny, Jenny was sipping a cup of black lavender tea-latte, nibbling on a cookie and writing a note.

Below is a series of photographs I took, with Jenny’s permission, of Jenny.

Jennie told me she is 39 years old.

Look at the boots Jenny is wearing.

According to Jenny: those are 10 year old suede Franco Sarto Boots and they are very comfortable.

Jennie is a playful person.

I take playfulness seriously.

Jennie is an easy going fun person to be with.

I like her.


We are in a constant state of reaction, of reacting to life.

Our entire life is a reaction.

Our life will be as good as the people we are surrounded by.

Empower Yourself

Empower yourself.

Surround yourself with easy to get along with, easy going, happy, passionate people who bring life into your life.

You are the generator of who you are and what you have.

Your life is yours.

Own your life.

A simple hello could lead to a million things.

The People Around You

If people around you are not having a great life it is literally impossible for you to have a great life.

The quality of your life depends on the quality of your relationships.

If anyone is stealing your happiness let go of them.

Moving in the Direction of Your Dreams

Men and women, make sure you are moving in the direction of your dreams.

Keep things colorful and fun.

Build relationships.


Life isn’t magical on its own.  Make it magical.

Your view of life determines everything.


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Stylish Women – by Gary Smolker

Gary Smolker : February 10, 2017 2:26 pm : blog

Nuts n Berries Cafe is located a few blocks away from my office in Encino, California, USA.

Above photos taken by me while I was having breakfast on February 9, 2017 (yesterday morning) at Nuts n Berries Cafe on Ventura Blvd., in Encino, California, USA.

The stylish women who eat at the “Nuts n Berries Cafe” in Encino, California are like flowers and sunshine …. when I see them and hear the tasteful hip music playing in the background I feel totally alive and soak in all that is beautiful in that environment.

TAKE AWAY:  When you and I surround ourselves with beautiful people we feel beautiful.


I’ve learned that a flower does not think of competing with the flowers next to it.  It just blooms.

Really beautiful people have a LIGHT WITHIN IN THEM that makes them behave like flowers: they do not compete with others, they just bloom.


The woman in the above photographs is wearing Sam Edelman Boots.

Her clothing and shoe choices perfectly signal her identity; her personality and style come through in what she wears and when you meet her and speak to her you can’t help but realize everything matches.

When I saw the stylish Sam Edelman Boots she was wearing, I just had to speak to her.

When I spoke to her I discovered  beneath her beauty a personality to match.


Every day is an adventure.


Yesterday, was a winner.

I also met Kim (see photo below).

Kim was also at Nuts n Berries Cafe, to eat breakfast.

See photo of Kim, below.

Kim is wearing “Kelly-Katie” high heels.

Look at Kim’s smile.

Kim is a natural beauty, who knows how to dress.

Everywhere Kim goes Kim spreads good vibes; Kim’s natural beauty and smile cast a spell.


I’ve found I am as “good to go” as the people who surround me.

It is impossible to have a good time if no one around me is having a good time.

That is one of the multitude of reasons why I often eat my breakfast and my lunch at Nuts n Berries Cafe in Encino, when I am in Encino, California at breakfast or lunch time.

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Butt Ugly Shoe Alert Feb. 3- Carly Rae

Gary : February 3, 2017 11:49 pm : blog, Uncategorized

Okay now that your soda pop has come out of your nose and mouth and finished spraying this computer screen, let’s deal with seriousness of Carly Rae Jepsen’s condition, shall we?

These *shoes* look like they just escaped from a LEPER COLONY and now we’re afraid Carly needs to be quarantined before she spreads a horrid foot disease (or even worse, spreading bad taste).

Carly Rae may have done us all a favor five years back with her ubiquitous pop singing that was too catchy not to repeat, but now she’s dumping all that good will overboard.

If a stage 5 twister unexpectedly hit your house and sucked up your entire wardrobe that included these butt ugly shoes, we guarantee that the tornado would gag and die in 2 minutes from these hideous platforms (even Tornados have their standards).

Please Carly, call me maybe . . .before you trying buying your own shoes again!!!!

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Stuart Weitzman Shoes At “Nuts n Berries Cafe” on Ventura Blvd. in Encino, California

Gary Smolker : February 3, 2017 1:53 am : blog

Stuart Weitzman Shoes At “Nuts n Berries Cafe”

The man (Arash Majlessi) in the photo below is the owner-operator and master of cuisine at “Nuts n Berries Cafe” on Ventura Blvd. in Encino, California.

The dishes in the photos below are Vegetable Barley Soup and Arash Salad, which I ate for lunch today at “Nuts n Berries Cafe.”

The shoes are Stuart Weitzman Shoes worn by a customer (Jackie O) I met for the first time at lunch today (Thursday, February, 2, 2017) at “Nuts n Berries Cafe.”

Jackie O and I were strangers when we met and friends by the time we finished eating lunch.


Jackie O told me she bought her Stuart Weitzman Shoes at her favorite store, Neiman Marcus.

See full details on Instagram @garyspassion.


Gary Smolker, fashion blogger
Dude's Guide to Women's Shoes

Gary S. Smolker, publisher, book reviewer, movie reviewer, social commentator
Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange Blog

on Instagram @garyspassion


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