Butt Ugly Shoe Alert Apr 15

Gary : April 15, 2017 12:04 pm : blog

Coachella Editon: SuperModel Kate Bosworth

First, the obvious. Kate Bosworth’s sandal clodhoppers are hideous. ’nuff said . . .

Second, I would like to talk about the unlikely legacy of the Coachella Music Festival that draws all the planet’s top style and tastemakers like a honeytrap (with or without their butt ugly shoes).

Once up a time, in the backwater San Gabriel Valley suburbs of Los Angeles, there was a cool young dude named Paul Tollet. Paul was a Mod and Ska music fan from the 1980’s who probably didn’t know any celebs, as the eastern edge of L.A. county has more in common with the nearby working class desert communities of San Bernardino and Riverside than with Bel Air and Beverly Hills. Out in this part of SoCal, you’ll find more people who know meth dealers and welfare recipients than know what a Red Carpet event looks like.

This is the armpit of Southern California, and if you grew up here then you got used to people talking about Beverly Hills the same way they talk about San Francisco- it’s a place they remember visiting 10 years ago.

As the crow flies, you’re only about 30 miles from the Hollywood Hills but you might as well be a thousand miles away. Visitors have often described the oddly familiar Midwestern vibe this part of L.A. county gives off- because it’s true.

So young dude Paul graduated from school and then busied himself promoting local bands in this backwater for well over a decade. Then one day near the end of the last century, Paul hits upon a great idea to stage his own music festival in nearby Riverside County- it wouldn’t be like Malibu or even Van Nuys but at least the desert space was real cheap to rent.

Paul launches the Coachella Music Festival in 1999 and apparently it was a flop. But that’s to be expected in SoCal’s crappy inland counties where no one drives a Ferrari or a Tesla. However, Paul managed to convince some deep pocketed folks at the giant AEG corp. to give the idea a second chance by buying into his cash-strapped company. BTW-this was a time of great change in the music biz, the old business models of billion-dollar record chain stores and the greedy record labels were being washed away by the internet revolution of music distribution and consumption. There soon was a need for new sales platforms and new types of music venues to increase revenues of the standard music artist touring model controlled by large ticket agencies. Even the legacy radio stations were feeling the disruption of an online world.

So up steps the previously failed Coachella Music Festival out in lowly Riverside County headed by a young dude named Paul who had no allegiance to the Big Music biz headquartered in Hollywood and New York. Coachella became a new template for touring bands and artists to pool their fanbases together and make live music a discovery event, a kind of organic spectacle that was not stage-managed by big record labels and big ticket brokers.

And with the breakup of the legacy music biz cash flows, artists and venues who could draw in the throngs could gain the upper hand on the big music labels that suddenly found themselves on the outside looking in.

Coachella has now morphed into the world’s premiere fixed-location music festival, the one that really inspired a host of imitators around the globe (sorry Lollapalooza), and is now the tail that wags the music industry big dogs in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Manhattan. Now the entire celebrity universe revolves around an inland Riverside County backwater where Kardashians join top music stars and every top model joins hands with rising young actresses to show off their latest looks on the Indio polo grounds. Even affluent middle-aged wives from London to New York clear their calendars in order not to miss this red hot bacchanalia.

(Whoever would of thought the lowly, forgotten inland empire would have that kind of power?)

Hats off to true visionary Paul Tollet for not going to Hollywood to seek his fortune, but making it come to him on its bended Armani knees.

BTW- did we mention that Kate Bosworth still has ugly shoes?




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The Purpose of Fashion Is To Make A Statement – by Gary Smolker

Gary Smolker : April 15, 2017 5:45 am : blog


“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” -Rachael Zoe, Stylist & Designer

“The way that you dress, and the way that you present yourself to the world communicates something about you before you even open your mouth.” – Hillary Kerr,  Founder “What You Wear”

“Fashion is instant language.” – Miuccia Prada, Fashion Designer


The Purpose of Fashion Is To Make A Statement

Look at those shoes!

Look at that dress.

The woman wearing that dress and those shoes is sensual, complicated and colorful.

Consider the following statements about fashion.

“Today, fashion is really about sensuality – how a woman feels on the inside.  Women are now more comfortable with themselves and their bodies – they no longer feel the need to hide behind their clothes.” – Donna Karan

“People used to complain to me all the time, ‘I can’t even hear you sing because your clothes are so loud.'” – Cyndi Lauper

“A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to want to take it off you.” – Francoise Sagan

A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.” – Sophia Loren

“Put even the plainest woman in a beautiful dress and unconsciously she will try to live up to it.” – Lady Duff-Gordon

The woman wearing that outfit is challenging you.

She is challenging both men and women.

Are you up to her challenge?

I know a woman who is complicated, colorful, creative, introspective, graceful, joyful, a joy to be with (adorable), lively, lovely, authentic, sincere, self-confident, honest, truthful, physically attractive, and doesn’t suffer from lack of self-esteem.

All of those traits are reflected and communicated in the clothes, shoes and boots she wears.


This morning (Good Friday, April 14, 2017), I met Monica as she was pouring a cup of coffee at Noah’s Bagel on Ventura Blvd., in Sherman Oaks, California.

We were strangers when we met and friends by the time she finished pouring herself a cup of coffee.

Monica had no problem talking to me.

I had no problem talking to Monica.

Monica is full of self-confidence.

Compared to 99.999% of the men in the world and 98% of the women in the world, what Monica is wearing (shown in the above photos) is but one of many examples of how coordinated and advanced in their thinking highly evolved women are compared to the average man.

Can you imagine any man being as aesthetically put together as Monica?

I know only one man who consistently/always dresses as outstandingly and as aesthetically put together as Monica.

And, what Monica is wearing is “just” sandals and something she slipped on to go out to get a cup of coffee.


Life to a woman is a work of art.

From a woman’s point of view: A woman’s body (her body) is a canvas on which she displays the level of her greatness as an artist, her artistic abilities, her sensitivity to the world she lives in, her state of mind, her mood, her emotional capacity, her emotional stability, and her intellectual capacity.

Civility and Taste

In what she wears, a woman expresses sentiments that differentiate her from a doormat or a prostitute.

To love a woman is to love yourself.

If a man doesn’t love himself, he can’t love a woman, he is incapable of loving anyone.

If a woman doesn’t love herself, she can’t love a man, she is incapable of loving anyone.

In order to love life you must love yourself.

In America the “typical man” and the “typical woman” is insecure and believes their life is imperfect.

Many Americans believe that one or more things in their life that really matters to them (family, career, money, business, health and fitness, peace of mind, time management, spirituality, love, fun/excitement, travel, joy, sex) is/are NOT working.


[1] Don’t marry someone with low self-esteem.

[2] Carefully observe and interpret the statement being made by what people wear.

  • What people wear tells a lot.
  • Dress is tangible evidence of the human spirit.
  • Someone who cannot write clearly, speak articulately, think logically, and dress appropriately has no control over their own life.

[3] My goal in life is to be with someone who is a joy to be with.

[4] I recommend that you make that your goal too.

[5] I also recommend that you seek (a) to become an accomplished person and (b) that you seek to surround yourself with people of accomplishment.

[6] To be “accomplished” a person must (a) have learned about something, (b) applied what they learned, (c) applied what they learned productively and (d) must be a person who thinks for themselves.

[7] DEALING WITH SERIOUS ISSUES: A person needs to be introspective, reflective and meditative in order to be able to deal with serious issues.

[8] I recommend that you surround yourself with people like that.

[9] Looking at the clothes, sandals, shoes and boots people wear is a good place to start.

[10] The clothes people wear is a good indication of the type of person they are.

Adornment Is A Reflection A Person’s Soul

The quality of sexiness comes from within.

It is something that is in you or it isn’t.

“Adornment is never anything but a reflection of the heart.” – Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

“Women dress alike all over the world: They dress to be annoying to other women.” – Elsa Schiaparelli


“Fashion offers no greater challenge than finding what works for night without looking like you are wearing a costume.” – Vera Wang

Snide Comment by An Exciting Woman

“If men can run the world, why can’t they stop wearing neckties?  How intelligent is it to to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck?” – Linda Ellerbee

The Purpose of Life

“Americans hardly need to ponder a mystery that has troubled men for millennia: What is the purpose of life? For us, the answer will be clear, established and for all practical purposes indisputable: ‘The purpose of life is to produce and consume automobiles.”  – Jane Jacobs

“A car is just a moving, giant handbag!  You never have actually to carry groceries, or dry cleaning, or anything! You can have five pairs of shoes with you at all times!” – Cynthia Heimel

“How would a car function if it were designed like a computer? 

“Occasionally, executing a maneuver would cause your car to stop and fail, and you would have to re-install the engine, and the airbag system would say, ‘Are you sure?’ before going off.” – Katie Hafner

In Your Face Insecurity, Low Self-Esteem, Conformity, Comedy, Tragedy, Foolishness and Lack of Critical Thinking Broadcast Daily on TV News, in Advertising Messages, in Political Commentary, In Self-Improvement Course/Program/Seminar Sales Pitches and on the Internet

Put that aside.  Be positive.

  1. It is a given that we are all faced with foolishness and worse all the time.  Put that aside.
  2. Each of us possesses at least seven measurable intelligences and twenty-five different subintelligences.
  3. Improvement of  *** your sense, my sense and everyone else’s sense *** is possible and foreseeable.


  • “The mind can store an estimated one hundred trillion bits of information – compared with which a computer’s mere billions are virtually amnesiac.”  – Sharon Begley
  • The minimum number of  potential thought patterns the average brain can make is the number 1 followed by 10.5 million kilometers of typewritten zeros. – Pyotr Anokhin

Our human brains can be compared to  ‘multidimensional musical instrument’ that can play an infinite number of musical pieces simultaneously.

Each of us is gifted with a birthright of virtually unlimited potential.

For example, see photographs of wearable art below.

State of Humanity

Fashion is a social barometer.

The purpose of fashion is to make a statement.

Keep reading “Dude’s Guide to Women’s Shoes” for fashion insights and social commentary.

And remember: Your full human potential is boundless.

Human Potential

Human potential is boundless.

The creative and imaginative work done by others gives inspiration to all of us.

See photos below.

Wearable Art

The photograph above was taken by me at an Exhibition of Wearable Art at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts which I attended on April 9, 2017.

The above photograph was shot by me with my iPhone 7 at 1:49 P.M.

According to the Exhibition Catalogue, quoting the creators sculptor Jeff Thompson and his design partner Fenella Fenton:

“Inspiration came from a 100 year old piece of lace. This was enlarged to create the pattern for the print which we used for the garment.  The detail of the lace was enhanced through the use of colour.  The tones of colour used in conjunction with the lace detail suggested a Spanish feel to the garment.

“The shape was spontaneous and the idea to scrunch the aluminum as inspired by playing with bits of screwed up paper, crinkling it and scrunching it to devise a form.  In the end spontaneity worked best”

This exhibition was created and is owned by World of Wearable Art™ Ltd., 95, Quarantine Road, Nelson 7040, New Zealand.

Final Thoughts

Medicine is increasingly focused on upgrading the healthy rather than healing the sick.

Human “development” through genetic engineering and many medical procedures are now driven by advancements in technology.

Human-machine add-ons create combinations in which humans (become “super-humans” with exceptional physical, emotional and intellectual abilities) who can do things human beings could never do before.

Every day, the lines of art, fashion, and technology are blending, blurring and merging more and more with medicine and healthcare as one.

Upgrading the healthy is an elitist project which seeks to give some individuals an edge over others.

So does fashion.

Elites will always remain a couple of steps ahead.

See additional images of  highly creative wearable art shown below.

Wearable art pieces shown below were created by designers with unheard of abilities and unprecedented creativity.

As time goes on, they and people like them will make many of the most important decisions and statements in the world of fashion.

“It’s so important to have a genuine curiosity not just about magazines, but the world around you.” Ann Fulenwider, Editor-in-Chief “Miss Claire”

“Success isn’t about the end result.  It’s about what you learn along the way.” – Vera Wang, Fashion Designer

Ninety nine percent of human qualities and abilities are redundant for the the performance of most modern jobs.

For Artificial Intelligence to squeeze humans out of the job market it needs only to outperform us in the specific abilities a particular profession demands.

“I know for sure what we dwell on is what we become.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Whatever the problem, be part of the solution.  Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.” – Tina Fey


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Dude's Guide to Women's Shoes

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Princess Beatrice- Royal Shoe Alert

Gary : April 8, 2017 10:53 pm : blog

A lot of people in Britain use Sarah Ferguson’s name like a punchline of a national joke, and most royals-obsessed Americans don’t realize how large portions of the UK population despises it royal family (kind of strange when you consider how much these princes and princesses are beloved here in The Colonies that fought so hard against King George III and his red coat army).

Back on topic, since divorcing from the Royal Family, Sarah Ferguson has pretty much faded from public view but her daughters with Prince Andrew, Beatrice 28, and Eugenie have been getting a lot of paparazzi attention since their cousin Prince William’s wedding six years back.

We here at DGTWS are just enthralled with Beatrice and her hip and sassy choice in footwear. Kind of offsets her appalling taste in hats, but we’ll leave that to the hat bloggers.

Dudes, if your lady is a redhead or has ginger tints in her hair, shoes (any apparel, really) in the ultraviolet color range would really flatter her skin tone.

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Butt Ugly Shoe Alert Apr 8

Gary : April 8, 2017 10:40 pm : blog

Katie Holmes, Ex Scientologist and Tom Cruise Wife

Dearly beloved readers, besides Katie’s poor judgement in the husband department, it appears she has bad taste in shoe apparel.

Colorblind much, Katie?

I imagine there’s a time and place where these shoes would be entirely appropriate but we’re not on one of the Moons of Jupiter, are we Katie?

Perhaps this type of B-movie outer space thrift store splash might be popular with outer space fans like Katie’s former pals in the Church of Scientology, but these horrible shoes don’t win the otherwise gorgeous Ms. Holmes any new admirers.

And dudes, if your girl is going to wear ultra-flaired out slacks that look like a Lord Xenu costume, then she should at least have the sense to wear flats that don’t have that Apollo 13 reflective glow to them.



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Butt Ugly Shoe Alert Apr 1

Gary : April 2, 2017 10:24 am : blog

Repeat Offender: Kim Kardashian

Normally, we here at DGTWS think that pregnant women are naturally beautiful- if you’re talking about normal and natural women.

Which kind of leaves Kim out, right?

Dear Kim, at which point does your comfort and safety from a nasty unbalanced pregnancy stumble take precedence over your need to wear the ugliest clear heels we’ve ever witnessed in this particular galaxy?

Seriously, you can tell who the attention-starved divorcees in Beverly Hills are by who is wearing disco club heels on a sunny Cali afternoon.  But for Kim, this is just part of her reality show uniform.

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Living On A Limited High Fashion Shoe Budget In A Dismal Economy – by Gary S. Smolker

Gary Smolker : April 2, 2017 5:50 am : blog

Q: Is It Necessary for Women to Purchase High Fashion Shoes?

A: Owning Stylish Shoes Is Very Important to Women.

As discussed in previous articles published in Dude’s Guide to Women’s Shoes, at www.dudesguidetosomensshoes.com:

  1. Women buy a lot of shoes.
  2. Wealthy women (and not so wealthy women) run out of space to put their shoes.
  3. Women sometimes purchase shoes they never wear.
  4. Women purchase shoes they wear only once or twice.
  5. Inevitably, women get rid of their “old” shoes in order to make a space to put their newly purchased shoes.
  6. Shoe shopping is a necessity; shoe shopping is a beneficial form of  psychological therapy.
  7. Women believe it is necessary to buy new shoes in order to maintain their sense of self and self-esteem.
  8. Many women are addicted to frequently buying new shoes.
  9. Smart businessmen have always known that the most accurate way to look at the economy is by looking at how the beauty salons are doing and at women shoe sales because those are the last things women are prone to give up.
  10. Give a beautiful woman new shoes and a hair do over and hold on.  That is what makes them happy.  They also need to have their nails done regularly.

Q: Are We Living In A Dismal Economy?

A: Yes!

Most women in their 20s and 30s don’t make enough money to pay full price for high fashion shoes and neither do their husbands or fathers; they are living “at home” with parents who have limited means.

[ASIDE: I’ve read that half the young adults in the United States born between 1975 and 1995 are unemployed.]

Q: Is the Economy Likely To Get Better for Working People?

A: No.

It Doesn’t Look like Things Are Getting Better Or That Things Are Going to Get Better.

It has been estimated that people working in 47% of all jobs in the United States are at high risk of being replaced within twenty years by computers.

Today, people who have manual jobs and people who have white collar jobs are losing their jobs because machines are taking over their jobs.

The Unworking Class

Some economists believe

  1. Our economy is in the process of creating a massive “unworking class.”
  2. We are witnessing the creation of a massive group of people devoid of any economic value.
  3. A massive group of people are unemployed and unemployable.

In the opinion of those economists, the critical problem facing the US economy is not the creation of jobs, it is the creation of new jobs that humans perform better than computers.

According to various experts, ninety nine percent of human qualities and abilities are simply redundant for the performance of post modern jobs.

Professionals’ (like MDs’) careers/jobs are threatened by advances in technology and by the creation of computer programs and robots that do a better job than they do.

  • In a recent experiment a computer algorithm correctly diagnosed 90 percent of lung cancer cases presented to it, while human doctors had a success rate of only 50 percent.
  • In its first year of operation a robotic pharmacist provided 2 million prescriptions, without making a single mistake.  On average, flesh and blood pharmacists err in filling 1.7 per cent of prescriptions.  In the United States alone this amounts to more than 50 million mistaken prescriptions every year.

A Modest Proposed Solution to to the Looming Crisis of Our Inability to Pay Full Price for High Fashion Women Shoes

High fashion shoes are being sold at great prices at thrift shops in affluent neighborhoods.

Tell your friends and everyone you know that has limited means, “they can purchase high fashion shoes at great prices by shopping at thrift shops.”


  1. Sherman Oaks is a very affluent neighborhood in Los Angeles, California.
  2. I have two photos taken in March 2017 of  shelves of high fashion shoes donated by affluent ladies to the NCJWLA Council Thrift Store at 12203 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles California.
  3. The photos show there are rows of shoes costing $3.00 and up, rows of shoes costing $7 and up and rows of boots costing $10 and up.  For some technical reason I am unable to paste those into this article.  If you would like a copy of those photos send me an email at GSmolker@aol.com with the heading REQUEST FOR PHOTOS OF SHOES FOR SALE IN THRIFT SHOP.

Are you interested in what the future looks like?

Further Reading

If you would like to read more of my published opinions about “The New Economy”, about what is happening in the world and how the world works, I recommend that you go to www.garysmolker.wordpress.com and read the articles and comments posted and published there, on the “Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange” blog web site, www.garysmolker.wordpress.com.  I also recommend that you follow me on Instagram @garyspassion.

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Dude's Guide to Women's Shoes

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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.]

See dudesguidetowomensshoes.com/music-shoes-fashion-gary-smolker/

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.

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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 www.dudesguidetowomensshoes.com and by reading articles posted on www.garysmolker.wordpress.com.

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
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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 www.dudesguidetowomensshoes.com and which I will be posting on the “Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange Blog” at www.garysmolker.wordpress.com.

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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