|Channeling my inner Olympian a few years ago...or not (Snow Pants and Jacket, Spyder)|
Despite Mom's admonitions to cut it out, I couldn't help myself, and she made more than one trip up the stairs to catch me in the middle of my free skate program. She probably wouldn't have minded so much if I'd been practicing the "Hammil camel" in my socks. Alas, the unprotected blades of my skates were not kind to the floor. But those skates, oh how I loved those skates. I simply couldn't leave them alone. They were deep, satiny red and they made me feel tall and graceful (I was neither of these things). I don't know where they came from (If I had to bet, I'd say she found them at a garage sale or an auction) but they were the most beautiful ice skates in the world, and in them I won every competition and starred in the Ice Capades. A handful of times, I even got to wear them on real ice at Soupley's Pond a few miles from our house.
A few years ago, after borrowing some skates from a friend for a winter afternoon on the lake with our neighbors (photo above), I decided I really should have my own pair, since we live on the water and all. Of course, I wanted red skates, but as it turns out, red skates are pretty much a custom deal. So, instead, I settled for a pair of white skates with aqua details that matched my snow pants and coat. It's probably for the best, because if I'd found red skates I'd have wanted new snow pants to match!
Speaking of matching, I've always wondered why Olympic and professional female skaters don't have skates that coordinate with their elaborate costumes. Have you noticed they only wear white or nude skates? Why is that? If I were designing skating ensembles, I'd want the skates to be more dramatic. Wouldn't it be cool if Christian Louboutin designed skates. I'd love to see the periodic flash of red soles slicing through the air!
|Why yes, my sunglasses do have aqua trim. That's just the way I skate!|
Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!
Your childhood memories always make me smile. I too have wondered about the matching skates. Every now and then we might see a sparkle boot cover, but that is about it. Let's watch the Olympics and find some fancy ones this year!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Jen! I do wonder whether skaters avoid color for fear they'll distract from the technique displayed, or worse, call attention to little missteps...or maybe with beige colored skates they think it makes their legs look longer. On the other hand, could just be tradition - kind of like "tennis whites" at Wimbledon. I want to see something fancy!Delete
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