20 June 2012

Pink Suede Shoes

She intrigues me. I don't know who she is, I've never seen her on my train before.

She's wearing a fitted sleeveless dress, brownish beige, slightly textured. It's well cut, and makes me think of my mother's Anne Fogarty and Claire McCardell dresses - what one wore in the fifties. Her shoes are pink suede, with a high curvy heel and a little knotted ankle strap - they look a like a cross between character shoes and Fluevogs. And she's shepherding a bright orange folding Dahon. I can't imagine riding a bicycle in those shoes, but then, I'm not her.

Later, once she's settled in on the train, she takes a stainless steel tiffin box out of her snakeskin bag. Once breakfast is over - what she ate, I couldn't tell - she settles in with her knitting, an indeterminate object in pink wool.

Stylish. Environmentally correct. Crafty.

Does she live in my town? My town is so full of bankers and lawyers and people who wear suits to work. The mostly male commuters mostly drive to the train station. Who is she? Why did I find her so fascinating?

12 comments:

Julia said...

I find myself coveting brightly colored shoes these days. Not that I've bought any. But my feet crave red and yellow and purple.

And I love the idea of a tiffin box. If I ever commute I'll buy one, just so I can say the word tiffin every day.

Sarah said...

i love your train stories.

Stimey said...

People watching is a trip. Thank God for the people who seem to work hard to make it interesting. :)

De said...

She sounds pretty great.

And now I must surf the Fluevog site: my chiropractor *ordered* me to get new shoes. Maybe I can charge them on my Health Saving Account?

Kizz said...

She's covered so very many of-the-moment trends it's like she's not real. Maybe she's auditioning for the part of a hipster in a movie!

Janet said...

I had to look up that bike...now I want one!!!

liz said...

She's a character in a novel. If you see her tomorrow, ask her about her knitting so that you can find out more about her!

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

I'd never heard of Fluevogs so I googled 'em and how cool! But I would never pay that kind of money for shoes. Sigh.

Then I googled Anne Fogarty and Claire McCardell and I can't believe those dresses were once considered "sportswear." I have renewed gratefulness for the women's movement.

slow panic said...

can i just be her? being on a train dressed so stylishly, with a fold-up bike, my own prepared breakfast and knitting? sounds perfect.

mayberry said...

I agree with Liz - right out of a novel! I hope you see her again so we can find out more.

kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

I want to be her.

Lady M said...

I'm fascinated!