I Style! – Tangy Toes

The thing that makes a city interesting is the fact that there could be a surprise waiting for you at any corner. I often think I’m jaded with the proverbial ‘I’ve seen it all’ attitude to things that are supposed to catch my interest. And then I’m proven wrong.

Here’s what I spotted on a late evening in the local train. Orange transparent plastic sandals fastened on with a fat ribbon in a matching hue. How could I not stop and stare?!


Anjani, the owner of those tangy toes (I love aliterations!) works in merchandising a fashion retail business. She was also gracious enough to let me take a photograph for this blog. She isn’t a Mumbaiker (still bothered by the weather and the crowd) but she isn’t new to the city either. But in my mind she represents the colourful panorama of this city, shifting smoothly between outsider, newcomer and seasoned local.

Ooh, the sheer audacity of the design, the spunkiness of the colour..it totally made my otherwise dreary day! Notice the contrast between the shoe and the surroundings – a typical dark-and-dingy platform on a Mumbai railway station.

In fact, now I think I’ll start a section where I report interesting fashion ‘spottings’ in the city. (See an earlier sighting here!)Thank you, Anjani, for inspiration and for the colour!


* Cross-posted to Divadom.


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9 thoughts on “I Style! – Tangy Toes

  1. Cynic in Wonderland May 6, 2008 at 12:40 Reply

    how do people WALK in those shoes i wonder hmmmmm.. i manage to trip over myself in flats even. hmmmmmmmmmmm

    Cynic in Wonderland’s last blog post..Waiting for Godot


  2. rossoneri May 7, 2008 at 06:06 Reply

    they look like a hookers heels 😆


  3. IdeaSmith May 7, 2008 at 08:15 Reply

    @ Cynic: I trip even when I’m barefoot!! Anjani seemed to have no such problems, however!

    @ rossoneri: They most certainly did not. Audacious for sure, but why’s that a bad thing?


  4. rossoneri May 8, 2008 at 09:39 Reply

    The expression is because they look so gaudily out of place and btw its not a bad thing.


  5. Precious May 9, 2008 at 10:38 Reply

    I remember reading your oter fashion spotting…the printed jute bag…last year!


  6. Bee May 9, 2008 at 15:40 Reply

    So is the ribbon attached to the peep-toes, or did she just tie it around for fashion? I think they look kinda cool – I myself made an impulsive orange buy recently


  7. IdeaSmith May 16, 2008 at 09:05 Reply

    @ rossoneri: Ah well, each to his (or her own). You might notice the owner of those toes has paid a visit and I’m sure she wouldn’t feel very nice about being labelled such. Personally I quite liked the shoes which is why I took the picture. But you’re entitled to your opinion and I only hope she sees it that way. Thanks for the comment!

    @ Precious: Plastic bag it was but yes, you’re right! 🙂

    @ Bee: I think the ribbon was attached to the sandals. Totally cool…the colour and the design!


  8. A May 17, 2008 at 10:35 Reply

    Who says fashion is limited only till raunchy models on flashing ramps 😉
    And yes Mumbai remains a vibrant expression of everyman’s splendor, of lively flings, of whimsical imbalances…yet so settling – like when you happen to gaze at the night skyline light streaks – out up on the Marine Drive…Isn’t it?


    As last blog post..Seven WEIRDiest Things About…Me.


  9. IdeaSmith May 21, 2008 at 14:08 Reply

    @ A: Spot on! And now I have something especially for you. Welcome to I Style!



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