Lens-Artists Challenge #161 – Feet and Shoes

rain boots, boots, color, girls
Rainy Day Fun

“Anyone in kindergarten knew that a girl should wear shiny red or white boots on the first rainy day, not to keep her feet dry, but to show off. That’s what boots are for – showing off, wading, splashing, stamping.”

Beverly Cleary

This week Ann-Christine invites us to have a look at feet and/or shoes. I’m taking the opportunity to respond with some images from our travels including my opener above and the image below. Both are from the fun, artsy Neve Tzedek area of Tel Aviv. I hope the little girls there follow the advice of my opening quote!

ballet shoes, umbrellas, Israel
Dancing Feet

“Dancing is creating a sculpture that is visible only for a moment.”

Erol Ozan

The beautiful display above was part of the Suzanne Dellal Center for contemporary dance. I just loved the colorful dancing feet and couldn’t resist including them this week although I’ve used this one on a previous post.

piano, baby, music
Musical Feet

“There are words in the soul of a baby, wanting and waiting to be written.”

Toba Beta

One final image from Tel Aviv, the capture above shows a young child using his pudgy little feet to play a musical rug in a local park. Although I couldn’t swear to it under oath, I’m fairly certain the “piano” actually made music. I DO remember how much he was enjoying his own serenade!

shoes, blue, high heels
Fancy Footwear

Tell me where is fancy bred, in the heart or in the head?”

William Shakespeare

Back in the U.S., the image above goes back quite a long time, to my niece’s wedding. As she and her bridesmaids were getting ready for the big day, the ladies had lined their shoes up waiting to be worn at the last minute. As most women know, there is NOTHING comfortable about high-heeled shoes – surely they were invented by a man – just sayin’ 😊

sparkles, shoes, pink
Future Cinderella

“I’m just a common girl wanting to be someone’s Cinderella, hoping that the shoe fits only me.”

Namrata Gupta

Like the image that precedes it, the sparkly pink shoes above were worn for a wedding on New York’s Hudson River, this time by a young attendee. As you might guess, it was an outdoor service and rather than throwing rice, flower petals were provided for tossing at the exiting couple following the ceremony. Hopefully before she reaches a bit more maturity high heels will be out of vogue.

shoes, Budapest, memorial
Shoes on the Danube Bank

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

Richard Puz “from an Irish headstone”

I’ll close with one of my favorite images everan example of shoes that are clearly not meant for fun. The shoes were among 60 pairs that are part of a memorial we visited on the Danube River in Budapest. The memorial represents the shoes that were left behind when 3,500 people were made to remove them before being shot and falling or being pushed into the river in 1944 and 1945. It is an extraordinarily moving monument that for me personalized the horrific events of that terrible time.

A big thank you to those of you who joined us for Patti’s Inspiration challenge last week. We were inspired by every one of you! We hope you’ll join Ann-Christine and the rest of the team for this week’s feet and shoes challenge. Remember to link your response to her original here, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag to help us find you in our WP Reader section. Finally, we hope you’ll join us next week here on Travels and Trifles as I lead our next challenge. Until then, as always, please stay safe and be kind.

109 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #161 – Feet and Shoes

  1. Hi Tina

    I still adore yojr ‘future Cinderella’ shoes. They take me on a wonderful walk down memory lane to a pair of shoes I had as a child with that exact same sparkly material. I think every little girl should have a pair of sparkly shoes…and even big girls, too.

    Here’s my submission – one final Great Blue Heron for this great challenge:

    Beautiful Great Blue Heron Gone Fishing

    Best, Babsje

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  5. My comment ended up in the wrong post – can you delete the other one —

    Here it is :

    The Beverly cleary quite is the best and this post was so artistic in the way you covered joy and youth – art hanging down and then weddings and then art shoes memorial to round off this human experience – so well done with vibrant colors and then the monotone shoes
    And as I finished enjoying t he shoes and feet theme – I remembered the first time something related to wwii resonated with me – it was 1993 and in CO we saw a Holocaust dance show – the informally dressed ballet dancers first danced to a script being read – about the devastation and loss – then they did the same routine without words and it was powerful.
    Your post reminded me of it because you have the dancing and the memorial and all this depth that connected so well.

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  8. Oh, that last image and the touching piece you wrote about troubled times. Shoes really can tell stories, and you’ve done it so well. And the quote at the top — all little girls (and us old girls) can relate. Oh, to be splashing in puddles with great looking rain boots! Thanks for another good take on the topic.

  9. I love the variety of images you brought together here. The young boy just starting to walk, the fancy footwear, the happy dancing feet sculpture, and the moving memorial with the empty shoes.

  10. Our minds were in sync this week! We both included “happy” shoes and the somber ones in a memorial. A wonderful post, as always, Tina, with terrific images. I love those sparkly shoes and the elegant high heels and the sad ones in the memorial. The sepia tones really work for that shot. I couldn’t agree more with your thoughts on high heels!! Have a wonderful week.

  11. Those dancing feet are fabulous and the shoes on the Danube are a good contrast to the color and brightness of the other photos. I have seen those shoes in Budapest and I will never forget them. Here in Canada we have had memorials for the children who died in the Residential Schools and people have left little children’s shoes. Heartbreaking just like shoes on the Danube.

    • Many thanks Anne, yes the images this week covered quite a gamut of emotions. I wasn’t familiar with the Canadian memorial although I’d of course read about the tragic findings. Patti’s been in Vancouver lately and shared some images of the shoe memorial in her post this week. So very sad.

  12. Oh, Tina – you have covered the whole scenery as perfectly as possible. From joy to sadness. And so true, that simple things can reveal it all, the whole deapth of the story. I must agree, the dancing feet are my favourites too! Just looking at the image makes me happy.

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  14. You captured this theme beautifully, Tina. We often don’t think of our feet and shoes, but aren’t they a photographer’s dream? The perspective of looking down or getting down to shoe level always yields fascinating images. I agree that your last shot is poignant and tragic. A powerful statement indeed.

    • Thanks Terri – it’s true we don’t often look down to create images of shoes but isn’t it funny how everyone actually has some?! And yes, the statement is loud and clear with that memorial. Very moving.

  15. What a beautiful and fun shoe collection, Tina. Musical feet is my favorite, it reminds me the Big movie. The Dancing Feet is creative and beautifully displayed. Now, I want a pair of blue shoes and blue sandals. 🙂

    • Thanks Amy – I’d forgotten about that one – which as I recall was really charming and heart-warming. As for blue shoes and sandals – remember Elvis’ song “Blue Suede Shoes?!

  16. I love that each photo in this post has a story that makes me linger. The happy dancing feet, the shoes at Danube Bank, all evoke emotions that pull me in opposite directions. Tina, what a lovely post!

  17. You have a nice selection of photos. The dancing feet and the little one on the piano keys are my favorites.
    This will be a tough one for me… I can only think of one image that might qualify in my gallery. >grin<

  18. I love your selection of photos, Tina. I am most moved by the last photo and glad you saved it for last. It reminded of me of when I went to the Holocaust Museum, soon after it opened. I was fine, went through almost all the exhibitions stoically, until I came to a large glass case full of shoes that had been taken away and discarded. A pair of shoes fit for a toddler caught my eye, and I almost broke down. All the horror of the Holocaust seemed contained in that one pair of a child’s shoes.

  19. Fabulous images, Tina! In Leeds yesterday the girls were all strutting their stuff in the most amazing heels. Not for me, sadly, but I do remember the time…. 🤗💕 Happy Sunday!

  20. Hi Tina

    Great choices of footwear and quotes in your post! That lead Beverly Cleary quote brought back memories of my own favorite shiny red boots from elementary school! And Dancing Feet is delightful, as is Future Cinderella. It is fitting that Shoes on the Banks of the Danube is monochromatic. Good post.

    Here’s my submission. Did you know that Great Blue Herons have webbed toes?

    Mute Swans Saturday Night Bath Time

    And something odd has happened. I’ve been following your blog forever, but suddenly I noticed today that I was not, and so had to refollow you! How weird.

    Best, Babsje

      • You’re welcome, Tina. It’s disconcerting to accidentally discover that someone I’ve followed has suddenly dropped off my Reader radar. I only noticed your blog because I was whiling away a few moments and clicked the LAPC tag and found your post that way. I wonder which of my other followed accounts have dropped for me. Anyway, have a lovely Sunday!

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    • Thanks Cornelia – the dancing feet display was really wonderful and rather difficult to capture as well! And yes, the sadness poured out of that monument – very moving.

    • Many thanks Miss Linda – sadly I don’t have many images from that day. I think I was more focused on the emotion of it. Blown away by the example of man’s inhumanity.

  22. When I retired, anything with the slightest heel was tossed from my closet. Long live flats! The wedding shoes are so pretty, but little Mr Musical Feet is adorable.

  23. In this family, boots and cross trainers are the norm. The women do have pumps which color coordinate with their wardrobe. I’m more modest with two pair of cross trainers and a pair of all-purpose boots. 🙂

  24. I have seen a photograph of the memorial, shoes by the Danube through my Second Generation group of Holocaust Survivors. Powerful. The way you captured the various other shoe images and their stories brought added meaning to the subject.

  25. Lens-Artists Challenge #161 – Feet and Shoes On Saturday, August 14, 2021, Travels and Trifles wrote:

    > Tina Schell posted: ” Rainy Day Fun “Anyone in kindergarten knew that a > girl should wear shiny red or white boots on the first rainy day, not to > keep her feet dry, but to show off. That’s what boots are for – showing > off, wading, splashing, stamping.”Beverly Cleary This” >

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