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September 10, 2013

Vol. 15 # 4

Shoes Special Issue

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Soles What do your shoes say about your personality? FAU senior Maria Mor says shoes reflect personality By Cealia Brannan P. 24

THE FLIPSIDE The truth about your flip-flops P. 16

COLORS AND TEXTURES

SHOE PSYCHE

FAU’s fashion club talks about fall trends

There’s a reason behind your every fashion choice especially for the shoes you wear

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Love fashion? See what FAU’s fashion club Material World has to say about fall trends.

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What the doctors say high-heel lovers can do to avoid foot pain

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Unravel the mystery behind your shoe choice and what people think about you.

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Flip flops may hurt your body more than high heels.

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Sports and sneakers go foot-infoot for FAU’s athletes.

“Souls of our Shoes” creator, FAU student Maria Mor, talks about the tie between people’s shoes and personalities.

Size up Maria Mor’s shoe photo exhibit at FAU Wimberly Library.

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Footwear Fetish Footwear Fetish “A shoe has so much more to offer than just to walk.” — French shoe designer Christian Louboutin. By Cealia Brannan Special Issue Editor

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hen John asked me to marry him, I had the dress in four weeks. Three months later, I still don’t have the shoes. No one will see my shoes –– they’ll be hidden under my dress –– but, to me, they’re the most important part. I remember when I was 12, walking around my house in a new pair of red patent-leather pumps. They were taller than my other heels so I practiced walking in them all day. If I was going to wear them the next day, I had to go ahead and learn how. Ever since then, shoes have been a big part of my life –– in 2011, I even worked at a shoe store. Each of my 77 pairs has a memory or experience attached to it. I picked up one pair of pale pink, Guess brand heels sitting on the side of the road on my way to the beach last year. They looked brand new and were just my size. I hesitated at taking the beautiful shoes, thinking I should try to find the owner. But, with almost no one at the beach that day, I happily claimed them. Another favorite pair — black and white pointy-toed heels — survived a motorcycle ride. The heels wedged themselves on the Harley’s foot pegs, even prevented my feet from slipping. It probably wasn’t the smartest idea, but it’s an experience forever attached to those heels. So, after years of buying, wearing and selling shoes, it’s my second nature to follow shoe trends, find good deals and know which shoes are worth the money. Ask me about a shoe store or website and I’ll give you a tip from my experience there. As obsessed as I might sound, I found a girl right here at FAU who is just as obsessed as me and running an entire exhibition on shoes and what they say about people’s personalities. She took photos of people’s feet and asked them why they chose to wear their shoes. In this issue, I’ll show you what I found in my investigation of why we wear the shoes we wear. An FAU psychologist spoke to me about a study connecting shoes to personality traits and how women have been found to wear shoes more often to compete with other women than to impress men. The rest of the issue will guide you through shoes trending this fall, how to take care of your feet and why athletes at FAU are just as into their shoes as I’m into mine. Enjoy,

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Fashion Fashion at FAU at FAU FAU’s fashion club shares trends and tips for fall By Cealia Brannan

Photos by Danny Cardenas, Michelle Friswell and Ryan Murphy

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ngela Caruso, the president and founder of FAU’s fashion club Material World, loves her ankle boots with cutouts and buckles more than all her other shoes. The senior business marketing and management major started the club two years ago after making a business plan for

her Writing for Management class. “I love fashion, and we [didn’t] have [a fashion club] here. So then, I just decided to actually make it a club,” she says. Caruso loves shoes and has spent more than $500 on a pair of Coach leather heels. “It’s like if you try it on and you feel like

Cinderella, it’s coming home with me.” Along with more boots this season, Caruso has seen a lot of velvet textures that will be trending this fall. “It’s on everything. It was on heels, it was on flats, and I thought that was kind of different because I haven’t seen a lot of velvet on shoes,” she says. “I thought it

THIS FALL’S COLORS New York’s fashion website, Pantone, shares five colors of the season. MYKONOS BLUE: “a

bold, meditative blue for a classic and relaxed fall look.”

EMERALD: brings “luxury and elegance to the palette.”

LINDEN GREEN: “brings a

lightness and brightness to the deeper shades of fall.”

ACAI: “adds mys-

tery and richness to the palette, and can be incorporated with the other colors to create a number of powerful fall combinations.”

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Continued from Page 6 was pretty cool.” Christian Louboutin is her favorite shoe designer, displaying purples, reds, grays, and blacks in his fall and winter shoe line. “I just love his designs, they’re sleek and just beautiful,” Caruso says. “They ooze luxury and they’re like my absolute dream shoe.”

Blues and greens will also be popular this fall –– specifically linden green, emerald green and mykonos blue –– according to Tory Burch’s shoe line. Thivy Pham, junior international business major and Material World’s vice president, likes the purples trending this fall the most and is obsessed with scarves.

To cope with Florida’s warm fall weather, Pham and Caruso both like wearing their boots with shorts. Caruso says they “can get away with it.” To her, the fun part of fashion is trying new things, and she, along with three other members of Material World, share a few fashion tips for fall.

FROM FAU’S FASHION EXPERTS Four members of Material World, FAU’s fashion club, each share a shoe fashion tip.

ANGELA CARUSO, president and founder: “Try and go bold for fall. Pair some textures together. If you have a patterned pant and velvet shoes, a little more bold, just try it. I would definitely go out and buy at least one pair of something different that I’m not used to.”

NATASHA GRULLON, social media coordinator: “No crocs. I will not talk to someone with crocs on.”

SARAH SHELDON, member: “I usually get my shoes from thrift stores or Goodwill, honestly. If you go to Palm Beach and the Goodwills there, you can find really nice stuff. Look at celebrities. If you like how they dress, then try to find knockoffs of things like that.”

THIVY PHAM, vice president: “Wear any shoes that really stand out. That will make the outfit pop.”

LOOK OUT FOR... MATERIAL WORLD’S FASHION SHOW Material World is planning to do a fashion show/trunk show with Plato’s Closet, a discount clothing store, this fall. The dates are still pending, but Angela Caruso says to “keep on the lookout for your invite.” For more about FAU fashion, check out Material World’s Facebook page. 88

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er toes look purple and the arches of her feet ache. She walks four hours in 4 ½ inch heels, but refuses to take them off until the night is over.

Heels

“My feet wanted to kill me,” Natasha Grullon, junior graphics design major says. She had made a commitment with her heels to wear them until she returned home and

FROM THE EXPERTS Advice from podiatrists on how to keep your feet healthy in heels. Dr. Jodi Shoenhaus from Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center in Boca Raton says:

1. “Everything in moderation:” Wear a platform or a wedge with a cork or rubber sole when shopping or walking around for long periods of time. Rubber and cork are good shock absorbers, while wedges and platforms make the shoe feel shorter than it actually is. 2. “Use pads:” Placing pads in your heels will cushion your feet and prevent the pad of your foot from losing its natural fat pad –– this is called “fat pad atrophy.” 3. “Find the right shoe:” If your feet are wide, it’s

important to find designers that make wider shoes. Square-toed shoes are better if you have callouses or bunions on your toes - pointy-toed shoes will only aggravate them.

WebMD combines the advice of the American Podiatric Medical Association, an organization with foot and ankle health resources, and two podiatrists –– Dr. Stuart Mogul from Mogul Foot Care in New York and Dr. Morris Morin from Hackensack Center for Foot Surgery in New Jersey:

1. “Get the best-fitting high heel possible:” Look for properly fitting heels so that your foot doesn’t slide forward and put too much pressure on the ball of your foot. 2. “Wear a thicker heel for stability:” Wearing a thicker

heel improves your balance and relieves pressure by distributing weight across the foot.

3. “Pay attention to the ‘slope’ or ‘pitch’ of the heel:”

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Foot doctors suggest ways to prevent foot pain when wearing heels

had walked through the pain to keep it. High-heel lovers understand what Natasha has experienced and over the years I’ve learned several

By Cealia Brannan

tricks to keep my feet happy and healthy before and after wearing my sky-high stilettos. But, before I share my secrets, let’s see what a few foot doctors have to say.


EDITOR’S TIPS What I do: 1. Be confident in your walk: If

you don’t know how to walk in heels, practice, practice, practice. I used to walk in front of a mirror to make sure my walk looked natural. As shoe designer Manolo Blahnik says, “There is nothing charming about a woman who cannot walk in her shoes.”

2. Keep your nails short: I trim

my toenails to keep them from digging into the toe of my shoes.

3. Change styles: If I’m going

out one night and plan to wear high heels, I make sure to wear a different style shoe –– like a wedge –– during the day.

After wearing heels: 1. Soak your feet: To get rid of

any aches and pains, I soak my feet in a mint foot soak, rub on lotion, and then put on soft socks.

2. Foot rub: If I forget to put

insoles in my heels, my feet usually hurt at the end of a night out. So, I ask my fiance for a foot rub, and it always does the trick.

3. Wear cute flats or sandals:

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The day after I wear heels, I pick a nice pair of flats or sandals to wear. It helps my feet recover from any leftover aches.

Did you know... Flip-flops could be worse for your body than high heels. See more about flip-flops on page 16.

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Sole Impression Sole Impression You wear your shoes for a reason, but they could say something completely different about you. By Cealia Brannan

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arah Sheldon’s boyfriend only notices when she wears flip-flops because she hates them and he likes to poke fun. Since they started dating, the sophomore business management major has gotten used to pointing out her “cute” shoes to him. FAU psychologist Ryne Sherman explains that women tend to wear shoes for other

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women –– instead of men. Men don’t really notice women’s shoes, but women notice other women’s shoes. “Evolutionary psychology has a lot of answers for that, that have to do with things like finding mates, retaining mates, those sort of big goals that people have, at least historically speaking,” Sherman said. Sherman says that from an

evolutionary standpoint, men and women do certain things in competition with others of their gender to stake their claim when searching for a mate. For example, he says women like to wear stylish shoes to fend off other women. He equates this with how a “typical frat boy” chugs beer to prove himself to the other frat boys. He says women don’t notice this or even care, but it’s a way

a man can show other men he’s a “tough guy.” “In a similar way, females can use clothing and shoes… that shows that instead of actually attracting mates, what it can do is keep competition away.” Maria Mor, FAU senior photography major, has a shoe exhibit on campus showing the connection between shoes and personality. She thinks if a man notices

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a woman’s shoes, it’s probably because certain styles of shoes like pumps or wedges tend to accentuate a woman’s figure. She says her boyfriend notices her shoes “either because they add to my voluptuous figure or simply because they are cool shoes.” Sherman references a scientific study called “Shoes as a Source of First Impressions” from The Journal of Research in Personality. Sixty-three undergraduate students, ages 1822, judged individuals’ personalities based on photographs of their shoes. Sherman explains that the study measures the way people judge a person’s personality by the style of shoe they’re wearing. This judgment is compared to how the shoe owner judges their own personality. For example, the study says that a person wearing pointy-toed shoes is judged by others as being unstable emotionally. But the person wearing the shoes may consider themselves to be emotionally stable. “If my judgment matches your personality, then we’re accurate,” he says. Sherman says if someone picked one pair of shoes to wear all the time, it would probably say a lot about their personality. But, he thinks the study is useful not in determining one’s personality solely because of their shoes, but in understanding how people may perceive their personality based on the shoes they wear.

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WHAT A SHOE MIGHT SAY ABOUT YOU... The “Shoes as a Source of First Impressions” study shows perceived personalities associated with different types of shoes.

BRIGHT AND COLORFUL shoes:

It’s possible you are seen as extroverted and open

PRACTICAL AND AFFORDABLE shoes: You could be perceived as agreeable

NEAT AND WELL-KEPT shoes:

Others may perceive you as conscientious

POINTY-TOED shoes:

You might be perceived as formal, uncomfortable, or emotionally unstable Source: The Journal of Research in Personality


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Flip the Last Flop the Last Flip Flop Wearing flip-flops can cause more damage to your body than high heels By Cealia Brannan

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AU graduate student Vivian McGowan likes wearing heels and wedges more than flip-flops. When she hears flip-flops could be worse for her body than high heels, she says, “I mean, it’s good to know that. At least I don’t like really wearing flip-flops a lot.” Flip-flops may be worse on your body than high heels, according to a New York Daily News article. The article

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references the research done by ZocDoc.com, a website for doctors throughout the country. The research compiles information from several foot experts, including the National Foot Assessment 2012 study, to draw conclusions about the damage wearing flip-flops can cause. Lalitha Balasubramanian, the lead researcher on a highheel study presented at the

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American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting in 2008, showed that heels can lead to backaches and sprained ankles in a WebMD article. Wearing flip-flops can lead to head, neck and hip problems, according to ZocDoc’s research. When walking down a flight of stairs normally, the heel hits, the foot flattens and the toe pushes the body forward, the

WebMD article says. Balasubramanian observed 11 college-aged women as they walked down a flight of stairs in 2 ½ inch heels. “They’d land much more softly than is typical on their heel, and then the foot went flat. Then, they’d put a lot of force on their toe in order to move the body forward to the next step,” she says. She explains that the “unsteady gait” overuses lower

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leg muscles, which leads to foot injuries. Flip-flops also encourage an unnatural way of walking by pushing the ankle inward, lacking support for the pad of the foot and having an insufficient arch, according to ZocDoc. The National Foot Health Assessment 2012 found that ankle sprains were the most common foot problem in their 2012 study of 1,456 people

age 21 and older. The ZocDoc research says people tend to scrunch their toes when walking in flip-flops which can lead to head, neck, and hip problems. Wearing flip-flops can lead to other injuries like heel spurs, lower back pain, bunions, infections and foot fatigue. Dr. Carine Porfiri, the chief medical officer at FAU, says that although symptoms like lower back pain are

unpleasant, most can be cured if the offending action — like wearing high heels or flip-flops — is stopped. Bunions and hammertoes are painful, as well, if they are aggravated in tight-fitting shoes, says Dr. Jodi Shoenhaus of the Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center. She says that if the correct shoe is worn, these foot problems won’t be painful. Bunions and hammertoes are mainly a cosmetic problem

and can be operated on, according to Porfiri. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests wearing flip-flops with thicker soles and supportive arches. Fitflop is one of the recommended brands, along with Orthaheel flip-flops. Since McGowan doesn’t like wearing flip-flops anyway, she is encouraged that her heels and wedges may be the healthier option.

PROBLEM AREAS ZocDoc’s research shows four specific parts of the foot that can develop problems from wearing flip-flops. (Source: ZocDoc.com)

ANKLE:

“Flipflops do not have straps that support around the ankle. Sprains and twists can occur more easily when wearing these shoes.”

ARCH: “Flat, thin-

HEEL: “Pain along

TOES:

the plantar fascia [the ligament along the bottom of the foot] is caused when there is too much strain on the main connective tissue from the heel to the toes.”

soled flip-flops have no arch support, causing the foot to collapse and lie unnaturally flat on the shoe.”

“[Scrunching the toes] at the wrong time in the gait cycle can lead to head, neck, and hip problems.”

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ragan Sekelja, starting center for FAU basketball, would spend up to $240 on a pair of Air Jordan shoes –– shoes named after Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan. That’s not even half the price of some Jordans. He says Jordans make a fashion statement and he wears them to the club and to games –– but he doesn’t play in them. He changes into his Adidas shoes and then back into his Jordans after each game. “It sort of makes you special if you have a certain edition and because of that people will engage in conversation with you about those shoes,” Sekelja says. Greg Gantt, recent graduate and FAU basketball’s all-time leading scorer, says Air Jordans carry history since Jordan wore them in different games. Jordan was Gantt’s favorite basketball player when he was growing up, so he always wanted the newest pair. Jordan wore the first pair designed, Air Jordan 1, during the 1985 NBA season after Nike gave him his own line of sneakers and apparel along with a unique logo, according to Footlocker’s history of the shoe line. Air Jordan 1 was the most

expensive basketball shoe at the time, selling for $65, Footlocker says. Now the price of a pair of Jordans has escalated significantly. “I’ve known people to pay $600 - $700 dollars for a pair of Jordans,” Gantt says. Sneakerwatch.com says the few original Air Jordans available now cost $3,500. Each time Jordan wore the signature black and red shoe, the NBA fined him $5,000 for violating NBA uniform regulations. Nike gladly footed the bill each time, creating publicity for the shoes, according to Complex.com’s article on the history of Air Jordan sneakers. Complex.com’s article says Air Jordans have been especially popular the past few years. “With the new generation of ‘sneakerheads’ and the craze about Jordans over the past few years, there is often an argument that some of the buyers never even saw Jordan in flight or know anything about the history of Air Jordans.” Basketball players aren’t the only people who wear Jordans at FAU. Sekelja says other FAU athletes including football players wear them too. Johnathan Ragoo, offensive

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“The internet crashes when a new pair of Jordans comes out,” Gantt says. “People get shot and killed over them. People get stabbed over them.” New Jordan sneakers come out every month and, since graduating, Gantt says he “can’t keep up with it now.” The fact that every Air Jordan released sells out is a fairly new trend, Complex.com says. But for those who own a pair of Jordans, Sekelja says the goal is to

keep them looking brand new. Gantt once took a pair to the cleaners but usually wipes them down with a napkin. “A lot of Jordans are white and you can see every little crease and scratch so people make it a big deal if you step on their shoes, if you have on your Jordans,” Gantt says. Sekelja owns 10 pairs, and Gantt owns 20. Although Sekelja considers his number of Jordans to be small, Gantt is confident his 20 pairs is enough.

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Soleful Soleful

Shoes hold a history and say something about their wearer, according to Maria Mor.

By Cealia Brannan

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aria Mor tells me almost halfway through our conversation that her favorite shoes are leprechaun-green flats. It isn’t surprising –– they seem to fit her perfectly. Mor, a senior photography major, tells me her “Souls of Our Shoes” exhibit began as a class project. We sit inside Yogurt Zone –– a frozen yogurt shop –– to escape the afternoon heat, and

then stroll through Boca’s Sommerset Plaza before we part ways. After one month of taking photos of other students’ feet and asking them how they would describe their shoes in one word, she was encouraged by her Photography Professor Suzie Kahlil to share her project with the community. Mor set up 17 photos, each of a different pair of shoes worn by an FAU student

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and one by Mor’s boss at TJ Maxx, along the walls of the first floor of FAU’s Wimberly Library. Every photo in her exhibit has a title and quote from the person who wore the shoes, demonstrating the personality reflected by their shoes. One photo frames a comfortable-looking pair of boots worn by 23-yearold Adam Sheetz, former designer for the UP and current artist and illustrator.

“Five years ago, my grandfather gave me my first pair of authentic boots. From then on, every pair of boots I buy somehow ties me to him. When I wear these boots, I feel close to him. They reflect my roots,” Sheetz’s quote reads next to the photo titled “Compassionate.” Mor loves to watch humans interact and she particularly loves how the shoes she photographed held a history for each person.


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Maria Mor shares how she came up with into, and what her best experience

CEALIA BRANNAN: How did you think of doing the “Souls of Our Shoes” exhibit? MARIA MOR: I came up with the concept for the exhibit while I was sitting near the Arts and Letters building on a bench. I am a very observant person. Not in a creepy way, but in a sociological way. Anyways, I began to look at people and their shoes. In other words, how people wore their shoes and transmit their personality through their shoes. Not one person wears the same shoes and if they do they wear them very differently. Whether it is the outfit that compliments the shoes or the attitude carried by the wearer, they are portals into people’s personalities. CB: What does the exhibit show about shoes and personality? MM: People think very hard about what shoes they will wear on a specific day. Some are very eccentric while others very simple and fresh. Specific ones are made of fabric while others are made of less traditional materials such as hemp, tires, rhinestones, bamboo, etc. The idea of the exhibit is to portray that every person is a unique individual and their shoes say just that. Think about it, why red shoes as opposed to black? Why heels as opposed to flats? Why shoelaces as opposed to Velcro or straps? Consequently, people want to make a statement about themselves. Shoes are a very indirect way of telling the world who they are. CB: What type of problems did you run into? MM: Throughout the process I had quite a lot of problems. First, approaching people in the beginning to participate in UPRESSONLINE.COM | Sept. 10, 2013 26UPRESSONLINE.COM SEPT. 3TH 2013 26

my study. I am not shy but I get very nervous sometimes. Second, actually having people agree to participate. I mean, I am asking people to take their photo, not of their face, but their feet. People are not too proud of their feet. They can be ugly, smell or simply have no interest in sending attention towards their feet. When I actually did have volunteers, the problem was how to make a set of photographs of shoes interesting to the viewer. I had to find backdrops and environments that would one: correlate with the personality of the wearer and two: create poses so that shoes were just as expressive as a smile, eyes, or face emotions would look on a photograph.

CB: What is your favorite photo and why? MM: I have three favorite photographs: Lamise Mansur (former photographer for the University Press and current independent photographer): Adventurous. This photograph was taken on a tree, meaning we climb a tree in order to capture it. They are beautiful shoes. They look fresh and earthy, but at the same time intricate and complicated, just like the wearer. Greg Rhinehart: Wonderer. It is my favorite because his shoes have a history. They are artifacts of a trip he took to Peru. They were not just shoes but his companions. Ilana Simone: Rush. She is just what her shoes say. Combat boots: hardy and strong; a bit intimidating. She is a dancer. She is dressed girly, but she has never been good at being a girl. [She] dances like a boy. I also, like the backdrop and the color pallet in the


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“Souls of Our Shoes,” the problems she ran was in one of her favorite pairs of shoes:

photograph.

CB: What is the best experience you’ve had in one of your favorite pairs of shoes? MM: My first pair of Converse

probably have taken me through so many adventures. I’ve had them since middle school. I am from South America, Colombia and my family and I went to Armenia ( the coffee capital of Colombia where all the coffee is produced). We went zip lining from mountain to mountain. Very big valleys in between. They have also been to France with me for a month. By the time I gave them away (last month) the soles were ripped, plastic was completely gone,and they were not black anymore. Imagine the smell! I mean think about it, Converse, in my opinion, are meant to look rowdy and ripped or torn. It is the character of the shoe! So in the end my converse were at their peak moment!

CB: Why do you love wearing different kinds of shoes? MM: It might sound very cliché to quote a movie but I could not have explained it better than Sandra Bullock in “All About Steve.” She said that the reason why she wore those red boots was because it made her toes feel like they were on a field day. That is exactly why. When I wear something, especially shoes, I want to feel like I am having a party all

over my body. They make me happy and when I am happy everything is good!

CB: How did you get into art and photography? MM: I have always been artsy, since I was a very small child. In my family we have a lot of artists, graphic designers, and sculptors, so I was always around creative people and art supplies. When I started college I began with graphic design. I was so excited and ready to just tackle anything that came my way. Then, discouragement hit me really hard. It was my second year of college. I was really convinced that I was going to change my major to something that had nothing to do with art. Then I met [this person] who is now my best friend, Michelle. She convinced me to take Photography I with Suzie Kahlil (she is the professor I owe for this study, making it into an exhibit and in general for choosing photography as my career). This class was the turning point of my life and, well, my career. I am completely infatuated with art and history of art. It is as if at this moment a little light bulb was turned inside of me, and I gained self confidence. Everything is going well for me now. I am excited for all the good things to come. I am not sure what all those things are but I have this little feeling in my gut that they are good!

Mor says she never anticipated the media attention her project would attract from the Sun Sentinel, CBS 12, Boca Magazine and the University Press. She appreciates Assistant Director of Communications and Cultural Affairs Carol West for providing and handling it, and Director of Communications and Cultural Affairs Terri Burn for helping her set up the exhibit.

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SoULs Our Shoes Shoes SoULs of of Our Catch a glimpse of the photo exhibit by Maria Mor, the senior photography major who explores the personality behind our shoes. Photo Exhibit by Maria Mor

GREG RHINEHART - “Wonderer” “They hold the history of everything I did in Peru, all my adventures. With me they went through water, dirt, and rain. They are my partners in exploration.”

ILANA SIMONE - “Rush” “I’m a singer and dancer, yet I have never been good at being a girl. I usually dance like a boy. As a dancer, I need shoes that are going to make me want to dance.”

LAMISE MANSUR - “Adventurous” “I actually love these shoes. They make me happy and are like my reserved and quiet personality... they belong outside in the outdoors exploring with me.” UPRESSONLINE.COM | Sept. 10, 2013 28UPRESSONLINE.COM SEPT. 3TH 2013 28

MARIA MOR - “Abuelitas” “I enjoyed the chasing, I enjoyed lying on dirt, sand, and concrete to get perfect angles. I even enjoyed falling on my face because of my negligence of the ground and utmost attention to my shoes. I enjoyed digging into peoples’ minds and hearts and making them see that they are unique in their own way. I LOVED it all, because I was able to instill the essence of a person and give a different value to something as simple as shoes.”


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Here are some more artistic impressions that you can see at Mor’s Exhibit plus some words by each person explaining why they feel their shoes define their personality.

BROOKE BACHTEL - “Love” “I am outgoing, happy, and nice. The different beads and rhinestones reflect my fun personality and the different shades of blues reflect my love for the outdoors and the ocean.” From The Souls of our Shoes Maria Mor

RICHARD FOSHEE - “Open To Change” “At the beginning, when I first bought [these shoes], I was worried about how I looked. Mainly, I was worried because I was not comfortable with who I was physically. I have grown since 2006. I have matured to the point that I do not care; who cares what people think. They are just shoes.” From The Souls of our Shoes Maria Mor

LAUREN SONENSON - “Confident” “Often optimistic and dedicated, I feel the need to make a change. I have this energy and compassion for life. This vibrancy to go out and run, to stand out. Although I like to be comfortable, I am outgoing; I like a challenge.” From The Souls of our Shoes Maria Mor

CASSANDRA ALEXIS - “Best For Less” “Being a very feminine girl, I like to look good and sparkly. On the other hand, I am also very cheap. I bought these shoes for a very good price, which is the most exciting for me. They are my favorite color and they contrast with my shy personality.” From The Souls of our Shoes Maria Mor

CASEY SHEA - “Original” “It is very rare to find shoes made out of hemp and I found them. I find that these shoes are full projections of my personality. They represent my simplicity and easygoing vibe. Their tan color reminds me of the beach, a place where I love to go and relax. They are not too tight and free flowing; there is nothing that holds me back.” From The Souls of our Shoes Maria Mor

“Souls of Our Shoes” will be on display in the FAU Wimberly Library until Sept. 27.

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