Somehow, we woke up to spring in New York City on Friday. Though I did not dress appropriately for the balmy 72-degree temperature — pulling on tights underneath my jeans has basically become a habit at this point — I am all of a sudden overcome with a burning desire to shop for warm-weather outfits.
The first pieces I usually switch out in my closet once springtime hits are my shoes, since I become so sick of wearing boots every day that I almost develop a legitimate aversion to them. Once I treat myself to a pedicure, I start turning to loafers, backless mules, flat sandals and slides — my favorites of which are statement-making enough to turn a white T-shirt and denim into a fashion-forward look. My latest find? These rainbow slides by Maryam Nassir Zadeh, with a short chunky heel and a scale-inspired, multicolored pattern that brightens as light reflects on it.
I immediately thought of a mermaid when I saw these, which is never a bad thing, and then my mind wandered back to my childhood, when my teachers would read the classic 1992 book "The Rainbow Fish" aloud in class. In case your parents did not love you, the story goes a little something like this: The Rainbow Fish has holographic silver scales that set him apart, making him the most beautiful fish in the sea. However, he will not share said scales with the other fish who ask for them, making him sort of an asshole. Eventually, he learns that spreading the beauty to his ocean-dwelling brethren by giving away all of his special scales but one might make him slightly less handsome on the outside, but much happier on the inside. That's a wonderful message for people of any age, if I've ever heard one.
So, in the spirit of sharing, caring, being a more selfless human and colorful spring shoes, I am going to purchase these immediately. Also, do not pretend you didn't love that book in your youth — and that you still don't to this day. I'll call your bluff.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh Agatha slides, $363, available here.
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