Thursday, September 16, 2010

Gigi Has a Secret

Well, this isn't exactly a secret, seeing as I'd share it with anyone who brings up anything remotely related to the subject. But I needed to find a way to talk about this amazing pair of boots I found last week (at left), so here's my not-so-secret secret pertaining to these boots:

I'm obsessed with Emma Peel from the '60s TV show The Avengers.

Only a few years after Della Street could only be Perry Mason's long-suffering secretary, Emma Peel was the equal -- and arguably superior -- spy partner of John Steed. (Though I was sad to learn the actress Diana Rigg was paid far less than Patric Macnee, but that's another story.)

Emma Peel was the epitome of the strong woman who was both beautiful and brilliant, not to mention able to physically incapacitate even the strongest bad guy. All while having an amazing sense of style.

Yes, watching old Avengers episodes makes me feel that all things in life are possible.

When I found this kick-ass pair of mustard-yellow buckled boots last week, I immediately thought of Emma Peel. I buy shoes rarely, but I knew I had to have these.

Luckily, they passed the important comfort test. I don't believe in wearing uncomfortable shoes -- who knows when one will have to chase a bad guy, right? Oh, this is real life? In that case, who knows when one will have to walk 5 blocks up a hill in San Francisco. There's really no need for impractical shoes.

But these boots have it all: rubber soled comfort along with the mod style of Emma Peel. When I slipped them on, I did feel I could accomplish anything.

Which turns out to be a good thing, because I'm in the midst of a major overhaul of the mystery I'm writing. Sometimes it's so overwhelming I think it would be much easier to just give up. But would Emma Peel give up? Of course not. She'd slip on these boots and know that all things are possible.



Rachael Herron said...

AWESOME. Those look so great on you, and shoes make GREAT inspiration.

Sophie Littlefield said...

ha. you're one of my style inspirations gigi....and i love that those boots make you think you can do anythign!

Camille Minichino said...

Wow, has a talent scout called yet?
And I love what you did with the photos.

Unknown said...

I can totally relate! Though my Emma Peel obsession competes with that of Agent 99 from Get Smart (which explains my growing collection of trench coats - good for spying on bad guys). And those boots are GREAT. We might have fought for them if I'd been in the same store!

Gigi Pandian said...

Rachael, we're very much on the same page with shoes as writing inspiration :)

Diane, well now I'm going to have to rethink my wishing we lived in the same city! j/k ;)

Brenda Hyde said...

I was more an Agent 99 as Diane said:) But man wouldn't those boots look awesome with a trench coat? Oh yeah!

Unknown said...

Love this! (and the boots :) )

Gigi Pandian said...

Hmm... So it looks like I'm going to have to check out some old Get Smart episodes from Netflix.

Unknown said...

Wait--you've never seen Get Smart? Oh, 99 was my heroine. She kicked butt and she was smart. :)

Gigi Pandian said...

I haven't seen Get Smart since I was really little! I remember my dad loved the show, but he also loved Star Trek and The Rockford Files, which I hated at the time (I know, I know, but I was a little kid).