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The Enduring Allure of Shoes

Mad About Shoe showcases the art of footware.

In The Wizard of Oz Dorothy has an adventure in technicolor that includes a great pair of shoes. Who can forget that glistening pair of ruby red pumps? Carrie Bradshaw, the iconic fashionista of Sex in the City consoles herself with great shoes while waiting for Mr. Right to come along. And in Florence, Italy there is a whole museum dedicated to displaying centuries of shoe fashions.

Truth be told, most women know the power of a great pair of shoes and like Dorothy, they can escape the mundane in them if just for a little while. It's in that frame of reference that owner Linda Sharpe has opened her store to some of the best-named shoes in the business and recently to the paintings of exotically crafted shoes. 

"The store is a kind of artistic expression for me," said Sharpe. "If people find beauty in the merchandise or like the feel of the store environment it adds something to the community that's more than bricks and mortor. I like using the store's space for artists. It becomes another community resource."

When asked about his choice in painting shoes, local artist Glenn Doyle explained that he had seen a Dutch artist online who painted shoes with photographic percision.

"Shoes have been an artform throughout the ages," Doyle noted.

Mad About Shoe offers other great escapes such as jewelry, handbags, scarfs and another accessory neccessity - good socks.

While in the shop check out the Shoe-a-Day calendar by Wokman Publishing, New York and perhaps you'll think of your visit as another rite of spring.

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