Can you believe this was theof an article on website? Well, if you found it unreal, you’re correct. The title actually read, “Are the New Trend?”
I read on because I wear “earthy” sandals. I should have known with the accompanying photo of, and the mention of both and , wearing sandals with “a sole crafted out of natural beechwood and a leather strap that are secured with a metal buckle” that this generation would get credit for starting this trend.
News flash:have known (and comfort) . So, I thought we’d get a mention for helping to initiate this trend, but no. Instead, the article said,
“I imagine they’re worn by a 55+ woman who lives well in Brookline, Massachusetts, most likely went to Wellesley or Smith back in the day, has long gray hair, prefers wide-brimmed sun hats, enjoys gardening, and lives in a mortgage-free Victorian home complete with a Volvo that’s been kicking around and a Coexist sticker. And now that this woman’s busy days are behind her? She has time to enjoy life and simply relish in those light strolls. In other words, she’s achieved the American dream fit for an NPR-listening queen, except she has pesky foot problems.”
The, Liana Satenstein, and editor, Rachel Besser, (both women who look to be in their early 30s) used almost every cliché and one can including:
- in Brookline, Massachusetts, one of the most affluent towns in the state.
- Most likely went to or , both of which are rated as one of the most expensive colleges in America.
- … . Um, you mean when most people go off to college at the age of 18?
- Has …maybe, maybe not.
- Prefers wide-brimmed , enjoys . I’ve got to hand it to Satenstein, I can picture that old woman with the big floppy hat on her hands and knees tending to her garden.
- I want to who doesn’t have a mortgage, drives a Volvo, and has her busy days behind and now enjoys life and relishes light strolls. The first question I’d ask, “ ?”
- I’m 57, and I clearly didn’t realize was being an NPR-listening queen with pesky foot problems.
At, we disrupt these kinds of stories they tell and sell about us. Below is the that should have been :
Women in Their 50s Lead Newest Sandal Trend
This past week in El Cajon, California,walked out in a black romper and a restrained pair of Dr. Scholl’s. She knows she isn’t the these kinds of sandals. , women our age have been playing, working, dancing, and in these simple, sensible, and . We are fashion influencers, even Vogue recognized this by writing: I imagine they’re worn by a 50+ woman who lives in [fill in city and state], most likely went to the college she wanted to attend or could afford back when most young people go off to college. She has long gray hair or short gray hair or dyed hair or however the fuck she wants to wear her hair. She prefers to prevent skin cancer, so she wears a hat or a visor or a baseball cap and SPF 50 sunscreen. She enjoys gardening, CrossFit, writing, yoga, Irish dancing, fostering senior dogs, or advocating for the protection of wild horses, women’s access to healthcare, clean beaches, or eating frozen coconut yogurt with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for breakfast. She lives in a mortgage-free Victorian home or in her childhood home to take care of her parents or in a small apartment after her divorce or with her grown children because they can’t afford to move out or in a van. She drives an old Volvo, a Tesla, an Uber, a refurbished Volkswagen van, a 2006 Toyota Corolla, a Range Rover, or a F-150 with a Coexist sticker. She wishes her busy days were behind her, yet she still makes the time to get up every morning and asks, “how can I live authentically and change the world?” And so, she does wearing ugly, earthy sandals.
If you’ve beento help change the old narrative of women in their 50s to the new and of what it’s like to be our age, then find to action below:
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- us your story. What are the best things about being this age? What are the challenges? How can we celebrate the wins and help with the challenges? Or send us an article that pissed you off so we can change the story to the truth.