The Long and the Shoe of It: A Thank-You Post

It hardly seemed possible, but last night, after months of planning, stress, and shameless self-promotion, the SOL[e]D! party happened. Now, it’s no secret that WORN readers are a stylish bunch, but the steady stream of fabulous that came through the doors at the Bata Shoe Museum to celebrate and support the launch of Issue No. 8. was the stuff of legend. In keeping with the evening’s theme, the collection of footwear was divine, from thigh-high lace-up boots (you know who you are!) to sky-high stilettos and everything in between. Dresses were saucy and hats were haute. The men gave Jon Hamm a run for his money. To every person who attended, thank you for your support, without which this publication would not exist.

When time came for the live auction, the crowd rose to the challenge and intrepid auctioneer Amanda MacDonald handled the room like a pro. Thanks to all of you who bid for helping make our fundraiser a success, and congratulations to all of you who won your bids – you walked away with some really beautiful, one-of-a-kind work. The Shake a Tail DJs capped the night with excellent music and it was great to see all our staff together (especially our senior editors who came from Montreal and New York), celebrating an evening they worked so hard to bring together.

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pre-Sol(e)d Out!


After months of planning, prepping, and primping, the day of our Sol(e)d! auction/issue release/Shake a Tail dance party is finally upon us! The party starts at 7pm at the Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor Street West). We can tell you guys are as excited as we are: all presale tickets have been sold out! There will be a few available at the door, but come early so you can nab your spot and have a chance to bid on of twenty three original pairs of Keds, including the Samantha Purdy ones pictured above.
For just 28$ you get access to Bata Museum galleries all evening, cheap drinks, free food, great music and tail shaking all night long!
We will be selling 15$ tickets after 10:30, only available at the door and only if there is room available.
Support our vision of independent publishing! A portion of the proceeds from this event benefit Fashion Cares, in support of the AIDS Committee of Toronto.

Hope to see you there!

SOL[e]D Out

Faithful WORN readers, you might have noticed lately our current obsession with shoes, ranging from the website’s Blahnikisms to our Tumblr logs of behind-the-scenes editorial work (covers, articles, etc.) and you know, the odd Doc Marten with hardcore hardware.

Have we gone retifist on you? For our upcoming themed summer issue, absolutely. The Shoe Issue is a first for us, and we’re very excited about the contents: explorations into sneaker freaker collectors, the cinematic fetishizations of a pilgrim buckle shoe, double-paged vegan leather bound spreads, and much much more.

In celebration of this monumental occasion, we’ve set aside the Heartbreak Karaoke Machine and Slow Dance cards for a curated Bata Shoe Museum exhibit! The ART & SOLE exhibition (May 21 – June 6) will feature twenty-four interpretations of that understated fash classic, Keds. We’ve been lucky enough to get those white canvas pairs into the hands of Renata Morales, Clayton Evans of complexgeometries, Angie Johnson of Norwegian Wood, and Damzels in This Dress; artists Allyson Mitchell, Hilly Yeung, Hollie Dzama, Marina Dempster and Team Macho. The exhibit will close with a v. fashionable gala (cocktails! hor d’oevres! 1960s Motown/Stax/Hi Records music courtesy of Shake a Tail DJs!) and live auction fundraiser which will give our readers the chance to bid on these wonderful creations, with a portion of proceeds supporting Fashion Cares (in support of ACT).

WORN is selling online NOW $28 advanced tickets (which includes a TWO YEAR WORN subscription — as you can tell from the CAPS overload, it doesn’t get any better than that!). We’ll also be selling tix at the following retail Winkel (1107 Queen Street East), Left Feet (88 Nassau Street), and Frou Frou (1616 Queen Street West).

Ok. So onto the next best thing — what are you going to be wearing for our fashionable event? Please tell in the comments.

Rea McNamara