JOHN WATERS | MONDO SHOES

Cult director John Waters about to visit his parents 
And I certainly knew better than to wear my pink leather pointy-toe Comme des Garçons tennis shoes, which I also have in bright orange. Matter of fact, I bought all six colors in the canvas style, too. I can’t get enough of Rei’s [1] pointy-toe tennis shoes, and in the summer in Provincetown I line them all up on the floor like some kind of art installation, but today I’m dressing for the family so I’d better be careful. 
John Waters
Role Models ( Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010)

Comme Des Garçons
Pink leather slip-on

Well, I’ve always thought that, physically, I’d never have to go on a diet. If you’re my age, and you have something weird on your face, my mustache, and you wear strange shoes, no one looks in the middle. 
John Waters to Dennis Cooper
Bomb magazine, interview, Spring 2004

John Waters | Comme Des Garçons shoes
At the book launch party for "Carsick" - New York May 27, 2015
Source: gettyimages

"No one looks in the middle" is one interesting theory; as far as we are concerned, neither those shoes nor the socks are a problem. The bag is.



John Waters
At the book launch party for "Carsick" - New York May 27, 2015
Source: gettyimages


Victim of the Cutting Room, nonetheless
A John Waters favorite | Comme Des Garçons
Cut-out red canvas sneaker

JOHN G. IVES:
What about foot fetishes? 
JOHN WATERS:
Well, I told you before, I'm not ... shrimping [2] to me is the most ludicrous-looking sex act. That's why I used it. And it has the Cinderella influence. It has a lot of history, that whole thing. I like shoes, but, I mean, I don't lick them. I want to buy them. 
From: John Waters by John G. Ives
Thunder's Mouth Press, 1992


2014 | John Waters | shoes & socks detail

More words of wisdom from the Pope Of Trash
Don’t wear jewelry — stick Band-Aids on your wrists or make a necklace out of them. Wear Scotch tape on the side of your face like a bad face-lift attempt. Mismatch your shoes. Best yet, do as Mink Stole used to do: go to the thrift store the day after Halloween, when the children’s trick-or-treat costumes are on sale, buy one, and wear it as your uniform of defiance. But past the age of forty you need all the help you can get.  
John Waters
Role Models (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010)


2013 | John Waters at The Film Independent Spirit Awards
Paul Smith dress, Comme Des Garçons sneakers
Source: GQ



FOOTNOTES

[1]
Rei Kawakubo: Comme des Garçons founder & anti-fashion queen

[2]
Shrimping, AKA toe sucking. It refers to a scene from 1969's 16mm "Mondo Trasho" directed by John Waters.


 

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