A couple of months ago, I was sitting in an Austin burger joint with some ladies, enjoying a house-made veggie burger when someone mentioned an urban shoe-myth: that somewhere in Austin exists a sex shoppe catering to professional waitresses and strippers by creating comfortable, tip-worthy shoes. My ears perked up. Comfy yet insanely high heels? Could such a thing exist? I still don’t know.
My friend Katie and I did attempt to investigate, but came up with nothing. What we did discover was an anomaly that I have still not sorted out. In the middle of the “dancer” ie. stripper costumes, there was a wall of neon knee socks in various patterns. Something about that struck me as odd–neon stripper socks? Is that a thing? And how does that even work in the stripper world?
The next Monday as I sat giving a final exam with my colleague Jenee, I told her of the neon stripper socks. She shared my confusion and added more questions. (We also discussed a sexy pilot costume I saw for women–is that really a fantasy?) We could not decide if neon stripper socks were local to Austin, or even to particular club due to how many options were available. Further research was necessary.
A few weeks later I found myself in a lingerie store in Las Vegas killing time while my kids and parents napped. There, once again, were the neon knee socks. Although they weren’t as obviously for strippers, the idea was still present, this sort of Jem meets Britney Spears accessory.
Earlier this week Jenee’s boyfriend received a message from his brother, joking that he was in a sex shoppe. Her immediate response, because she is amazing, was to ask him to check for neon stripper socks. Sadly he wasn’t really in a sex shoppe, but it got us thinking.
There needs to be research conducted on regional stripper wear. Austin and Vegas both have the neon stripper socks, but what about other parts of the country? Other big cities? Or even small towns?
While some people might frown on this type of discussion about strippers (I have already been judged for being in a sex shoppe looking for shoes), I find the aesthetics and associations with sexuality in our conflicted country fascinating. Our Puritan roots tend to make us incongruous regarding sexuality.
So should anyone be in a lingerie store or sex shoppe and come across a display of neon knee high socks, please let us know! Or even better, if you have seen these types of socks in action, we have so many questions for you. We need data. Also, if you know of the actual place to find the mythical comfy sexy shoes, that is also a crucial piece of information.
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