A Footwear Meditation–Chic Feet and Stylish Legs on the Go at SFO

We see the feet of passengers rush to and from Delta Air flights at SFO.

Flip flops and flats heading for baggage claim. Photo by BF Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Fashion week is winding down in New York City today.  I’m not in New York to report on that high-profile scene. But I’ve got some footwear photos I took–discreetly–of the stylish parade of legs, ankles and shoes rushing past me as I waited a very long 90 minutes for a flight out of SFO last month.

How many minutes are there in a single a human life anyway? Roughly 52,560,000 if you live to be 100. That  sounds like a big number, but it’s a finite one no matter how you cut it.

There I was at the San Francisco airport, aging away, using up my minutes on being painfully early for the flight that would take Jon and me to Minneapolis and a visit with our son and daughter-in-law and their new house in the cityi. How to avoid squandering that particular 90 minutes of my precious milliions?

By looking at things through the lens of my trusty point-and-shoot, of course. It was tucked away in my carry-on. Out it came. And with that, the scene that at the beginning of my 90 minutes had seemed a messy blur of people in a rush to be anywhere but here transmogrified itself into a work of art.

There were all sorts of people inhabiting their moment in time at SFO that day. I took pictures of  their bare legs, flashing ankles, but especially of their feet moving through the airport with intention and big summer plans.

Who’s more fashionable — these women traveling through San Francisco on a summer day? Or the women of Shanghai on a hot day in September at “Shanghai Chic — Where a Woman’ s Style Starts With Her Shoes.”  Also — can a woman be too old for splashy earrings?

Mother and daughter wait for airplane at SFO. The girl wears pink socks, her mother wears camouflage pants. PHoto by Barbara Newhall

Mother and daughter waiting at the gate. Photo by Barbara Newhall

A bare-legged woman wears tan pumps and pull a black carry-on at SFO. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Pumps and fashionably bare legs. My feet would be sticky in those shoes Photo by Barbara Newhall

A woman wears delicate tan sandals, a man wears clunky hiking sandals at SFL. Photo by BF Newhall

Hers and his sandals. Photo by BF Newhall

A woman wears long black skirt, sandals pulls a carry-on- at SFO. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Black skirt, polka-dotted carry-on. Photo by Barbara Newhall

A woman at SFO wears orange sandals and paisley pants. Photo by BF Newhall

Orange sandals, paisley pants.

A woman at SFO wears shiney white tennies with a hole in the sole. Photo by BF Newhall

White tennies with a hole in the sole.

A woman with a tattoo on her foot wears lacy white huarches. Photo by BF Newhall

Tatooed: a line of music. Photos by Barbara Newhall

Orange and gray sneakers spotted at the Delta gate at SFO. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Orange and gray sneakers — and lots of ankle — on the way to the gate. Photo by Barbara Newhall

A pigeon-toed girl at SFO wears gray tights and white sneakers, her toes pointed in. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Pigeon-toed . . .

A girl at SFO wears cross trainers and a brace on her ankle. PHoto by Barbara Newhall

. . . Bum ankle . . .

A young woman at SFO wears bright pink slip-on sneakers with bright white socks. Photo by Barbara Newhall

. . . Brand new . . . Photos by Barbara Newhall








A woman at SFO with only one foot wears stylish bright pink shoe and ankle length jeans. Photo by Barbara Newhall

This traveller had one foot and one trendy jelly shoe. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Man at SFO wears baggy shorts, slip-on shoes and hairy legs. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Heading toward baggage claim: I’m pretty sure it’s a guy  Photo by Barbara Newhall


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