Nine Charlestonians bare their souls through their shoes

For some people, shoes are the final touch to an outfit, the accessory that ties the whole look together. For others, shoes are a means of avoiding blood and shit and garbage. From sneakers to pumps, boots to flats, few items tell a person’s story quite as well as footwear. So we asked nine Charlestonians to share their favorite pair.

Boris Van Dyck likes nice shoes but won't pay full price for them
Boris Van Dyck likes nice shoes but won't pay full price for them Best Feet Forward

"I think the shoe is one of man's only accessories. We can have a nice watch and shoes and then a pocket square, but the nice shoes are the base of everything," says Boris Van Dyck, owner of ICEBOX and Eventhaus, two event companies in Charleston. "When you feel good and you think you look good, you feel confident." — Melissa Tunstall


Megan Lange says heels are a no-go for gallery openings
Megan Lange says heels are a no-go for gallery openings Getting the Boot

"About five years ago for New Year's I made a promise that I would toss any shoes that couldn't last through an entire art opening," says Megan Lange. The artist and co-owner of Robert Lange Studios was sick of suffering through shows from the likes of Karen Ann Myers to Nathan Durfee all because of high heels. — Kinsey Gidick


ER Tech Mike Norris walks 13 miles a day at work
ER Tech Mike Norris walks 13 miles a day at work Rocky Boots and Graveyard Shifts

Mike Norris is one of the few people who can spend 15 years working in the emergency room and not burn out. An emergency room technician, or ER tech, at MUSC, Norris works 12-hour shifts caring for patients who come in with everything from a jelly bean up the nose to a gunshot wound. — Elizabeth Pandolfi


Broker Jennifer Davis is high-powered in heels
Broker Jennifer Davis is high-powered in heels Climbing the Ladder

Today, Jennifer Davis is a vision in pink — pink heels, that is, and hot pink to be exact. Despite arriving to her downtown office on a bicycle, and in unusually cold weather, Davis is smiling, poised, and elegant from the top of her blonde head to the pointy, patent tips of her "Barbie shoes," as she calls them. — Elizabeth Pandolfi


Gwen Kelley dances through hundreds of ballet shoes
Gwen Kelley dances through hundreds of ballet shoes That's the Pointe

Few professionals are as closely linked to the shoes they wear as dancers — especially ballet dancers. Not only are pointe shoes beautiful to look at, the stuff of little girls' fantasies, but they're also practical, functional pieces of equipment that can make or break a performance. — Elizabeth Pandolfi


Tennis shoes keep Richard Knoth racing from pony puddle 
to pony puddle
Tennis shoes keep Richard Knoth racing from pony puddle to pony puddle Speedy Sneakers

When you're cleaning up horse crap, your days are busy. Richard Knoth, owner of Green Horse Equine Sanitation (GHES), downtown's horse rubbish removal business, says his team responds to a couple hundred calls a day. — Kinsey Gidick


Big ass sh*t kickers suit the lead singer of The 33's
Big ass sh*t kickers suit the lead singer of The 33's Getting Punked

Nathaniel Irvin is a punk, in all senses of the word. As the frontman of The 33's, Charleston's ska punk band, he has a reputation to upkeep and that goes for his garb. — Kinsey Gidick


Jen Skoy spends her days hanging with sharks at the S.C. Aquarium
Jen Skoy spends her days hanging with sharks at the S.C. Aquarium The Shark Wrangler

After watching Free Willy as a kid, Jen Skoy knew what she wanted to be when she grew up: a marine biologist. Fast forward some 20 years and Skoy has made her childhood dream a reality. Today, she works at the S.C. Aquarium as an aquarist, a biologist who specializes in aquariums. — Melissa Tunstall


City Paper's own Colby Chisholm switches out his work shoes for colorful, playful ones
City Paper's own Colby Chisholm switches out his work shoes for colorful, playful ones Sneak Attack

By day, Colby Chisholm is one of City Paper's account executives. Dressed in nice slacks, a button-up, perhaps even a tie, he spends the workday making calls, visiting clients, and helping ensure we've got a paper to print. — Melissa Tunstall


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