The other night a few of us men were discussing Scaraveen weather. That’s the inclement weather that the cuckoo brings when suddenly the conversation took an unexpected turn. Kevin, our neighbour had watched a couple of episodes of House of Cards 4, and he brought up the topic of Claire Underwood’s shoes. Several of us had watched it too because it is as good as reading Shakespeare. Sean Stack thought that she always looked uncomfortable as she swaggered round the place. Mike Joe Thornton noticed that she always wore them; in the kitchen, nursing her mother, in the haggard – does she sleep in them he wondered?
We reckoned they are about three inches high and Barbie seemed to have them always on. Donie O Keeffe said they are ‘ performance shoes.’ They are a sign of power and women in powerful situations feel the need to wear them. Mention was made of Veep, the tv series about the female American Vice President , where Selina Meyers, often takes off her shoes. Then Sean Stack came up with a vital piece of information. Stiletto comes from the Italian word, stilo, meaning dagger! True! Would Claire stab Kevin (Spacey, not our Kevin) for power? We are already writing House of Cards, series 5. It was also noted that Claire used to wear either white or black silk pjs depending on her mood but we left that discussion unreported.