Mountain News: Stilettos and other shoes in Jackson Hole 

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Stilettos and other shoes in Jackson Hole

JACKSON, Wyo. — If not to the level of Imelda Marcos, Jackson Hole has closets full of shoes. Ferreting out the fashionistas, the News&Guide found one woman with 80 pairs, but also plenty of women who still treasure high heels, despite living in a place where they seemingly have little utility.

"Frankly, I'm from New York," said an art gallery owner. "I can hail a taxi in 4-inch stilettos. I can pretty much go jogging in heels if I want to."

Another woman tells the News&Guide that she went shoe-crazy when still a child. Born with a clubfoot, she was forced to wear orthopedic shoes until the second grade.

"My mom took me to the store, and I picked out these shoes that were red and blue suede with white leather stars on them, because they were the loudest thing I could find. I was so happy to get out of hideous, orthopedic-style shoes."

But even men can have closets brimming with foot coverings for every occasion. Lindsay Wood, the News& Guide reporter, talked to Jay Pistono, a ski, fishing and mountain guide. He arrived in 1978, a time when Jackson was still plenty of cowboy.

Pistono tells the paper he never has owned a pair of cowboy boots, but he does have 26 to 30 pairs of specialized shoes for all weather conditions and situations.

"It's all based on function," he said. "I don't think I have a pair of shoes that would display a fashion statement."

By like many, Piston favors Italian shoes. Unlike the Gucci and Prada and Dolce Vita mentioned in the profiles of women, he likes boot-maker Scarpa. "Those people (Italians) know how to make shoes," he said.

As for Imelda Marcos, the widow of deposed Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, she had 2,700 pairs, give or take a few dozen.

Hirsute billionaire develops Park City

PARK CITY, Utah — Aspen and Jackson don't have the monopoly on billionaires in ski towns. The Park Record reveals that John Paul DeJoria, the bearded and pony-tailed icon for Paul Mitchell hair products, is a partner in a major redevelopment plan being prepared for Park City.

DeJoria, who is No. 92 on the Forbes magazine list of wealthiest Americans, said he has been buying and developing properties in Park City for more than 20 years.

The newest project, at Bonanza Park, would involve a mix of residential and commercial properties, perhaps in the same buildings, what is called multi-use.

Window-peeping lion shot in Whitefish

WHITEFISH, Mont. — Cougars, also called mountain lions and puma, were in the news in several ski towns recently.

In Whitefish, a 100-pound (45kg) lion was shot after peering into the window of a house. While the big cat may have been curious, wildlife officials told the Whitefish Pilot they want cats to have a deep fear of people.

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