Pair no. 22 These shoes looked so great on the streets of Philly in the summer–especially with the bluebird pedicure! I stopped this total stranger and asked the question–you know–“May I take a picture of your shoes?” And she began sharing about how comfortable these shoes are and that she spent $8.00 for them on sale. Eight bucks! I can’t believe it — and comfortable! Great job!
Pair no. 35: These flashy sandals were on on a Valhallan woman in Denver, she was tall and not one to be trifled with — long blonde Wagnerian hair, big truly blue eyes, and had the strength of a man. BEAUTY comes in every shape and size and this woman was impressive! Plus, you can’t argue with flashy 4″ heels on a woman who is already 5’10” tall in her bare toes. I love seeing other tall women wearing heels and stomping on the world. It just reminds me that I won’t be wearing heels forever…I broke down and bought a pair of Dansko clogs to facilitate training…well, I’ll wear them at least one day a week. I can’t say goodbye to heels just yet…I’m not old enough!
Pair no. 34: I saw these work worthy cuties in Livermore, CA — why do the cutest shoes end up on the nicest women? I think that there must be something to loving adorable shoes that makes you friendly! I asked this woman if I could take a picture of her shoes and her face lit up the room! I know I keep saying that in every post it seems — but, it’s true! These wedges have the added maryjane factor and I think that I need a pair of them in my size!
Pair no. 36 So here is a pair of Sam Edelman boots that called me from across the store. I saw them at Nordstrom in Chicago and didn’t buy them. I’m not paying full price for shoes I can’t work in for 8 hours! But, when I went back to Chicago (Oak Brook actually), they were on the sale rack. I sighed and knew that it was meant to be…just like when I saw my military coat in Burlington coat factory in Albuquerque in May. Just meant to be…like me and my darling husband, who contributed a military web belt to complete the look. Yup, military goes non-utilitarian in my closet.
Pair no. 35: Sandals always give me hope. Even when someone is wearing them in the fall. Hope for summer, hope for fresh raspberries, and hope for walks near cool streams. These sandals are so darn cute — I don’t blame the wearer for wearing them with black ill-fitting pants to work in autumn. In fact, I think that cute shoes can totally redeem all of the comfortable and fashionless pants in the workplace.
Pair no. 31: “The Nightmare Before Christmas” tennis shoes. It is so hard not to buy themed tennis shoes and crazy T-shirts — it is just part of the American impulse to identify and somehow by identifying becoming unique. These shoes were a wonderful tribute to the rich fantasy worlds that exist inside of this man. You would never know by looking at him that he would own a pair of shoes like this — he understands that you don’t wear these to the office. But as you can see, he has worn them. And felt springier, and cooler, and hipper just by putting these on with his jeans.
Here’s an idea — maybe I’ll start getting everyone to shoot a pic of all of their shoes…here’s the first group picture — kind of a class photo…notice the beautiful green pair in the back, the shy fuscia pair in the front, and the military issue boots? Thank you for your service, both in the military and in the service of shoe lovers everywhere.
Pair no. 28: Here we go! Beautiful and office appropriate! Comfortable, reliable, great for summer, seriously fun, and sleek. Thank you for getting it sooo right! I feel easier seeing these shoes, more confident in the choices other women are making, the strides we are making at “having it all” — which of course, we can never truly have…but the dream still lives…having it all–fashion, comfort, style, (bring up the strings…”there’s a place for us”).