Tag Archive: Christmas

Resisting the Urge to Buy Shoes


I just had to say no to these adorable polka dotted shoes.

I did it. Over the Christmas/New Year’s Eve break I resisted the urge to buy a new pair of shoes. I had some support from a friend, but I think all addicts have to start somewhere.

I was in Forever 21 shopping with said friend. She was looking for a New Year’s outfit, I was along for support. Or so I thought. I saw them from across the store: pink platform heels with black polka dots. If you follow me on Pinterest, you will know that I have been OBSESSING over polka dots lately. So naturally I had to have them.

But I also knew we were about to go snowboarding and we just spent all our money on Christmas. So I carried them around with me for a bit. I even texted a picture to my husband to gauge what he would say if I did buy them. The response was less than enthused. And my shopping buddy warned that he would never let me hang out with her again if I came home with shoes.

So I sighed and put them back, and walked slowly away, facing them the whole time. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life. But it was a big accomplishment and I’m really proud at the steps I’ve been taking! So remember, when you can’t walk away from a pair of shoes, dig deep, get some help and move on.

Until next time, shoe lovers!


I can NEVER make up my mind. In fact, it occupies almost my entire morning. Yes, sometimes choosing an outfit is hard and that will take up time. But even harder is choosing which pair of shoes I’m going to wear.

Ah such a reliable boot!

Ah such a reliable boot!

It’s not like I have a lot of options (ok that’s a lie). But in all seriousness, there are only a handful of shoes I own that are work appropriate. I can’t wear vinyl neon orange pumps (they’re slightly uncomfortable anyway), I can’t wear 6-inch heels (not only inappropriate, but also dangerous), and I certainly can’t wear my Asics not matter how badly I want to.

So it’s down to black pumps, robin hood boots, brown ankle boots, two different pairs of flats, three styles of wedges or black ankle boots. You can imagine the conundrum that I go through every morning.

This morning was different. I woke up tired, I knew I had to go Christmas shopping after work (something I dread doing), so I had no problem choosing the robin hood boots. Warm, reliable, comfy, I knew these guys would come through for me.

And who knows: maybe I’ll find a new pair at the mall tonight! (In my defense to my husband, I haven’t bought a pair since October and I’m having SERIOUS withdrawals.)

Until next time, shoe lovers!

Companies are always coming up with something new; that’s how they show they are improving their product, and, let’s face it, it’s how they get you coming back for more. This week, a guest writer has put together an article about the Wave Inspire 9. Matt Duncan reveals what’s so special about this new release and why you should buy it (if you need a stability running shoe that is).


The Inspire 9 is a great shoe for the pronator.

It’s the New Wave Inspire 9! You heard me right! Mizuno has done it again! By maintaining the legendary mid-sole that is all things light, supportive and long lasting (lasting around 600 miles) Mizuno has produced a new version of the Inspire that is nearly a full ounce lighter than last year’s model.  The shoe still retains all the awesome legendary qualities that make it an excellent choice for any runner who may need a shoe designed for moderate over pronation.  But how did they do it?

The new model received a complete tune up on the upper, receiving a new lighter weight recycled mesh and redefined toe box that will better accommodate both a foot that may have bunions or sore metatarsals. It also has retained the same mid-sole for long life on the roads, and the same carbon infused rubber on the out-sole that will make sure you get tons of amazing miles out of these shoes. The really cool part is that Mizuno has kept the price the same as last year and with the weight as low as it is, it will be a go to choice for any runner of any level!

Thanks, Matt, for the update. Until next time shoe lovers!

Love your feet

It’s so important to love your feet. When your feet are happy, you are happy. Think of it this way: your foot bears the weight of your whole body so if there’s pain there, you are probably in pain elsewhere.

Let’s say you have lower back pain. Guess what? It could be from your shoes. (Of course this isn’t always the case.) Picture this: you are a pronator, meaning you roll off the inside of your foot. You aren’t wearing corrective shoes so some of the shock absorbed by your foot is also transmitted up your leg to your back.

This happens more than you would like to think and not just with pronation. It’s with all different strikes and all different improper shoes. And not just running or walking shoes.

Yeah you look fine, but in a few hours you will feel the opposite.


Guess what girls? It’s also from those beautiful pointy-toed pumps. The crunching toes, the elevated calves, everything leads to pain, especially if you wear them every day.

This Christmas, remember to be nice to your feet, and they will be nice to you.

All I want for Christmas

I definitely don’t need any more shoes, but what girl doesn’t want a new pair for Christmas?

But, I don’t want a conventional pair. What I’m really craving right now is something outrageous, something refreshing. Right now, I have the pumps, the athletic, the boots. I have what’s there. I want what’s not.

Here’s what I’m thinking: 70’s platforms, 80’s colors, 90’s patterns, and the present day mod. A tall order, I know, but I’m sure I can find SOMETHING out there.

I want something that will stand out at night, something that will make people stop and stare. I just haven’t found it yet.

So while that would make the ultimate Christmas gift, I think for now I can settle on some Nike trainers.

An epic pattern...An epic color.

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