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Resisting the Urge to Buy Shoes

polka-dot-heels

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!

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I’ve been wearing a pair of green shoes for one year straight. It’s my favorite pair of shoes; the color is a beautiful vibrant green, they have rhinestones that glow and sparkle when you look at them. They have very little heel so they are comfortable and make my legs look stunning.

I’m talking about the shoes I wear as a wife.

What a freaking cliche. But as I reflect back on the year that my husband and and I have been married I realize that the green heels I wore on our wedding day were more than just a pair of shoes. They were representative of everything I was to experience as part of a pair (pun intended).

It’s no secret that green is my favorite color; it’s my last name now. Who would’ve thought? I live my favorite color every day, I am married to my favorite color. It’s also no secret that I love a little bling. I like to be out there, to be someone that everyone wants to be around. Because of my husband, I sparkle that much brighter. And of course he is the person I feel most comfortable being around.

And it’s no secret that I love shoes, so naturally I’m spoiled because he likes to let me buy shoes (ok maybe not LIKES, but he lets me sometimes). Looking back on this post

You only need a dab of hot glue for the rhinestones.

makes me gag a little from the corniness, but when you share a passionate love with someone that is also represented through a huge addiction, you tend to go a little overboard…Happy anniversary Tyler Green!

(On a side note, I did NOT receive a pair of shoes or a gift card to anywhere that sells shoes as an anniversary gift, mostly because the rule still goes that I’m supposed to get rid of three pairs for every one bought, and that hasn’t happened in a while.)

I got a new job; finally I was able to break into the journalism world! It has offered a lot of exciting opportunities as well as a great career change, but it has also rendered another change: a change in shoes.

Brooks Pure Cadence

I got spoiled wearing running shoes to work every day…

When I worked at Dick’s Sporting Goods, I wore athletic shoes every day, and it really spoiled me in terms of comfort. I got to choose from the plethora of Sauconys, Brooks, Mizunos, and Asics in my closet knowing that I would feel good about my choice. I knew I would be comfortable every day without even having to think about it.

When I worked there, I only wore heels to go out or for special occasions. I enjoyed wearing them because I loved looking good, and, let’s face it, I loved the way they made my legs look. But I always ended the night thinking, “Boy, I’m glad I get to take these off”. After just a few hours, they did start to hurt.

But now I’m wearing them for work. Granted, this is not required; I can always wear flats or kitten heels. But of course, as said before, they make you look good. They can also make you look more professional. So now I’m trying to find a comfy pair that looks good but doesn’t leave my feet screaming for mercy.

There’s always going to be changes when switching jobs,but most people don’t think about the changes in shoes. Only us addicts really think about that!

Charlotte Russe special

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

The other day, a customer came to visit me to get a new pair of athletic shoes. She picked out a couple and requested size eight and a half. A half hour later, after she tried on five or six pairs all in the same size, I patiently recommended that she try on a nine seeing as how all the others were a half size too small.

She gave me the most horrified look, and with all of the uppity attitude in the world, said, “I DO NOT wear a size nine. If none of these shoes fit me in eight and a half, then I will just have to find one somewhere else that does.”

Women: WAKE UP. If the shoe is too small, don’t wear it! I wear nine and a half, sometimes ten. Do you think I don’t wish I wore something smaller? Yes, but I don’t force a shoe to fit.

Why? Let’s see: blisters, bunions, lost toenails, curled toes, sore arches, sore back, heel problems…the list goes on.

Why do women try to force their feet into shoes that are clearly too small? I never see men doing that. The only thing I can think of is that women think smaller shoes look cuter; that rationale couldn’t be sillier.

Women be crazy. After seeing all the ugly feet I’ve seen, I caution the women of the world to wear the right size.

I love shoes; I will change the pair I’m wearing up to three times a day just so I can get my fill of their amazing-ness. But sometimes, when I’m tired or feeling like I need to be free from the world, I just don’t want to wear any shoes.

Putting on work shoes every day just reminds me of the duties, obligations, and responsibilities I carry. Not that there’s anything wrong with making a little money.

Putting on heels to go out on weekends reminds me of how hard I feel like I have to work to look good and how tired my feet are afterward. Not that there’s anything wrong with my 5-inch stilettos.

Putting on running shoes reminds me that I have  along workout ahead of me and that I’m going to be way more tired after a run than I’ve been all day. Not that there’s anything wrong with being healthy.

Sometimes putting on all the shoes I have to wear to perform the duties my life requires is just too much; sometimes I just have to get back to the bare natural me, the me who makes me feel good and relaxed. Those are the “shoes” that I need and want to wear on a regular basis.

I was thinking about something I said to a family member yesterday and it kind of made me laugh. I said, “I don’t pick out my outfit then add a pair of shoes; I pick out a pair of shoes then add an outfit.”

I really do. So you know the movies where the woman is trying on everything in her closet trying to decide what to wear for a date and she one by one eliminates them in exasperation? Well that’s me only with shoes.

And what’s worse is I make my husband help me decide. I’ll pick out four pairs that I want to wear that night, bring them all out to the living room where he is trying to watch TV, and try each of them on while saying to him, “These? (while standing on one wobbly foot) or these? (switch to next foot)”. He rolls his eyes and says, “Whatever don’t make you several inches taller than me.”

Then I thought to myself, am I crazy? I want to know if anybody else does this or if it’s just something from a movie?

Do shoes define a person?

I was just sitting on my couch, thinking about something I said to a friend, when the thought came to me: do the shoes define the person?

It’s an interesting question. A few days ago, a friend of mine and I were chatting about size; I wear a 9 1/2 sometimes a 10, she wears a 7. I made the comment that at least she could wear heels and not look like an Amazon woman. The funny thing is she’s a different person than I am an would never wear heels.

Since I have so many pairs, does that mean I have multiple personalities?

So here I am, wondering if you can tell what kind of personality a person has by their shoes. Can you look at a girl walking down the street and judge her by the preppy, business-like heels she’s wearing? Do you know that a guy wearing old, worn-out tennis shoes has better things to do?

Maybe. I like to think you pick out shoes for a reason. For example, my friend who inspired this thought train wears cowgirl boots and tennis shoes. In fact, she laughed at the thought of heels. That says to me she cares more about being comfortable and not about going out of her way to be prim and proper.

Now I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with heels. In fact, I think it’s kind of funny that she scoffed at them being as how I wear them all the time and to be honest I love them for their style not because I’m trying to catch eyes.

But I am saying that shoes say a lot about a person and their choices. Think about it; look in your closet and see what you decided to buy and reflect on your personality. Notice anything?

Recently someone asked me what my favorite pair of shoes is. I had no answer; that’s like asking a parent to pick a favorite child. It’s not possible. However, I do have favorites for different occasions, shoes that come through for me time after time.

The first (and this doesn’t mean my favorite) pair I love are my black ankle boots. They got with everything, and I mean everything. They look good with casual jeans, professional dress pants, church attire, and a fierce going-out outfit.

The second I love are my gray suede flat boots. Again, these are incredibly versatile but very comfortable. They don’t make me taller than everyone around me but also make me look sophisticated.

I do also love my thigh-high leather boots.

 

The third are my pink open-toed four-and-a-half inch heels. I love these for one reason: my legs look sexy and my butt looks tight.

The fourth are my Chuck Taylors. A classic that everyone should have.

There are so many more. I hate having to choose which pair to wear out or to dinner or whatever. I can only hope I am not the only one with this dilemma.

Thanks for shoes

As a shoe addict, every time I buy a pair I get a huge rush. But I really need to slow down and think of all the reasons I’m thankful for shoes instead of just focusing on the high I get from buying them! So here it goes.

I’m thankful for shoes because…

They let me enjoy things like hiking, running, and dancing.

They make my feet feel comfortable during work.

The heels make my legs and butt look nice!

Their colors and styles represent my eccentric personality.

There are so many styles out there I can have one for every outfit.

Even when I’m relaxing, I can wear slippers!

I have protection against the craziness of nature.

I can bond with other shoe addicts over one common subject.

My knowledge about them can be shared with others.

They are the only thing I’ve ever collected.

There are so many other reasons to be thankful for shoes. Please share the reasons why you are thankful for them, or anything else! Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

 

To heel or not to heel

Yesterday I got into a little predicament. My husband was taking me out to dinner, and I was trying to decide what to wear; of course I always mold my outfits around my shoes.

Here’s where I came to my problem: I couldn’t decide between the tall, 4 1/2 inch black pumps or the more conservative maroon Steve Madden’s, which are not near as fun…or dangerous.

Although I love them, I will have to wait this time!

So I tried on my black ones because I was feeling a little feisty. But when I stood next to my guy I was just a tad taller. And a tad wobblier. And I wasn’t even drinking yet!

Sometimes the mood, and evening, calls for the obnoxious, party-girl heels, and sometimes it doesn’t. Lesson learned.