Tag Archive: shoes


My attempt at fixing my broken flip-flops.

I was simply sitting at my computer, minding my own business and working on some stuff for next week, when all of the sudden I felt a freeing breeze through my feet that was very odd. I knew what was going on but didn’t want to believe it. So I looked down, and there it was, my worst nightmare come true: the strap on my glittery gold dress-up flip flops had completely broken free from the base.

The first thing that went through my mind: NOOOOO, these are my FAVORITE dressy flip-flops! I was heartbroken. That thought was followed very closely by, What the heck am I supposed to wear for shoes all day?

On the very good advice of a friend, I employed my rarely-used stapler (in a world dominated by technology, who uses a stapler on a regular basis?) and MacGyver’d a fix that can limp them through the day…I hope. Right now, I’m barefoot, but if I have to get up to use the bathroom…it could be disastrous.

My only other saving grace is the fact that I have my running shoes here, so if worse comes to absolute worse, I’ll wear them. I mean, who doesn’t think that wearing beaten up running shoes in an office wearing your nice work skirt and shirt isn’t hot?

The only thought that is lingering in my head is this: I will have to throw them out. There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it. For someone like me, that’s like throwing out your most precious jewelry or a treasured family heirloom.

What’s your worst shoe nightmare?

Until next time, shoe lovers!


Black and white shoes create an easy canvas for personalization.

I read this interesting article published a year ago in the magazine I work for. It was about creating custom kicks. Of course, I’m drawn to anything about shoes, but this particular article intrigued me for a couple reasons: one, creating customized footwear is something you typically associate Nike (and a high price tag) with. Two, I seriously want to create my own shoes.

I think it goes without saying that a lot of people want custom shoes, but the reason we don’t get them is it’s very expensive. I get that. It’s a lot of extra time, man-power and material to create just one special pair of shoes. But the concept of the article is that you already have your run-of-the-mill shoe, you just add your own flair after you’ve bought them.

It’s concept I’ve wanted to do for a while, but since my husband has enacted a strict shoe budget (which mean’s fewer pairs and fewer materials to decorate them with) I’ve been unable to do much. Would it be crazy to invest all of our savings into a shoe decorating business?

But seriously, it’s really fun to get creative. So, if you want a pair of shoes that is your personality down to a T but don’t want to spend then money, do it yourself. Hobby Lobby has great coupons you can print and you can design a pair you already have to meet your needs.

Oh, here’s the article I was talking about for a little inspiration! http://printwearmag.com/article/heat-transfer-sublimation/custom-kicks

Until next time, shoe lovers!

Welcome again to Matt Duncan, Mizuno shoe guru. This week, Matt shares what’s so good about the new Wave Rider, a neutral shoe for the neutral runner.

The Wave Rider 16 is great for the neutral runner.

The Wave Rider 16 is great for the neutral runner.

Mizuno has produced the new Wave Rider 16! Weighing in at an astonishing 9.9 ounces, your first thought would be that this shoe is a light weight trainer. You would be wrong! Although it is one of the lightest shoes in its class as an everyday trainer, it does not sacrifice durability or comfort. With a foam midsole that is designed to last 600+ miles and Mizuno’s patented wave plate (yes, you can actually see the patent number on the bottom of the shoe), you can expect your runs to feel fast and the stress on your joints to be less noticeable.  

So, you may be asking yourself, how can a shoe like this last so long, be so light and still be so protective? The answer is that Mizuno has developed their own proprietary foam for longevity and they are using a beautiful light, extremely strong, recycled upper mesh to cover your pretty feet. The result is a shoe that is lighter, longer lasting and better for your body to run in. Give them  a try!

On a side note, I have a pair of Wave Riders. As someone who needs stability, I don’t run in them, but I will say this: they are very comfortable and well worth the buy.

Until next time, shoe lovers!

Shoes made in the USA

It’s no secret that a lot of things are manufactured outside of the United States these days. For me, it’s a double-edged sword; on one hand, I consider the low prices, but to be honest I’ve had family members lose jobs because of outsourcing. And the shoe industry is no exception.


I don’t believe any of my shoes are made in the Unites States.

When I worked at Dick’s Sporting Goods, there was one shoe in the entire store that was made in the United States. Amazing. But not surprising. While I don’t expect things to change any time soon, I did come across a very interesting article at work a few days ago.

The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) stated that there was a “7.9  percent surge in domestic footwear manufacturing…in 2011” according to AAFA President and CEO Kevin Burke in a 4-traders AAFA article. Interesting. Not a huge number, but one that I didn’t expect. Burke also stated that the U.S. footwear industry accounts for “more than one million U.S. workers”.

I think this a good thing. If it means jobs, I’ll pay a little bit more for my Steve Maddens, albeit grudgingly.

The number that did surprise me was this: the U.S. volume consumption for footwear in 2011 was down 3.8 percent, or 21.8 billion pairs of shoes. I thought my addiction alone would have taken this number a different direction…

For more information, check out the AAFA article at http://www.4-traders.com/news/AAFA-American-Apparel-and-Footwear-Association-AAFA-Releases-ShoeStats-2012-Report–15222962/.

Garage sale anyone?

There’s a very real chance that I need to hold a “Shoes Only” garage sale. The only problem is, I have a really hard time letting go of my shoes regardless of how old they are or how little I wear them.

But I was thinking about what shoes I am going to wear out tonight on the way home from work and it dawned on me that there are a couple pairs I haven’t worn since at least September. So I’m trying to be realistic with myself: is it really worth owning them?

Chances are there’s someone out there who could get more use out of my pink glitter flip-flops, but I just know that the moment I give them away, I will have an occasion to wear them.

So here’s my proposal: take my poll and see how many shoes you have. If you answer options C or D, then how about we all get together and have a “Shoes Only” garage sale together! It could be fun…

When we were packing for our honeymoon, I pulled out the big suitcase and got down to business. My husband got a funny look on his face and said, “Why do you need the big suitcase? Are you bringing that many clothes?”

Hell no. I’m bringing that many shoes.

The thing is, I didn’t really know what to expect when  we got to our destination (Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic). And the obvious thing to do was to bring a pair for every day we would be there. So I brought seven pairs.

I brought three pairs of heels (for dinner and “going out”), a pair of running shoes that I traveled in, wedges, flats (just in case I wanted something cute but didn’t feel like heels), and of course flip-flops.

And I wore six out of the seven, too, so clearly I needed all of them. The thing is, you don’t know what you’re going to face, what you will do, or what mood you’ll be in; so I prepped for all.

My husband thinks I’m crazy. So does one of the local girls that lives there. I don’t really care. If I didn’t have all of them, I would have wished I did.

On a side note, the honeymoon was unbelievable, with or without the shoes!

Tyler and I the first night there. I wore my black pumps.

Best shoes I’ve ever seen

I was thinking about a air of shoes today, a very different pair than you might see in the store or in this year’s Payless ad. It’s not a pair of boots with fur or some Lady Gaga meat pumps.

It’s the shoes that my heroes wear. It’s the shoes my parents put on every day.

It’s Christmas time and naturally I’m trying to decide what to get my parents. Funny enough, they both need a pair of good shoes. I got to thinking about the shoes my mom and dad wear every day.

When I was in high school and all five of my siblings and I still lived at home, my mom got up every day and put on her “mom” shoes: she cooked breakfast, packed lunches, did laundry, washed dishes, went grocery shopping. All those things that moms do, she put on when she put on her shoes.

My dad got up every day and put on his “dad” shoes. He laid the tile, he put in carpet, he was on his hands and knees for hours. Then both of them would change pairs and bring us to basketball, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, and track practice. They would coach, cheer, and sometimes get upset.

My parents: Stephanie and Clayton Mielke.

So many different pairs for just one job: being there for us and raising us. It’s amazing the shoes parents wear. Think about it: how many pairs did, and still do, your parents wear?

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.

Royal bliss (with shoes)

Yes, I watched most of the Royal Wedding. I have to admit, it was a little boring watching all of the ceremonial stuff that had to be done, but you know what? I could tell they really are happy; the way they looked at each other, the stolen smiles, the way the eyes sparkled. No matter all the craziness, stress, and people surrounding them, Kate and William are officially married.

But, being who I am, I have to admit: I just wanted to see the shoes! According to Radar Online, her shoes were designed by the Alexander McQueen team. They were hand-embroidered with lace. And I still have yet to see a perfect picture of them!

I can only speculate that they were relatively comfortable. I mean, to walk down that miles-long aisle in anything but comfy would be hell. And as someone who is also getting married soon, I can say that she would be dumb not to pick something logical yet fashionable.

And of course, they had to match the dress. It was simple and elegant, which was perfect for her, so of course I have to think that her shoes would be along the same lines.

But…the infamous “but”. I also know that Alexander McQueen does most of Lady Gaga’s shoes. From the alien-style glitter in her “Bad Romance” video to all of her VMA outfits, the shoes have never ceased to wow the crowd. So the crazy girl in me has to wonder…did they look like something out of Gaga’s kingdom?

Whatever the case may be, I’m sure they are exactly what she wanted. After all: she is a princess, and princesses get what they want.

Too bad she couldn't go the simplest of all...

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