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shoe gloom

the hormone that makes women love shoe shopping skipped me. unless we're talking converse all-stars, I do not like shoe shopping. so anyway, my black work shoes are literally falling apart, and I need to replace them, but I'm afraid to go shopping until mid-January.

that's the other awful thing about missing out on the shoe shopping hormone: women's shoes are made to be worn three times over a four month period, and then replaced, because we're all supposed to have 300 of them. Well, I don't have 300 shoes. And when it comes to work shoes, I have one pair of black flats that almost-but-don't-quite resemble loafers, and I wear them every day. until I suffer a blowout, that is. then they just hurt. Seriously, I should start buying multiple pairs of the kinds I like, but I'm never sure I'll like them until I get them home, and then once I've got a good pair at home I don't want to go back out into the shopping world, that's just cruel.

sorry, I know I thought I'd be happy after my exit exam, and I'm trying, but it's tough. I still hate school... and what's worse, I'm way behind on everything because I took 10 days to study for the exam and 6 more to recover. And no, I still don't know if I passed the damn thing yet. And I hate work, because my office is freezing, there's still a vent that blows cold air on me all day and IT'S WINTER! At least I can wear heavier sweaters now... but my hands are cold. AND I'm in a bad shoe place.

well, take me or leave me.

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dreago
Nov. 28th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
Women's shoes are NOT meant to be worn three times. Only CHEAP shoes are built that way. The real expensive ones, the three digit ones, are built for multiple uses over several years. Women who own these type of shoes take them into the cobblers' to keep them in good condition too. Just like buying a good quality car. You gotta pay for something that is built to last and to pay to maintain it.

I can't do any of these things. But I have friends who can and their shoes are like butter on the feet and last and last. I am seriously jealous. And yes, I have the shoe gene. I like pretty things and I like pretty things that never tell me I am fat. Shoes will never make you look fat. They are just pretty. So I want to be upfront with my bias.

Feel free to slap me now.
spacefem
Nov. 28th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC)
shoe elitist!

no really though... when I think three-digit shoes, I think designer... strappy heals and the like. I not only can't wear those to work, I also can't believe they're made to last.

so, can you provide an example? because seriously, if I could buy some shoes that would be awesome and like butter, I would pay for them!
dreago
Nov. 28th, 2007 04:43 am (UTC)
One of my coworkers is not a girly girl. But she is a heavier woman who is tall. Her mother and law was like, look, I will buy your wedding shoes because you are going to be bitchy if your feet hurt. So she went out and bought her Nicole Miller several hundred dollar high heeled shoes. And not once did her feet hurt the entire day and night. She's in the same profession as me, so no, she can not afford a more sensible yet pricey pair ever again. But spending the moolah meant that she could wear what was traditionally an uncomfortable shoe and not feel any pain and not be distracted from her happy day.

There are designer sensible shoes. Google the manolo shoe blog. He is constantly recommending sensible shoes for work that are meant to last and to be professional.

Psh, I only wish I was a shoe elitist. One day, when I win the lottery. One day.
dreago
Nov. 28th, 2007 05:01 am (UTC)
And if you need a serviceable black pump..I liked these from the manolo blog: http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/21780176/c/106.html
noiresque
Nov. 28th, 2007 06:40 am (UTC)
I'm a few shoe girl too, but I had some $150 Havana Joes that fit like a glove a few years ago. They lasted 4yrs. I mourned their loss. I haven't been able to find any good boots that fit me since, though. They only make up to 42EUR and my feet got bigger since then I think. I hate my big honkers. Makes it hard. They're like high end Doc Martens. At least that's how they were marketed to me.
tara3056
Nov. 30th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
"no really though... when I think three-digit shoes, I think designer... strappy heals and the like."

Seriously, go to zappos and check out Donald J. Pliner. His shoes are expensive but amazing. He's got the whole strappy sexy heel thing, but also flats and casual everyday shoes.

I've had a pair of DJP flats for 2.5 years now and they have held up wonderfully. They're kind of beefy but they look like they'll last for another 5 or more years. They were comfortable right from the start, with no breaking in, and I've worn them not only at home all the time but also all around Europe (daily) on a 9-day trip and on a 30-day trip, walking probably 6+ miles a day, easy. No problemo with my DJPs.
easter
Nov. 28th, 2007 04:53 am (UTC)
Try Skechers. They have adorable flats with sneaker bottoms that are dressy enough to be work-appropriate.

I have a couple of pairs; my favorites are these. I will never wear uncomfortable heels to a wedding again!
season
Nov. 28th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
zappos.com. free shipping. free returns. find a pair that you like the look of, buy them, try them, if they don't fit, return them and get a different size.
kreie
Nov. 28th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
What you do is make sure you like em when you get home...and then order a bunch online. :)
metawidget
Nov. 29th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
In Canada, the finance minister traditionally delivers the budget in new shoes. Maybe you should consider passing your exams a sufficient condition to get two pairs of shoes exactly the same as your blown-out ones, to mark the transition and be nice to your feet.
humaazul
Nov. 29th, 2007 01:34 am (UTC)
that's why i wear my danskos everyday.

you're not kidding about your allstars. the trail of all stars in your down stairs is ridiculous.

it skipped me too.

we can try to force it sometime, if you wanna.
tara3056
Nov. 30th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
My shoes are something like these: http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/25113066/c/97192.html

They may not be pretty and sexy, but they're damn comfy and worth every penny. Generally speaking, when I want pretty and sexy, I don't go for Donald Pliners. (Via Spiga and Stuart Weitzman do far better at that)
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