Saturday, October 07, 2006

Shoes, shoes and more shoes!

As you can tell from the title this is a non-sewing post. See, I love shoes...especially the sleek 2.5" to 3" ones with skinny heels and a pointed toe! I love how they make me feel tall and feminine. I love how they finish off the look of a dress or a great pantsuit. Ohmygosh do I love shoes...but here's the thing...you or well at least I can't make shoes...so I have to buy them!

Usually, I can keep my shoe obsession in hand. Usually, I can remember that my children need to eat or I like being able to turn the lights on and have all of those electrical appliances work in my home...especially my sewing machine. But, I recently scored a new job with a much higher income and so shoes have been calling my name.

Now isn't that unusual for someone who has such a powerful fabric addiction? I thought so too but even though those wonderful emails announcing amazing fabric bargains keep popping into my email box, I have no desire to purchase more. Do you think its because I have a filled to the brim fabric closet with a rubbermaid 25 lb tub sitting right outside the closet door filled with fabric, also? Yeah, that's what I am thinking too!

So in the last two weeks I have purchased three pairs of the most amazingly, beautiful, sexy shoes. I need to pause here just for a minute because the thought of them took my breathe away! I walked past the Nine West store in Manhattan yesterday and this pair called to me:


A lovely 3" gray patent leather slingback that once on my feet made them look smaller, my legs slimmer and me tall and skinny. Yes, shoes have the power to do that! Well already they had worked their magic on me so when I saw the price ~ they were on sale ~ they had to come home with me! But as an aside, do you know how hard it is to find a good pair of gray shoes?! I have only one other pair that are a light gray suede that I managed to locate at Aerosoles a few years ago. Otherwise gray shoes ~ a rare breed indeed! So these were loving packed into the box, well okay boxes-plural, that I shipped home from my office. Boxes by the way that contained boxes and boxes of yes, shoes!

Now two weeks ago a pair of Anne Klein slingbacks in brown suede & brown patent leather followed me home from Macys. You can see them here. I originally bought these to use for interviews. I had these grand plans to make a beautiful brown glen plaid suit with a dark brown sueded silk Sewing Workshop mission tank to go under it...but that never happened! And somehow I managed to get a job without the suit and the gorgeous new shoes. But at least I own them and they will work with all the brown fabrics that I currently have which are dancing around in my head.

I bought a third pair but no where on the vast space that is called the internet, can I find a picture of them! I think its because they were reduced in price (isn't that a kewl way to say on sale!) and were being discontinued. So you will have to be satisfied with a description of them. First they are beige with a pattern and a hint of gold in the pattern, so that the gold sorta reflects in the light but let me stress these are not garish or dressy shoes. They are a 3" sling back with a pointy heel that can and have been worn with a work suit. Actually, I wore them this week with this outfit. I was wearing this outfit with the shoes at the interview that got me the job! The shoes gave me confidence ~ I am sure of it! *smile*

So now that I have written an ode to my shoes on a sewing blog, how about you? Do you love shoes? Do they make your heart go pitter patter? Do you drool over them when you walk past them or are they just shoes? And please feel free to share any good shoe stories because I truly believe that shoes like jewelry make an outfit complete!

Have a shoe shiny day!!!!!

17 comments:

  1. I love your shoes. Beautiful styling in great colors. And...congrats on the new job!!

    I used to have lots of shoes, but now that most shoes are made off-shore in sizing I do not understand, I have a heck of a time finding shoes. Shoe shopping can leave me in tears (literally). I have a 6-1/2 W shoe size with a high arch. Many styles will not pass my little toes in 6-1/2 or 7 M. Some of the euro sized 6-1/2W sized shoes will not go over my instep. I did purchase a nice, brown open toe slingback at SAS this summer, but we cannot afford a large wardrobe of $125 shoes. Granted, SAS shoes can last for years, but we live on a professor's salary. Whatever happened to pumps? Do your feet get wider or gain weight with the rest of you?

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  2. Carolyn, you are a woman after my own heart. I love shoes. I lust after pretty shoes. We have the same taste in shoes. I'm laughing after reading your blog because last night I dreamed about buying shoes. I was in a store somewhere in seventh heaven because I was buying 5 or 6 pairs of shoes. Mind you this would not easily happen since I wear a size 12 shoe. I love the new platform shoes but since I'm tall I kept asking myself do I really want to tower over people if I wear shoes with 4" heels. Target is selling some gray patchwork shoes by IM that are calling my name. I have resisted so far. Right now I trying to decide between Fabric Mart's store sale or shoes. Decisions, decisions.

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  3. Carolyn, I think you know that I love shoes too. I dream of them! LOL I justify my shoe buying by telling DH that I've saved so much money by sewing my clothes that I can go out and buy shoes. He's not really bying it but he let's me slide! I love wearing stilettos, nothing in the world better. I love the way they shape your calves and make you butt look awesome. Even though I'm 5'9" barefoot, I still will go up to 4". I have no problem towering over everybody!

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  4. Are you kidding? I love boots and shoes almost as much as I love sewing! I feel sexy (not to mention taller) in a pair of stilettos and downright powerful in a pair of high-heeled boots. Shoes have magical powers!

    Congrats on your new job!

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  5. Do you know about Zappos.com? They have every show known to man (woman), free shipping, and free returns! I moved from the midwest out to Colorado recently. I noticed I had turned native when my shoe wardrobe changed. I actually own more than one pair of hiking shoes!

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  6. oops, that's "every shoe know to man", not "every show"!

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  7. Yes, absolutely yes! When I model garments for wearable art fashion shows - I do the whole nine yards (plus a few beads and seqiuns!). No, really, I buy the right shoes, make the right jewlery to go with the outfit and get my makeup artist friend to design the right makeup. It makes a tremendous difference - I like to present a whole "look", not just a garment on a model.

    Real life is the same - shoes make or break the outfit. Just ask my husband - he's a shoe horse and has as many pairs as I do - and trendy, too!

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  8. Call me Emelda II! I love shoes. One can never have two many shoes. I even did a wearable art jacket for the Sulky challenge several years ago and it was based on shoes. The fabrics used were mainly red and purple. The piece was called "Purple Sole". People can not believe how many pairs of shoes I own. Not enough believe you me!

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  9. Make that "too" instead of "two"

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  10. Congrats on the new job!!! and more shoes!!!

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  11. Love shoes! As a kid I only had my school shoes :( So now I have lots. I even have 3 pairs of pink shoes!

    My best story is that my youngest DD (who is now 13) always had to have what she called "shiny, shiny black shoes" - black patent leather. So as a toddler she always had a pair in her wardrobe and I think I got just as much fun out of buying them for her as she got out of wearing them!

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  12. Congratulations on the new job!

    I love shoes....heels, flats, casual, dressy, chunky, old, new, cheap, expensive....and I've passed on my good genes to my daughter.

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  13. Oh man! My dh is gonna kill me. I didn't know about Zappos. Emphasis on didn't. I just ordered some boots....which I need for the outfit I need to cut out and sew....quickly....lol.

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  14. Oooo I LOVE me some shoes! My favorites are right here:
    http://www.susinok.com/?p=168
    and here (scroll down to the shoes)
    http://www.susinok.com/?p=93.

    Shoes are our friend! Taller, thinner, sexier, meaner, more competent. No other article of clothing can do this as well as the right shoe, not even the right bra (though that makes a huge diffrence, too). Yay SHOES!

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  15. Oh wow.. my dh took me to a store in Brooklyn called American Clothes and I purchased 2 pairs of Nine West shoes.. I have the Grey Patent Leather Pump like the sling back.. and I also have it in Mocha... 2 pairs of shoes for $45.00...

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  16. Oh forgive me, I got so excited about the shoe topic that I forgot to ... Congratulate you... Congratulations...

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  17. shoes looks nice...I have same kind of timberland shoes...i feel great

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