My Achilles Heel? Those who know me know all too well. Shoes, shoes, and more shoes. Preferably stilettos with deep toe-cleavage and flirty style.
I admit I was a shoe addict decades before I married and divorced, but my passion for fashion – and especially fine footwear – got me through many an otherwise dismal day and maudlin mood.
How is that, exactly?
Listen. If you’re a fan of footwear, I don’t have to convince you. And even if your taste (like mine) runs to Manolos, Choos, and the God Himself, Christian Louboutin – those “champagne tastes” don’t mean you can’t enjoy less costly options.
Shop Until You (Happily) Drop?
Online window shopping can be relaxing and delicious. We can sit in the privacy of our own homes and dream…
When we decide we’re desperate for some adult “field trip” time, even an hour of boutique hopping at the mall or discount outlet options are mana from heaven for this Chaussure Aficionado.
And window shopping is free, remember?
May I also mention that the major department stores have periodic sales that wind up giving you a significant break? It’s a matter of luck and planning.
My Footwear Forays
Care for an example?
Last year I was writing about shoes for a fashionable friend, and naturally I made a beeline to my favorite department store where I’m in Designer Shoe Paradise.
I was busily taking pictures (with permission, of course), and naturally I couldn’t resist trying on a little Kate Spade, Michael Kors, and one of my favorite versatile designers, Stuart Weitzman.
Did I mention that I was in a terrible mood when I entered the shoe department? May I clarify that I left with a smile on my face, and aware of the date for an upcoming sale?
Recently, I took on the weighty subject of most beautiful boots and booties.
Okay. Hardly earth-shattering. But hey! It’s a new season! And footwear is a girl’s best friend!
I had been working very long hours and was in need of a pick me up. Not only did strolling the shoe department do the trick as usual, but just slipping my tootsies into leopard heels – thank you Michael Kors – left me blissful!
Now those leopard beauties were among many stunning styles I tried. (Oh. So. Much. Fun.)
They’re sexy, they’re comfortable, and they make me feel like a million bucks!
It is rare – very rare – that I splurge. But shoe shopping is cheaper than therapy, right?
Life After Divorce: No Recreational Spending?
On the budgetary topic, let me be clear. My life after divorce has been one financial headache after another, and working an UnBudget that has been Unhappily Unyielding.
It has been many years of attentiveness, and priorities centered on the needs of my children.
But now and then, my online shoe shopping – sans purchasing – has been a delight. Every so often, as I did with the leopard pumps, I allow myself something I will treasure, in part because I don’t take recreational spending for granted.
My Passion for Peep-Toe Pumps
On the passion front?
Those of you who say you can’t wear heels, I get it. Really, I do. But you don’t necessarily have to wear them “out.” If you’re in a socializing mood with someone special, you just may wear them “in.”
Besides, for me, shoes are part of packaging my personal style! Doesn’t it help when we have some aspect of fashion that we feel is truly “us?”
Personally, I adore shoes and consider them to be art objects when they’re beautifully designed and produced. As one who enjoys style (when I can), I also have a fondness for men who appreciate my fondness for elegant shoes! That means that my flirtier accessories are enjoyed even if we’re sharing a casual meal at the coffee table.
Let’s just say – pretty pumps work wonders when it comes to dessert.