I’ve always been a “shoe girl”. It runs in my family. When I say I have 70 pairs, I do not exaggerate. And when I tell you that in college, a basketball player I’d never met heard my name and said, “Oh, that’s the girl with the shoes”, I am not making things up.
Part of the reason I’d always loved shoes is that they’re easy. You can be having a fat day and your hair be a disaster, but at least your shoes will look good. I was heavier in college and grad school than I am now, so shopping sometimes depressed me – unless I came home with a pair of shoes. Then, I felt accomplished, without having had to beat myself up in the dressing room mirror.
Over the past few years, though, I’ve drifted from my first love. Sure, I’d use my DSW coupons like they were a voucher for my last meal, but for the most part, when I went shopping, I bought clothes.
All of this led me to the place last week of standing in my closet, realizing that most of my work-appropriate shoes were either dead or barely gasping for their last breath. It was time for some major shoe-wardrobe overhaul.
So, I bought 7 pairs.
Does that seem excessive? I don’t think so. Legitimately, at least 5 of those 7 pairs are ones I needed. The other two could go either way.
This very conservative, yet cute, gray pump is one of seven. I’m a little embarrassed but also pleasantly surprised to admit that these, along with three of the six other pairs, came from Payless. Now, I haven’t shopped at Payless since high school (with the exception of one pair of cute red boots), but I’d heard their shoes had gotten cuter and more comfortable. So, when I passed it on the way to Macy’s, I decided to stop in – and leave with four pairs. So far, the rumors have been true. Granted, I may have to replace these shoes sooner than a more expensive pair, but for $18 ($20, but they give you a 10% AAA discount – random and who knew?), I’d say it’s worth it.
The jacket is a lovely lavender leather piece that I got at TJMaxx a couple years ago. The skirt, as you know, is from H&M.
Reunited with my first love at last.