Perhaps I am thinking Spring.
Perhaps I am easily influenced by what I see.
Perhaps it is both.
In any case, I have had quite the time of it lately, trying to find the perfect pair of pink pumps. It may have started with the “How I Wear My…Pink” link up hosted by Adrienne and Jill. During that event, pink pumps worn by some of the other ladies caught my eye. A little while later, Adrienne again did a post about pink, this time focusing exclusively on shoes. I soon found myself thinking a pink pair of pumps would be a welcomed addition to my rather boring shoe wardrobe. However, finding the perfect pair was more than difficult for a variety of reasons. The number one reason being:
I refuse to go shopping in actual, physical stores.
Kind of stupid, huh?, when one is looking for shoes. Especially someone like me who has had some recent foot issues. Stubbornly, I would not concede to going to a shoe store. I confidently knew I would find what I wanted online. No problem. Right!
I found a great pair on Ebay. Great color, perfect heel, nice style, my size. AND I would be shopping used first–a policy I really try to live by.
However, they were too tight. Way too tight. I thought I could manage the discomfort if I only wore the shoes briefly but then I recalled my recent bout with plantars fasciitis and decided against the martyr-shoe-wearing plan. Back they went.
They fit but my body went into convulsive shock once heels that high were placed on my footsies. I have lived in Birkenstocks and Danskos for months–a heel that high was suicide. Blast! I was disappointed because I really did like them. I was still thinking of “making them work” when I tried them on without any socks. Massive toe cleavage!! I can handle a little toe cleavage but not at the base of every. single. toe. Uuugh. Back they went.
Not one to give up–and only recently having been described as “determined” (interesting the context of that) by my husband–I tried again. This time I searched by heel height and color. And something finally dinged in my head that perhaps I should go with a brand I know my feet can handle. So I found this pair by Sofft:
Potential Problem #3
They are a very interesting shade of pink/red/I don’t know what to call it. They look like a color that belongs in Barbie’s shoe wardrobe which, of course, made me like them for some reason. The heel is very modest (which means I can walk without full-body convulsions). The fit? Well, they were a little snug in the toe box but I knew going a size up with make them sloppy in the heel. What to do? What to do? My solution was to stuff socks in the toes, leave the shoes on a heat register for a time, then walk around in them with really thick socks when they were quite toasty. It worked! They now fit very comfortably and slip on and off like Cinderella’s own glass slipper. So Potential Problem #3 has proved to be a winner! Thank goodness. I was starting to create quite a dent in my bank account with return postage.
Would you wear pink pumps? How do you like to shop for shoes?
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