I love travelling for Thanksgiving to see our family. The fun, the food, and the laughter are great. But no trip to big city civilization is complete without a trip to DSW. DSW is another way to say Designer Shoe Warehouse. A. Warehouse. Full. Of. SHOES!
I don’t have many vices, but shoes are definitely one of them. And chai latte. Oh! And cookies! But back to the shoes…I LOVE shoes! I won’t even tell you how many pairs once graced my closets. Hubby was a bit taken a back when we initially moved in together.
“Um, Sweetie? Exactly how many pairs of black shoes do you need?” he says. He’s such a guy! As if you could ever have too many pairs of black shoes!
Sadly, my once vast shoe collection has fallen prey to the purge over the years. My current lifestyle doesn’t require a lot of varied footwear.
Something to work out in.
Something to chase the boys in.
Something to get muddy in.
Something that will keep me from wiping out in the snow.
You get the idea.
I believe that I have shared my borderline unhealthy love of all things bovine on more than one occasion. So I think it’s only natural that I hold these boots in very high esteem. LOVE them! But I’d never justify the expense. They just aren’t practical for my life. Sigh.
So we went to DSW in search of a cute brown boot that may serve some sort of practical function.
These cuties were a distinct possiblity. I like that they are black and brown so they could be worn with anything.
Buckles seem quite popular. And slouchy stuff hanging around the ankle.
Built in leg warmers! Somewhere, Jennifer Beals is smiling and she doesn’t know why.
I like the buttons on these–reminds me of the old “granny boots” from the Victorian era.
Have you noticed that I am attracted to boots with ridiculous heels? Have I mentioned that I live Up North, where is snows approximately 7 months out of the year? Ridiculous heels and snow do not mix.
Here’s what I should be looking for–warm, woolly boots. Boots that will keep frostbite at bay if I slide off the road and have to carry 4 kids on my back for miles to the nearest gas station. It’s been known to happen.
What I like…
…what I should wear.
I draw the line here–I’ll leave the fur to the Abominable Snow Man.
These little numbers caught my eye from across the room. I have a weakness for patent leather wing tips. Fred Astaire and I are alike in that way. These shoes also sent me on an ADD tangent that made me plumb forget what it was that I was shopping for in the first place.
I saw these fiery red ones and couldn’t look away.
Look! They are even cute on the inside! Boy did I want these shoes. I don’t care that I would probably only ever wear them with jeans. I don’t care that they didn’t have any tread to keep me upright on the ice. They are adorable! But not my size.
I might be able to justify these–if I were a hunter, which I am not. My boys would have picked these for me in a second.
Would someone please explain Gladiator shoes to me?
I mean, seriously! I just don’t get Gladiator shoes.
And don’t even get me started on these
shoes slippers shoes. At the risk of exposing the depth of my dorkiness, these remind me of Tribbles. As in The Trouble With Tribbles episode of the Original Star Trek. You know, the fuzzy things that William Shatner (as Capt. Kirk) brought on board the Enterprise only to discover that they multiplied exponentially like every 5 seconds and thus quickly taking over the ship?
Are you still there? Phew!
These little sweeties are what I ended up with. Not at all the cute yet practical brown boot that I was looking for to shelter my feet from the elements. Oh, no. I instead chose an open toe pump with a pewter buckle and a patent leather heel. Before you make fun, you should know that the sides of the shoe are made of wool, so I am sure they will keep my feet nice and toasty this winter. 😉