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For my first preparing-for-the-north purchase, yesterday I bought some boots.

The salesman was extolling their virtues re: warmth.   I didn’t bother telling him that even the flocked wool wouldn’t cut it where I was going.  Anyway, I bought them.  They’ll suffice.

They cost $150 at half-price.

And today I popped into (argh!  what’s the name of the shop on Granville near Dunsmuir, west side of street?) another shoe store and reluctantly put a pair of shoes on hold.   They, too, are on sale – $79 instead of $130 or something.

Apart from John Fleuvog (which is irresistably fun) I hate shopping for shoes!  And I hate buying shoes!  And you know what else?  I don’t even like wearing them, and kick them off any moment I can get away with it!

OK, Shoe-people (I know you’re out there):  What do you possibly enjoy about the whole shoe-shopping/closets of shoes/wearing shoes experience?  I don’t get it!

Photo Credit: Nogoodnik (not that I understand why anyone would photograph foot gear, either!)

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  1. Tara

    Because no matter how fat or thin you are — the shoe still fits. A nice excuse to shop when you can’t fit into the size of clothing you want to wear.

    And shoes make the outfit. You can have a plain old black shirt and jeans on, but the red high heels make you eye-catching.


    Jan 21, 2009
  2. Sandra Vander Schaaf

    Two thoughts:
    1. When you find a shoe designer you like, keep going there. Always. I’m a Fluevog fan. If they don’t have something I love, no one will. I did have to go further afield for boots last year (dear John Fluevog changed the last on my favourite boots such that they didn’t fit me right and I didn’t want to repeat the ones I’d worn for a few years already) and found a great pair at a reasonable price at Ronsons Rack. Everything there is discounted which is a good feature.
    2. When “your” designer doesn’t carry what you need and you’re forced to shop afield, focus on what you’re going to DO in the shoes you need. Then it’s not about the shopping, it’s about the activity the purchase will facilitate. I broke down and bought a rather hideous-(=sporty) looking but exceptionally functional pair of sandals that took me through 8 weeks of Euro-trekking one summer. Also, I have a hard time fitting 3- to 4 inch stilettos, but I give it the effort because dancing tango takes me to rapturous places I could not get to in any other footwear.


    Jan 21, 2009
  3. I love wearing shoes, but not necessarily shopping for them. Finding a good pair of shoes for a reasonable price is a rare kind of joy, but I have very high standards for my shoes with regard to comfort as well as style. I figure that my feet do a lot of hard work carrying me around everywhere, giving them stylish and comfortable supports is the least I can do in return.

    Jennifer’s last blog post..Project in Waiting = Home Decor


    Jan 21, 2009
  4. OMG, I love love love those Ecco boots you bought. Where did you get them from?

    Krystal’s last blog post..Who else is Twittering?


    Jan 22, 2009
  5. Nancy — I can’t believe you’re leaving!! I hope you continue your blog. I’ve enjoyed droppig in periodically. Vancity nominations were announced this morning and it got me thinking about you again. As long as you keep blogging I’ll be able to find you.

    Jennifer Sweeney’s last blog post..Vancity Nominations approved


    Jan 22, 2009
  6. BTW — I’m the same as you when it comes to shoes and boots — in fact, most articles of clothing:-)

    Jennifer Sweeney’s last blog post..Vancity Nominations approved


    Jan 22, 2009
  7. Well I just bought my 2nd pair of Fleuvogs, so clearly I don’t hate shopping for shoes as much as I thought I did!
    @Tara Only now that I’m buying Fleuvogs do I feel like I have something to strut! 🙂
    @Sandra I really, really like thinking in terms of the activity the shoes will facilitate, rather than the shoes themselves. And I can *just imagine* you in heels and doing the tango.
    @Jennifer (1) I think that’s why I don’t like shoes. I so rarely find ones in which I feel comfortable. Heels by definition make me uncomfortable.
    @Krystal Hi! from the store on Robson/Granville – alas, last pair! They were on the last-pair rack and just happened to fit.
    @Jennifer (2) Give me a call if you have a sec. Or e-mail me.

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    Jan 23, 2009
  8. Kristi

    Hey, Nancy – enjoy Yellowknife. I lived and worked in the NWT for my entire 20s – it’s Dickens….the best of times, the worst of times…but I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world.

    And just so you know, Northerners don’t really consider Yellowknife the “North”. It used to be that southerners came to the North, spent time working/living in the settlements, and then eventually made their way to the bigger communities of Yellowknife, Hay River, Fort Smith, etc. Now, most southerners living in Yellowknife have neve actually lived in a settlement (the real “North” at least up there).

    Good luck – I think you’ll love it!


    Jan 24, 2009
  9. Lior

    I don’t have a closet full of shoes but I do have a few pairs. Me got boots. And casuals. And runners. In all I have about 10 pairs, which I think is pretty average. I love shopping for shoes when I actually need to buy them. Unlike many people who buy shoes in a moment of temptation and only wear them once or twice a year, I wear all my shoes on a regular basis.


    Jan 25, 2009
  10. 1 par of sneakers, 1 par of black leather shoes, 1 par of slippers. Done.

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    Feb 02, 2009

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