Saturday, June 02, 2007

Shoes, Glorious Shoes

I’m a sucker for shoes, always have been. But in recent years my requirement that they be comfortable has limited my choices. I have had the incredibly bad luck to find great shoes that are then discontinued both by Ecco and by Gabor.

I went through the entire last year without finding even one pair of comfortable new shoes to buy. I was getting a little panicky that I was going to have to go to my 40th HS reunion with dorky shoes that were falling apart.

Yesterday I decided to go to DSW, thinking that among those thousands of shoes they would have a pair or two that would work. The price was definitely right, but after an hour of trying on everything that looked like even a remote possibility, I walked out empty-handed thinking something must really be wrong with my feet if DSW was a bust.

But then I decided to go to Nordstroms, where I had had shoe luck in the distant past. Nordstroms is a place where the salespeople still work on commission. This means if they want to make a commission they know their stock, they listen to people, and they are courteous. I can’t say any of those qualities were met at DSW, where I was hard-pressed to find an employee who even spoke English. Granted the prices are about four times as high, but I was desperate.

Uzma was the young woman who waited on me at Nordstoms. She too was not from this country, but she was probably from India and spoke excellent English. She quickly sized me up and disappeared into the back, coming out with a stack of four boxes.

I warned her that I was difficult customer to please and that we might not be successful. But she just smiled and started opening the boxes. Not only did they all fit, but two of her choices were absolutely perfect. The color was right. They fit and were comfortable. I just love the black ones that will be dressy but casual at the same time.

As I was leaving I asked Uzma for her card, thinking that in the future I would go straight to her, skipping Comfort One and certainly skipping DSW.

They always say the shoes make an outfit. I hope this is true, because I have nothing new and exciting to wear. So maybe they will look at my hair (more on that later in the week) and my feet and say “Can that possibly be Barbie?” Yes, I’m sad to say that was my name until I went away to college.

Don’t you love my shiny black sandals?


Blogger Kristin said...

They're gorgeous! I just got an email last week from Nordstrom touting their selection of comfortable shoes. I'll have to go and check it out.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Kristin -- If comfort is not your #1 priority, you can always check out Brass Plum Shoes, which is right next to the comfortable women's shoe dept. If I could just do high heels and backless shoes, that's where I'd be!

9:44 AM  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

I do! I wish I could wear dainty dress shoes but because of a deteriorating toe joint, I can only wear hiking boots, big huge barge-like black new Balance runners, and roots/birk-looking sandals which I have to wear to a fancy wedding in 2 weeks! I'm so embarrassed but I can't go without this big orthotic which necessitates getting a men's size 10 W...which is at least 11 ladies. Everything has to be custom made for about $400.

9:54 AM  
Blogger GEWELS said...

BARBIE!!!! I love it.

Nordstrom's is always fabulous. I'm an eleven so findig shoes for me is a toughie- Although, I usually can walk out of DSW with more than one pair.

I just read this morning that the average woman spends 277.00 on shoes per year. And that she owns about 27 pair. That can't be right?
Can it? I guess I'm not average. Or, maybe I have a TERRIBLE obsession. Must be the Italian in me- we all ADORE shoes.

This Friday's photohunters theme will be shoes- You'll have to come by and check out my collection then.

Love the black ones' especially- you'll look fabulous! Can't wait to hear about the hair.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

MOI -- Yikes! But comfort is everything. Don't worry at the wedding -- all eyes will be on the bride.

Sounds like you have foot problems like my husband has. He has been getting his shoes custom-made for over 20 years.

Gewels -- Well I was way under that average last year, but am already close this year. As for the 27 pairs, that would be about right for me. Can't wait to check out your shoes.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Mike M said...

Great blog! I will be back for more


3:41 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Mike M -- You've said exactly the same thing before on my Blog and on others. Are you a man of few words? Maybe just give us a hint of why you liked what you read? Otherwise it seems like a canned response. And what does -0-0- signify?

4:03 PM  

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