February 22, 2012

Ladies, does buying a new pair of shoes make you happy?

They make me so happy! Most of us have an interest in pretty things. Don’t you? Whether it be adorning yourself with a pair of sparkling earrings or a new tube of lipstick or being pampered with a manicure or a pedicure and trying that new nail polish with unusual names like “Jag-U-Are” or “I’m Really Not a Waitress”…..love my shades of red, especially “Valentine Red” which they recently discontinued but “Jag-U-Are” looks just like it!

My first impression with people is I notice their smile and pretty teeth and if their hair is well groomed………then I glance down at their shoes……..man or woman! A man can be wearing an Amani suit and looking handsome as ever but then when you look down at his shoes; they are all scuffed and/or should be black and not brown depending on the color of the suit…he just blew it! LOL

But, in Florida………..men only wear shorts and sandals and they look terrible. Come on men, not on a Saturday night in an upscale lounge or restaurant. Save the shorts and sandals for the beach. That was the first thing I noticed when I moved to Florida from Boston! Every place is air conditioned so no excuses that it is too hot to put on a sports jacket. You can tell I’m a “City Girl”. LOL

I remember years ago in my late twenties, I was sitting in the “Continental” lounge on Rte. 1, Saugus, MA and a gentleman sat beside me and bought me a drink and he said: “I always notice when a woman takes the time to look good is when her long nails are neatly manicured and polished”. Then he took my hand to examine my nails……….yah, o.k. he was hitting on me but he was right, my nails did look fabulous! hehehehhehehehhe

You have to admit, pretty things have therapeutic properties for everyone. Tools can be pretty things to a man and a new pair of shoes with a matching handbag does it for me! My husband used to be a sharp dresser and I was always proud to be standing beside him. He would always ask me what color I was going to wear on a Saturday night out for dinner and dancing so he would not clash with my outfit…….he always managed to find a shirt color to compliment what I was wearing should someone snap our photo!

But, today’s style with a 6 inch pencil heel and platform is getting ridiculous and causing such damage to the feet and not to mention falls. I recall the days I wore the stilettos but even in my hay day the highest heel was 4 inches. I don’t mind the platform part as it makes me look taller and thinner but 6 inch heels is plain stupid!

The Podiatrists will be making a fortune when these young girls of today become seniors or well before that and suffering with surgeries and all sorts of medical issues. What are the designers thinking? Some styles are so gorgeous that I would buy every pair if only they went down to at least a 3” heel. A smart shoe designer should make these gorgeous shoes with three different size heels………..that designer would make a lot of money. The shoes would go flying off the shelves, as it attracts women of all ages.

I recall years back, that it used to be hemlines that tied fashion to finance, stilettos appear to be the new economic indicators. I’ve already spotted in my own neighborhood ladies skipping around in ballet flats. But, I’ve heard doctors say, that complete flat shoes do not give enough arch support. I think that between 2” and 3” heels should be the maximum for happy feet!

It is my understanding that “Jimmy Choo” does customize the size heel for you but who can afford “Jimmy Choo”. I am a proud owner of one pair only because it was given to me as a gift! Thanks, Thommy! The best part is when you slip off that one shoe to try on shoes while out shopping, others notice that “Jimmy Choo” label and wonder why the hell are you shopping in DSW???? hehehehhehehe

These young girls don’t even know how to walk in these shoes. You have to learn how to properly walk in high heels. Stumbling down the street is not a pretty sight and these beautiful and young models falling down on the runways…………not pretty! And, Ouch…..the future pain will follow.


  1. Not many reasons or places for us to dress for anymore. It was never My forte, except for the Dress Uniform, Loved that!!! hahahaha

  2. I used to love my high heeled shoes. I wore them for years and 4 inches was my limit then. 2 inch were better. Now I no longer wear heels of any kind. I still love pretty shoes but more and more I'm going for comfort. They just don't make many pretty ones that are as comfortable as I like. Times have changed for me.

  3. Cracks me up when we go to basketball and football games and see the 6" spikes :o)

  4. My husband and I used to dress up to go everywhere. About eight years ago we went casual and there is no turning back. As a result, neither of us will judge a book by its cover. I spent my youth in stilettos. Now I wear FLATS cause of all my knee problems. These girls today should be wary of such things, for sure. I bet you and your hubby made a snazzy pair going out for a night on the town. I am glad you have the memories. Take care.

  5. I NEVER go out in sandals and/or shorts. I prefer to dress and I prefer women who dress.

    I figure that those who don't have the time to clean up to go out probably don't attend to more personal issues.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about going to a barbecue (although I don't wear shorts and sandals the either).

    Nope, the first thing that turns my head is how a person is dressed. The second things is their smile and personality.

    I deal with the rest as time progresses....