Today is my father’s birthday. He’s 67 years old today!
(The fire department refused to let us light that many candles for fear of a repeat Chicago-style fire.)
My dad was with me when I bought my very first pair of big-girl career shoes. We went shopping in Michigan after Christmas when I was in college, and he watched as I tried on
in the store.
and then when nothing fit, we repeated that at the next store. I’d like to say he didn’t make even a peep of complaint, but I’d be lying. He complained like a sailor on holiday in a dry county. But he was insistant that we did not leave without the perfect shoes for my internship in the spring semester.
We eventually settled on matte black 4-inch mary jane square-toed heels from Payless and cream bow-detailed slingbacks from Nine West. Both of those shoes were worn out long ago, but the memory I have of my dad holding up ladies’ shoes for two hours is irrevocably carved into my brain.
Today’s holiday gift idea:
Fathers, spend time with your daughters. Even if it’s just to go shoe shopping. It’s not *just* shoe shopping to us. Even if we look cranky the whole time…
Daughters, try to be understanding when your dad is the most uncool person EVER. They grow up…and so do you.
*****make sure to check out my sister’s post for Dad’s bday over at Miss Vinyl Ahoy!
In case you’re short on ideas for the shoe-lover in your life, let me be of assistance.
We’re far too busy picking just the right shoe to be concerned with things like what day it is. Get people like us a calendar and and up you “awesomness quotient” by making it a SHOE calendar.
Shoes: 2011 Mini Wall Calendar [Amazon]
Page-a-Day Gallery Calendar, describled (or described, even!) as “… a parade of glamour and style. Sky-high over-the-knee boots from Jean Rousseau. Vintage Vivier pumps. Plus Jimmy Choos and Jourdans, Casadeis, Manolos, and more. Every one guaranteed to be a perfect fit.” [Amazon]
Yes, I’d like to place an order for January 19. In Blue. Thanks. [Amazon]
What’s better than a year of shoes? 16 months of shoes, like in this 16-month calendar. [Amazon]
Hey! This one looks perfect for me, one Shoe-A-Day. Perfection! [Amazon]
In case you live in Las Vegas (or like me are going there on vacation soon) Groupon has an AMAZING deal today.
For $75 get $200 to spend at Catherine Malandrino at The Shoppes at The Palazzo on the Strip (Map)
Gorgeous, no? Who WOULDN’T want to shop here? In case you need a point of two of persuasion…
Here’s 11. (But don’t get the pink ones. Those are mine.)
After a lengthy absence, I’m back! Here’s a video that has nothing to do with shoes and everything to do with my ridiculous love for cats.
One of my favorite shoes is the pair I got for 75% off. Not just because it was such a great deal, but also because it’s a classic show, in a flattering shape, with detail that make it so “me” without being so trendy that it’ll be unwearable next season. Shoe shopping (or all shopping) isn’t just about getting the best deal, it’s also about getting a great addition to your wardrobe.
For example: these terribly ugly Stuart Weitzman clogs are currently marked down to $179 on Gilt. Even though they are a great deal (originally $350) they are ugly as sin, and no amount of a discount could get these into my closet.
But, in case I did go blind and deaf and completely mental on top of all that, there are better deals on this exact shoe. ($151 at Revolve Clothing for example) The thing to take away from this? Don’t by something just because it’s discounted, and don’t accept that discount price as the lowest out there.
Here’s the deal: Lanvin’s collaboration with H&M hits stores on November 20. According to Fashionologie, four pairs of shoes are included in the collection. Each retails for $99 (far less than the average $1,000 Lanvin pricetag)
What does this all mean?
I think you know.
It means I’m going to spend nearly $400 on November 20. (sidenote: those black bow pumps are dead ringers for the $795 Lanvin bow pumps at Bergdorfs)
…After camping out in front of H&M on November 19. Who’s with me!!!!
Manolo Blahnik explains how to walk in heels. “I would like to say that I don’t dislike women that don’t wear heels — people often think I prefer women in heels but it isn’t true. But if you do feel unsure, the best way to practice is by walking on the balls on your feet in a swimming pool or on the beach. The motion is the same.” [Vogue UK]