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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

have you ever gone to the gynecologist and come home with a new pair of shoes?

Nothing like my trip for groceries. Only one pair. And it was actually a practical purchase!

Let me explain ...

I've been seeing my doctor for about 10 years now. When I first picked her office, it was right across the street from our apartment. And then I moved (twice), and her office moved, and it's a bit of a haul -- 30 minutes from my office. But worth it once you find someone you're comfortable with!

Anyway, right down the street from her office is a DSW. I have driven by this store countless times, and have never been inside. Really, it was a crime.

So when I saw a giant banner in the window containing both "$29.95" and "Blowout," I knew today was the day. Yes I had to get back to work, but my deadlines are under control. I could just take a quick look!

Turns out it was a $29.95 and up Athletic Shoe Blowout -- but that can be a good thing, too. I scanned the athletic shoes in the front of the store, and then took the escalator upstairs (!) to the women's shoes.

Since I wanted to be quick, I just scanned the boots and headed towards the sale section. I'm really only on the lookout for a few things, and I was being VERY GOOD.

And then I came across a pair of Asics 2130s -- the newer model of the running shoes I wore before switching to Nike. It's probably a good idea to rotate shoes, though, and I didn't really have a backup pair.

I wear a size larger in my running shoes, so I finished scanning my size and moved over a few rows. (Huge clearance section!) I ended up finding the trail version of the 2130s.

My friend has last year's trail model, and I know from her experience they were a bit more stable than the standard, and hold up better to water. Perfect for winter!

They were 50% off their sale price; I paid $45 after tax. Best deal I've ever gotten on running shoes!

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Monday, November 24, 2008

hey -- what happened to noblocleanmo?

I was off to a good start trying to do a little cleaning up around here. I was pretty focused ... for the first two weeks.

At this point I'm looking at complete failure.

But the month isn't over yet. We do have a long weekend coming up, so maybe I'll be able to get rid of a few messes here and there.

I've got a bit of an emergency situation going on in my closet. I've pulled out nearly all of my fall/winter shoes without storing the spring/summer ones. It just took me 15 minutes to find a match to one of my shoe options for tomorrow. (Yes, I have options planned. It is raining now, and tomorrow's weather will influence my decision.)

Did I clean up any shoes during my search?

Nope. Just moved them around.

See, I have an idea in my head to catalog all of my shoes. I want to build a shoe database. (Yes, I am a dork.) And I'll be teaching myself a new (to me) technology in the process.

What I'm teaching myself will be helpful for my job, so it's not just something goofy. But it will probably take a while to get a system in place. I've been putting off organizing my shoes because I want to build my database first.

I think it's getting too bad to wait, though. I may have to start with a spreadsheet!

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

no boots for me*

A few days ago, I placed an online order at Ann Taylor for these:


While I do already have a pair of tall high-heel boots, they're a few years old and starting to show their age. Also, I'm guessing with the original price of $228, these would have been much nicer. These are dressier, too, so I would still wear both until the old ones wear out completely.

They were marked down substantially and I applied a coupon to bring the final cost to $66 after tax. Amazing deal, right?

Well, it was too good to be true. I just got an email today telling me there was an "incident" with my order. The boots were sold out before my order was fulfilled.

Boo! Isn't online shopping inventory updated in real time? I've definitely had things sell out before I could place my order on a few occasions.

The note said my order was shipped without the boots. I really hope that was a mistake from a standard form-letter response, because that would mean there is an empty box in the mail for me. At least I got free shipping.

They didn't even offer a discount when they were "apologizing for the inconvenience" of screwing up my order. This has happened once before at Piperlime.com (again with the shoes!), and they sent a coupon.

I always have coupons, but it still would have been the nice thing to do.

I have quite the order history with them!

* Well, there should be some ankle boots in the mail from a recent Ann Taylor LOFT order. That one has already shipped, and I received no "order incident" messages, so I'm assuming the boots are in the box.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

have you ever gone out for groceries and come home with four pairs of shoes?

Um, yeah. I have a problem.

This afternoon when I was running errands, I was proud of my restraint. I went to Old Navy to RETURN shoes. They were red heels that I loved, but just weren't going to work.

I usually need a 6.5 at Old Navy, but this particular pair did not come in half sizes. I ordered the 6 and 7 online and hoped one would work. The smaller pair squished my toes, and I felt like I was playing dress-up in Mommy's shoes with the larger.

So I went into Old Navy and returned the shoes, and didn't look at anything else. Except some on-sale jewelry, but I didn't find anything.

Next I headed to Ann Taylor LOFT to see if they had a jacket I ordered online in a different color. Online they didn't have my size in yellow, so I ordered it in red. But I really wanted the yellow.

Of course I tried on a few things. I almost bought pants, but I didn't love the way the pockets were laying. They weren't cheap enough to deal with poor pocket placement. I did find the yellow jacket, though. I made the exchange and left without spending a dime. (Actually, I found a dime in the parking lot!)

I even looked in Rack Room, because they had $19 red boots in the window. They would have filled the void of the red heels ... but they just seemed so cheap. Yes, they were cheap, but on sale from $39.99. They just weren't worth it.

I also left behind $12 red shoes on the clearance rack because they weren't really the style I was looking for.

After dinner, however, there was a little shopping spree. I headed to the grocery story to pick up a few things, but decided to stop in TJ Maxx first. Still looking for red shoes/boots. (Never mind the fact that I have two pairs of red shoes ... dress heels and casual flats ... I'm looking for a casual heel!)

I didn't find red shoes, but I did find these:


sofft heels
Söfft Gemma

Dress heels that are comfortable? I will be replacing an extremely painful pair with these!

I also found these, which I may or may not keep:

sofft flats
Söfft Seryn

They feel great, and actually might be comfortable for chorale performances when I'm standing for a long time. I couldn't decide between the two, but didn't really want to buy both since they weren't that cheap. But $34.99 is an excellent price for Söfft shoes!

After that (hadn't hit the supermarket yet!) I decided I should check out Famous Footwear. They opened in the same shopping center months ago and I hadn't been there yet.

I found these in the clearance section, buy one get one 1/2 off ... so I just had to buy two pairs!

etienne aigner
Etienne Aigner

me too
me too

This is not all I've purchased recently. There have been quite a few additions to my shoe collection the past month or two. I think I'm going to cut myself off for a little while.

Really.

I can stop anytime I want!

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

on the way home from work last night ...

Hubby: So did you buy a lot of CDs today?

Me: Uh, no. Why?

Hubby: (Laughing) Because I bought shoes!


He was wondering if maybe we'd traded habits for the day. (He's not normally shopping for shoes online ... but I passed along a great deal from Mir.)

It was funny that minutes that after the above conversation, we returned home to find a pair of shoes for me waiting on the doorstep!

Though, I'm not sure about these. I actually only went looking for shoes because I was making an online Old Navy purchase, and they had a promo to get free shipping if you added something from Piperlime. I figured I'd see what was on sale!

I added these to my shopping cart. On sale for $19.97, marked down from $70. Since they got rid of the $7 Old Navy shipping charge, I figure they were really only $12.97.

(Let's not discuss the failure of the majority of items in that Old Navy order.)

So ... the shoes came. I love the color. I love the texture -- they're "patent canvas." I'm just not sure about the peep-toe. I normally love a peep-toe, but usually the placement/shape is different.

What do you think?

oranges shoes

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Monday, June 23, 2008

it's been far too long since i've blogged about shoes ...

But since my last shoe-shopping update, I really haven't made a lot of purchases!

Well, there were these:


yellow shoes

Somewhat impractical in color, but I've managed to wear them quite a bit. They were on sale, and they're so comfortable!

When I noticed the same shoes were still available in green (a color that perfectly matched a couple of things already in my closet), I added them to my collection as well. (Still on sale, as well!) (Uh oh, the pink ones are $27.63 on Amazon.com. Do I need them in pink too?)

green shoes

These, however, are not nearly as comfortable as their yellow sister pair. The leather isn't as soft, they're a little tighter in the toes, and the right shoe rubs my heel.

They're lucky that they're so cute, and that a bandage can stop the pain.

I Twittered last week about a different pair of shoes hurting my feet. (Oh, right, I did decide to sign up.) These shoes:

ow!

Unlike the cute green shoes, they are not worth the pain. They were cheap, faux-patent, and hurt all over. They've got to go. Good-bye painful shoes!

I've got to make room for more somehow!

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

photo hunt: shoes!




It was time to swap out my fall/winter shoes, anyway!
shoe stairway

shoe stairway

shoe stairway

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

new shoes

The shopping fast is over.


on sale now at Old Navy!

I've had my eye on these for months. I'd seen them in magazines before they even hit the stores. I don't even know what I'm going to wear with them ... but I'll figure something out.

I saved money by waiting, too -- originally $19.50, they're on sale at Old Navy now for $11.70!

Of course, I spent that saved money by buying a second pair.

on sale now at Old Navy!

I couldn't resist. I love this pattern, too!

Over the weekend I picked up a few items at Ann Taylor LOFT -- I had $100 in savings cards that I had to use! And Banana Republic sent me an email today to take an extra 20% off their sale items.

I know, it seems like the fast just made me explode back into my old shopping habits. Well, I had some birthday money to spend! And, yes, it was a little pent-up.

I did learn some things I needed during my fast. I guess when you're not buying things, you pay more attention to the flaws in what you do have.

Most of my pants are too short, even with flats. And I only have one pair of jeans I can wear with the majority of my heels (2-3 inch). I need to find some longer pants!

I can use a casual pair of brown flats and possibly black boots that are flat enough for my barely-long-enough pants. (They're not all hopeless!)

I also need some neutral sandals to wear with my beach dresses in Jamaica. And a one-piece bathing suit for triathlon training, but that doesn't count. It's something I actually need!

Before I buy anything else, I should really go through my closet again. If the weather would make up its mind, I could rotate my clothes and shoes for spring/summer!

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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

list day 5: shoe essentials

We've already established the fact that I love shoes. I'm not really sure how many pairs I have at this point, but it's a lot. I think back in November when I was organizing, I had about 75 pairs.

That, of course, was before my January shoe-shopping spree that caused me to cut myself off for a couple months!

Anyway, I'm not counting. I'm just here today to give a list of my top ten essential shoes, to accompany my top ten clothing essentials.


  1. Neutral flats that can go with everything
    For me, I need both black and brown, in both casual and more dressy styles. So item one is at least four pairs for me. Then you add in silver, bronze, patterned, etc. Time to stop counting!
  2. Tall boots
    Again, both black and brown. Again, I have two pairs of each -- dressy and casual!
  3. Ankle boots
    See a trend? I have black flat casual, black kitten heel, chocolate brown, medium brown and black patent.
  4. Black heels
    To go with that little black dress. Of course, these can also be red or gold or silver or ...
  5. Comfortable shoes you can walk for a long time in
    You shouldn't be wearing heels when taking your in-laws sightseeing. I like a pair of non-athletic sneakers for this, as long as they have enough arch support. Occasionally I'll use an old pair of running shoes, but that's not very stylish!
  6. Canvas skimmers
    Something a little more casual for spring and summer. Of course I'm in love with my Keds "Eleanor" series. I've got four pairs (so fun!), plus two pairs in neutral shades.
  7. Flip-flops
    For the beach, pool, and casual summer outings.
  8. Dress sandals
    I like heels with fun-colored straps and wedges, but I've also got black wedges.
  9. Casual sandals
    Like leather slides. I've got brown, black and navy.
  10. Something impractical that adds personality
    Perhaps my multi-color polka dotted wedges, gold peep-toes or red patent heels.

So with a little creativity, I can fit all 80+ pairs into this top ten essential list, right?

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Friday, February 01, 2008

the storage situation

I had some photos of my closet back from my NaBloCleanMo project. Here is what the shoe situation looked like up until last week or so:


shoe closet - after

And here it is today:

shoe rack expansion

I picked up an inexpensive shelf that would fit the existing space, and put the shoe rack on top. Bonus, I can shove the Keds skimmers between the bottom of the shoe rack and the top of the new shelf!

Adding the patent boots caused the ankle boots to no longer fit as neatly under the bottom shelf of my closet organizer, but they can still stay tidy as they are.

And while it looks tight, I do actually have room for future purchases -- I don't really need three pairs of running sneakers that I can't run in anymore. (Our local running shop recycles them. I will probably keep just one spare pair once I lift the shoe ban to make room for more!)

So for now, things are still under control.

I just don't want to think about how it's going to fit when it's time to rotate out the 20+ pairs of spring/summer shoes hibernating in a box under the bed!

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

january shoe review

or, why I'm not allowed to go shopping anymore ...

Since She Likes Purple inquired about my shoe purchases ... below you will find the footwear that entered my house during the month of January.

Before I cut myself off on January 15.

See, there are several ladies (the aforementioned She Likes Purple, and a couple others) that have sworn off unnecessary shopping for 30 or 60 days.

At first, I thought, "Good for them!," but it wasn't for me. Shopping is too much fun!

I never used to indulge myself ... but as we've gotten more established, I realize I do deserve to have nice things, and have increased my (still somewhat cheap) budget accordingly.

Though, I've been on a bit of a shopping spree lately. After a string of large purchases, I decided I was on board too. At least for 30 days. I'd sort of like to make it until my birthday (March 29) -- but yikes, that's really far away!

On to the shoes ...

ann taylor peep-toeI found these Ann Taylor satin peep-toe heels on sale for $39.99, which is actually higher than I usually spend on shoes (boot budget is a big higher!). I'm a bargain hunter; while I have a lot of nice shoes, I usually get killer deals. I figured since these are exactly what I've been looking for for years, and they were originally $118, I could make an exception.


ann taylor bronze peep-toe Technically, these bronze Ann Taylor peep-toes entered my house on January 16, one day after I said I'd stop the unnecessary purchasing. But I had things to return to Ann Taylor, and still walked out with more money than I came in with (on my credit card statement).

Also, I decided these were destined to be mine. When I was in there days earlier (pre shopping ban), I saw them on the sale rack, in my size. I wanted them, but resisted for some reason. I figured if they were still there when I brought in my returns, they were meant to be.

steve madden polka-dot wedgeI've had my eye on these Steve Madden wedges for a while over at Endless.com. When I thought they were sold out, it made me kind of sad ... and then I looked again and found them. So I really had to buy them, right?

I've previously documented my love for the Keds Eleanor skimmers. I had seen the "Dove" style and when I finally found them marked down to $18, I had to buy. But I also fell in love with the wood button on the "Elephant" style and got those too.

keds eleanor - elephants

keds eleanor - doves


Ann Taylor LOFT suede flatsAnd then, Ann Taylor LOFT had these on clearance for $9, and I couldn't resist. Also, I realized I only have one other pair of black flats which are a little more casual, so this was a great purchase!

And you already know about the patent boots.

Were you counting? Did I actually buy seven pairs of shoes in two weeks?

So yeah, I'm officially cut off.

I joked with my husband that I had to build an addition to my shoe rack!
(Um, I really did. I'll post an update later with "before" and "after" shots!)

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Friday, January 11, 2008

today in a shopping center parking lot ...

A woman complimented me on my shoes.

These shoes:


apparently, today is leopard-print day!

Which I got for $14.98 at Rack Room. Woo!

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

ann taylor loft made me buy boots (again)


patent boots

It wasn't quite the steal as the ones I found around this time last year, but with the original price of $89.99, marked down to $64.99, all sale items an additional 30% off and my $25 coupon (pro-rated to deduct off each item I purchased), the total cost for the boots was about $32.

Yippee!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

my shoes are red and yellow and green and brown and purple and white and pink and orange ...

I admit it, I have a problem.

Yes, of course I've always had a bit of a shoe habit. But lately, it seems it's gotten harder to resist purchasing shoes that will have limited use.
yellow/green sandals
Surely, I must have been more practical at some point?

I picked up these green and yellow sandals a few years ago. They were on sale, and while I loved them, I initially went home without them.

What would they possibly match?

Still, I couldn't stop thinking about them. I knew I had to go back -- I figured if they had my size in stock, it was meant to be!

Surprisingly, I do get a lot of wear out of them. The colors are subtle, and I actually have a few light green tops that coordinate.

pink sandals The pink sandals were a no-brainer since they were really cheap at Target. I have quite a few skirts and tops that work well well with them.

(Though, I think I bought the skirts specifically to go with the shoes ... but, I really did need more skirts at the time!)

I didn't buy anything else colorful for a while except for some purple pumps which I needed to go with a dress.
It was a striped dress, predominately purple, but also with some green (so the yellow/green sandals match as well). Since I was wearing the dress for a fall wedding, I wanted a closed toe. The dress has since gotten more use, but I have worn the sandals every other time.

blue owlsThis spring/summer has seen a lot of color!

It started with these cute sneaker flats that I had to have.

They're the 'Eleanor' series by Keds. I liked a few of the prints and decided to purchase the blue owl version.

I do wear a lot of aqua blue, so I wear them a decent amount of time ... but I haven't found a way to coordinate them yet without being a close match.

green parrotsI love them ... so when I found one of the other styles I liked on sale at T.J. Maxx the other day, I couldn't resist.

I wear a lot of green, too :)

I really tried to leave T.J. Maxx with just that one pair, but another impractical purchase was calling out to me.

They were very cute, and very comfortable, but I put them down and walked away. They'd be yet another pair of shoes that will be hard to coordinate.

Or would they?

I had to go back and take them home!

red flats

I wore them today, and my feet were very happy!

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