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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Further proof that the men? They have no clue.

So last night Adam and I met at Rock Bottom after work for dinner and of course one cannot go to Rock Bottom without going to the South Shore Plaza afterward (and by one, I mean I). So to the SSP we went in search of fun products at Bath and Body Works, fun shoes at Filene's Basement, and fun anything-kitchen-related at Crate & Barrel.

(Can you tell who was in charge of this shopping excursion?)

So we make our way into Bath and Body Works and are confronted immediately with a super psyched sales lady who wanted to tell us about everything pumpkin related in the store (and there is a LOT of pumpkin paraphanelia there, like this and this and don't forget this). And once she was finished with her pumpkin performance she noticed my shoes and had to gush about "Oh my GOD how do you WALK in those things I would DIE I mean REALLY!". And so on and so forth. So I smile (ruefully) and inform her I am used to it by now. She asked "But HOW can you get used to THAT!". And I , feeling very lofty, told her I had been wearing inappropriate shoes for years.

But then of course Adam has to pipe in with "Are you kidding? She complains about her feet ALL THE TIME. Just a few minutes ago she said "We can't stay at the mall that long because my shoes are killing me".

The lady smirked. Her eyes told me "FRAUD!!!".

And I turned to Adam and have him the "Are you kidding?" look. So what if it's true. Do I want to admit to this stranger that my feet, while my shoes are super cute, my feet are in agony and the blister bandaids I administered to my heels fell off long ago, and that I hadn't felt my pinky toes since, oh 2PM? No, I just want to continue on my merry, cute and painful way.

Of course after this little interlude I had to buy some pumpkin paraphenalia. She was hip to my game now and must be mollified. So I bought some Pumpkin Pie shampoo/body wash and scurried out of there as fast as my bloody stumps of feet could carry me.

And I made damn sure that when someone at Filene's Basement comnented that they liked my shoes, that Adam was nowhere within earshot. And I stood there in the shoe section, watching ladies try on 4 inch stilettos and shoes that bent their feet into shapes that no foot should be in and I thought "We are all living a lie". Like these ladies, I like to tell people that the shoe I am wearing does not bother me but really I am just used to the pain, and used to bringing back up flats with me just in case, and used to denying myself the comfort of sneakers day in and day out. That's just life.

It didn't stop me from buying some 3 inch heel bronze pointy toed Steve Madden pumps (at 60% off) but it was a nice little epiphany to have on a Wednesday night.

21 comments:

kim said...

i wish i could deal with pain as well as you do. because i DO like those high, cute shoes. hell yeah i do. but i cannot for the life of me walk in them. my feet just like to be comfy and free. which is exactly why i'm wearing these today. yes, i AM one of those flip-flopping co-workers. and i like it!

Sarah said...

kim, i am sure you look as cute in flip flops as you would in high heels :-)

Lori said...

I always feel sexier in heels but as much as I hate to admit sneakers are my every day wear.

Nicky said...

I will be going through my shoe closet soon. Alas! I might have to give away a couple pairs of once-only wear size 10s. They are gorgeous but they are KILLERS.
I have another pair that damaged the connetive tendon at the bottom of my foot one New Year's Eve. It took 6 months for that foot to heal (no pun intended). I should get rid of them, but cannot bear to...due to their unique cuteness. Such is life. Sigh...

hetherjw said...

This not a post about how "the men? they have no clue." Flip the gender and you're on the right track. Anything that makes you unable to feel you pinky toes is um... not worth wearing.

Sarah said...

haha nicky i had to get rid of a bunch of killers when we moved...now it is just a matter if re-breaking in my fall/winter shoes. my feet get SO used to sandals that anything with a closed toe makes them feel like they are going to fall off. it is not right.

and hether: i wish i felt that way! bunion city here i come.

kim said...

aww, thank you ;)

e$ said...

I can't see the picture!!

Sarah said...

i am a dolt. i forgot i made most of my shoe pics Private because of a seies of upsetting emails from a foot fetishist. now it should be up!

AmyD said...

Did you say FOOT FETISH? Ahaha! Wow, we online bloggers leave ourselves pretty open to, um, sickos, don't we?

As for the foot pain, I will hear none of that. No pain, no gain, baby!! As a matter of fact, I wore my walking-to-work flip flops almost half of the day yesterday because although I love them, my BCBG slingbacks were really hurting me. No shame, either, apparently! ;o)

Next time Adam brings up something like that, ask him why he and his friends all think it's cool to hit, push, and insult one another, cuz' I know that can't feel good, and they don't LOOK good in any way, shape, or form when they do it, either. Hrrmmp.

Oh, and what's with Jenny's blog? I'm a lurker there and love her site. WITHDRAWALS... *sigh* Ha!

Sarah said...

Adam plays hockey and comes home after every practice with some new ingury and yet he insists it is the most fun ever. so, shoes are my hockey!

as for jenny's site i have no idea...i am sure she will be back soon though!

Nicky said...

Foot fetish? LOL, you should've posted his e-mail messages. I could use a laugh. But...maybe I will re-think the blog I was going to post offering up some shoes up for sacrifice. One of my friends gave me 3 pairs of her "killer" shoes - which are ADORABLE and perfectly comfy on me. One woman's trash = another woman's treasure! I think we should recycle between ourselves, ladies.

Sarah said...

well, this girl sent me an invite to her yahoo group and said it was for ladies who love shoes and i thought it was women who love BUYING shoes but it was literally a barrage of explicit emails from and about women who really enjoy the pain of wearing really high heels. i mean ENJOY. in the biblical sense.

i cant post that shizz here but i would be happy to forward you along a sample if i can find them.

Nicky said...

OMG. A foot masochist club? I have never heard of such a thing! I was under the impression it was a single shoe-sniffer guy sending you e-mails. Nevermind posting about it - don't want those people after you!
At Jazzercise, we have to take off our "outside" shoes and change into our gym sneakers inside the building so that we don't ruin the hardwood floors (or get them wet and dirty). However, we had to stop leaving our "outdoor shoes" in the lobby due to a foot-fetish guy. He kept sneaking in, stealing shoes, and whisking them quietly out the door while we were working out. Creepy. Now we have shoe racks INSIDE our work-out room.

Sarah said...

too late: i myspaced you a sample email. get psyched!

Amanda* said...

*sigh* I *heart* cute shoes. My current job is more of a sneakers kind of place, but lately I have been thinking of "excuses" for buying more cute shoes.

Which reminds me, I should post a picture of the shoes I bought for my roommates' wedding, because they are just loverly, I gotta say. :-)

And I agree that men don't get to give us a hard time about shoes that hurt us until they stop participating in activities that require protective gear for their gentle parts.

Anonymous said...

god i miss shoes. i MISS THEM! all my cute heels, just waiting for me to wear and i can't do it. so that means all you ladies have to wear cute shoes FOR me. i will oohhh and aawweee at them while i walk around in my chucks waiting for my ankle to quit being swollen and half broken. i'm going on over 2 months of not a single pair of cute shoes, can you imagine? technically i went over a month with wearing but one shoe, but that is neither here nor there. <3 danielle - the shoeless wonder

joe sheehan said...

I would have said the exact same thing as Adam, let the man know he's not alone.

And 2 thumbs up for using "mollified", a Kreinsen word I believe. Or SAT word. Whatever, I still love my 7th grade vocab level.

Sarah said...

KREINSEN! i still cringe a little when i see a binder.

and danielle. chuck taylor got to get paid, son.

Caity said...

That is CRAZY. I thought of Kreinsen TODAY. One of my kids brought in an erasable pen and it brought me back to her list of supplies, including but not limited to erasable pens and .... THE BINDER!

P.S. I often hit Rock Bottom followed by Crate and Barrel, but I just can't get through the day in uncomfy shoes. Luckily my 8-year olds don't care what I have on my feet! :)

Variant E said...

Funny! Although I'm not dumb enough to actually blurt out the comment Adam did, I do stop to wonder: If men are so oblivious, why do women bother to wear painful shoes that we obviously are too dense to appreciate. Is it more the female competition factor? How about a universal female cease fire where you can all universally agree to back down to a level of comfortable shoes and all still feel good about looking fabulous? I know; we just don't get it...