October 5 09

so, the real question here (other than the obvious ‘where’s my bloody tan?’ and ‘why in the hell is my hair so damn BIG?’) is, well, what’s your poison here…is it the pretty, pretty personal trainer man or the beautiful, beautiful shoe?


The lovely Anissa and I had the pleasure of drooling at attending the Wine, Women & Shoes event benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. It was such a lovely event, even if the only thing I could afford to do was feel the softness of the way-too-out-of-my-budget shoes and explain to the personal trainers why I didn’t already have a trainer.

But here’s the thing with me and shoes.

(don’t hate me)

I like them. oh, yes, I like them. BUT, like 99.9% of the female population, I don’t loooove them. I mean, I probably would love shoes, if I could have a $40,000 Carrie Bradshaw collection and not feel guilty about buying names like Choo, or Louboutin or Blahnik.


(that is the fabulous @katmalone holding up her @jimmy_choo)

Instead, my mind automatically thinks frugally…and I’m all mom-like, “do you know how many hours I have to work to afford $700 shoes?!??!” and “do you know how many other ways I could spend that $700?” and “I could get myself a fake tan and good product to make my hair less giant and pay for that personal trainer”

so, yes, last summer, when my sister’s friend Ilka arrived with a bag o’ Jimmy Choo


after I pet them and fondled them and sniffed them…I realized that I would totally be kicked out of the SHOE RELIGION. I mean, I get why women love shoes. I understand what a pair of heels does to a woman’s body and legs and ass. I spend many a night nursing my aching feet from hours of walking around in uncomfortable shoes simply to look good (or to appear taller than I am. Hi, I’m Ali. I am a midget). I get that shoes look beautiful on a woman of ANY size, so when women feel un-skinny, shoes still make them look good. I get these things. Totally get.

but, you see, I NEVER notice a person’s shoes. EVER. I notice a woman’s hair, her clothing, her makeup, her purse, her jewels, pretty much everything, but my eyes never wander all the way down to the shoe area. and if they do, I probably couldn’t tell you if they bought those shoes for $50 or $500. And I am way more inclined to ask you where you got your shapewear than where you got your shoes (because I am KLASSY) or where you got your camera strap or your headband or your cardigan or your necklace or your jeans.

and to be honest with you…I live in Canada, where for ten months of the year shoes are called BOOTS. and also? I get more compliments on a pair of fake leather purple shoes that I bought at Old Navy for less than $20 than I do on any other of the 75 pairs of shoes in my closet.

So, that’s that. there’s my confession to you. Oh, and while we are confessing…I don’t know anything about wine either, but that’s an entirely different post.

We can still be friends, right?

  1. I love clothes. I will spend $200 on jeans. But I cannot bring myself to spend more than $100 on anything but clothes. Steve Madden is my best friend. Don’t tell anyone.:)

    Comment by Kaleigha on October 5, 2009
  2. Dude. I can’t get past your tan. LOL

    Here I thought I was an albino. Place me beside those two and I’ll be damn near translucent.

    I can’t bring myself to even spend more than 40 bucks on a pair of shoes – unless they’re boots and even they can’t be more than 100 bucks.

    Comment by sam {temptingmama} on October 5, 2009
  3. I’m the same way!

    I cannot fathom spending a lot on shoes, especially if they aren’t comfortable. I like cute shoes, but I also know that I can find cute ones at Target and Zappos and other places for like 1/2 the price.

    And now I’m old and really am all about comfort.

    Comment by Kristabella on October 5, 2009
  4. I do notice people’s shoes, always have, but that’s only because you can tell a lot about a person by the type of shoe they wear. It has nothing to do with the price tag, because I wouldn’t know an expensive shoe from a cheap one. I mean, I buy mine from Payless or Target.

    I don’t know anything about wine, either.

    Comment by C @ Kid Things on October 5, 2009
  5. I can’t walk in heels. But if I could? I’d loooveeeeee shoes.

    Comment by Maria on October 5, 2009
  6. We can still be friends, for sure. That being said, I hope it’s okay that I will wear the same jeans, same earrings, and same jacket over and over but am appalled at the idea of my wearing the same shoes two days in a row. :o)


    Comment by heidikins on October 5, 2009
  7. You’re so cute.

    Comment by Margo on October 5, 2009
  8. I notice shoes but I also know that really hot shoes can be purchased for well under $100.

    And if they’re above $150? They better be as comfortable as flip flops. And maybe make me fly or have some other awesome superpower.

    Comment by ClassyFabSarah on October 5, 2009
  9. I’m with you on the shoe thing, especially being in Canada. Right now I am struggling to find casual shoes for my very casual office that I can wear socks with! Most stores just think that flats = casual shoes. BAH.
    .-= Julienne´s last blog ..Finding my faith รขโ‚ฌโ€œ part two. =-.

    Comment by Julienne on October 5, 2009
  10. Do Anissa and the personal trainer guy have the same hairdo?

    Comment by Avitable on October 5, 2009
  11. To tell you the truth at first I didn’t even see the shoe!

    Comment by gila on October 5, 2009
  12. I can barely step into heels, so to think about walking in them? Forget about it. Just the thought gives me a back ache. That shoe up there? That’s a weapon, not for walking.

    Comment by foradifferentkindofgirl (fadkog) on October 5, 2009
  13. I’m sorry.

    All I got from this post is “Jimmy Choo is on Twitter”. And then I left to go see if you could have sex with a twitter page.

    (BTW – no. So far…)

    Comment by Miss Britt on October 5, 2009
  14. I will make a horrible confession to you (and the entire internet). My husband and I had our wedding registry at a huge department store. We returned most of the gifts, because realistically, we knew we’d be buying a house together and we’d need a big purchase (i.e. window coverings, appliances) more than we’d need new towels or dishes. We each got one mad-money purchase with our registry. And yes, mine were a pair of boots. The softest, sexiest, most amazing pair of boots. They were nowhere near $700, but worth every sinful penny. Otherwise I am a fairly basic girl when it comes to shoes. Rather than have 100s of pairs, I have a few that I love and wear the heck out of.

    Comment by Jen on October 5, 2009
  15. I love shoes. I love to buy shoes. The problem is, I don’t like to wear them. Flip flops? Skater shoes? Ballerina flats? Yes please! And as much as I love me some high heels, I can’t wear them for very long cause my feet hurt, and then the whole “I look sexy in high heels” thing turns into “there’s a really tall girl waddling around in heels, lets bet to see when she falls.”
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..To Do List. =-.

    Comment by Katie on October 5, 2009
  16. I’m so glad you don’t look at people’s shoes! I am not a shoe person either, I think I would be if money grew on trees but I’d rather spend it on something else than shoes. I don’t much about wine either! Hey, we can’t be perfect.
    .-= Betsy Mae´s last blog ..What would you do if…. =-.

    Comment by Betsy Mae on October 5, 2009
  17. I’m with you. I mean- I LIKE shoes. But I’m not obsessed with them. I have a few staple pairs- black heels, brown boots, white sandals, etc- and that’s about it. And if they cost more than $50 I’m pretty much having a heart attack. Me and Payless are BFFs.

    Comment by Jen on October 5, 2009
  18. Ok so I was going through many different blogs tonight and yours was the only one that I actually was interested enough to read. I literally laughed out loud reading it. I also NEVER look down at anyone shoes nor would I even know if they were Jimmy Choo’s or not nor would I care. Loved the post!!

    Comment by Christine on October 5, 2009
  19. I find this pretty funny, since your shoes are so cute when I’ve seen you.

    I’m pretty obsessed with shoes, so I’m just going to have to smile and nod here.

    Comment by Tutugirl on October 5, 2009
  20. I agree with Sarah that hot shoes can be purchased for well under $100.

    Comment by Hampers on October 6, 2009
  21. All those expensive shoes you’re talking about? I have Flintstone feet so I can’t wear them anyway. I live in Reef flip flops year ’round. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by alison on October 6, 2009
  22. We can still be buds, but the absolute FIRST THING I notice on a person is their footwear!
    But I’m totally not a shoe snob – I get all my shoes at TJMaxx or Marshalls.
    .-= TrenchesofMommyhood´s last blog ..Half Full =-.

    Comment by TrenchesofMommyhood on October 6, 2009
  23. confession….. on rosh hashana, sitting in shul, I checked out shoes and hats/headbands (flower and feather ones) almost the whole time. Even tapped a woman I didn’t know on the shoulder to tell her how adorable her kid’s feather headband looked.

    Comment by rayli on October 6, 2009
  24. oh and about wine, I never thought I cared if it was expensive or not till I had a glass of $40 wine. Once you have the better wine the rest aren’t worth drinking.

    Comment by rayli on October 6, 2009

    I know JACK about shoes. Shoes, in my books, come with laces and some thick rubber soles. I’m a sneakers kind of gal…my feet are as wide as fucking oars, so cute little sexy Choo shoes are out for me.

    The first time I met you, at that get-together party in that fancy shmancy building/restaurant/thing, I was wearing my beat up, worn out Vans sneaks and I thought for sure they’d throw me out on my ass because I wasn’t wearing some sort of heel. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Comment by mamatulip on October 6, 2009
  26. Twins!! Seriously. I mean, I have cute shoes, but they mostly come from Payless.

    Comment by Angella on October 6, 2009
  27. I am the exact same way. I NEVER notice shoes. EVER.
    I notice outfits, and hair.
    .-= Maya´s last blog ..Anatomy of a Fight =-.

    Comment by Maya on October 6, 2009
  28. $700!!!!! I’m with you.

    Comment by Mac & Cheese on October 6, 2009
  29. Ali, I had so much fun with you…you made not being able to afford a goddamn thing and mocking the eye candy so much more fun.

    and tell Adam that YES, I did ask that trainer where he got his hair done…and how he keeps it so shiny and bouncy. #snort

    Comment by Anissa@FreeAnissa on October 6, 2009
  30. It’s okay! I still love you. Wait…you still like Ed Harris, right? RIGHT?

    Comment by metalia on October 6, 2009
  31. I feel the same way about shoes. And it shows in my *maybe* four pairs total. I’d buy a few more if I had money but probably nothing fancier than Nine West.

    Comment by Vegas710 on October 6, 2009
  32. Damn. That is one pretty man. Not that I find him personally attractive…stop typing!

    Comment by Chris on October 7, 2009
  33. Not a shoe person here. I have a size 10 foot. I also have the world’s fugliest legs next to Hilary Clinton and cankles.

    NO shoe is going to look good on me so why obsess?

    Comment by Loralee on October 7, 2009

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