January 12, 2006

these goddamned shoes

I'm a hiking-boots-wearing girl. Not because I especially enjoy hiking boots, their tan/brown faux-suede facade delighting all who lay eyes on them - no, it's because I'm really bad with shoes. Let me be more specific: I am really horrible at shopping for shoes.

I own three pairs of shoes (one pair being a set of Adidas flip-flops) because I am, apparently, incapable of finding anything to my liking at any of the many shoe shops in the greater Los Angeles area. Before these hiking shoes (purchased for a trip to Sequoia NP last summer), a pair of VANS had been my staple-shoe for the last four or five years. I wore them almost daily for those years, and only recently retired them after a hole had started to emerge in the sole. I still wouldn't have retired them, but my boyfriend sort of shamed me into it.

I have, on several occasions, gone out with the SPECIFIC INTENT to purchase a pair of reasonable shoes - a nice pair of sneakers, preferably. But I go into the VANS store or to Big 5 Sporting Goods or to the SKETCHERS at CityWalk and I just want to wretch the choices are so bad. I don't care what they think, I do NOT want a pair of pink sneakers! And no fucking glitter either, you shoe-manufacturer bastards! Why can't I find the same exact pair of dark-blue, thick-soled, suede VANS? They were so nice!

So I'm left with, as I mentioned above, THREE pairs of shoes: 1) the hiking boots, 2) the flip-flops, and 3) the nice black fake-leather heeled shoes I bought for job interviews and my brother's wedding back in the summer of '03. I don't know what I was thinking, buying something with a heel. But I was suffering through severe depression at the time, so I blame it on that.

This morning, in a brief spell of, well, stupidity (I kid myself, this stupidity thing is nothing new!), I decided that I didn't want to wear my light-brown hiking boots with my off-white pants and black long-sleeved t-shirt (as I usually would, eschewing any facade of pretending to care about what I wear or look like). No, today the black heeled shoes came out to play with me. And I should have known better.

These shoes are typically reserved for when I want to impress - which is almost never - but they came out briefly this last year for Thanksgiving at Erik's house, and perhaps for one of our earlier dates. I'm not sure, though. Neither of these times did I have an opportunity to do a lot walking around. I do a whole lotta sitting, generally, and I maybe stand occasionally.

But walking is something generally reserved for work. Which is where I am NOW. In these STUPID BLACK HEELED SHOES. And they HURT LIKE FUCK. I can feel the big, gross blister forming on the ball of my left foot - right where the ball meets the heel. Oh, it is unpleasant! Oh, how I won't be making this mistake again!

posted by julie at January 12, 2006 10:55 AM

things people have said

so is it true that women or some vain men endure pain just to look good ?

so said: charles at January 12, 2006 11:58 AM

I think I can say, from my very limited experience, that yes - yes they do. Though I am just enduring the pain because I am stupid. While the heels make me look about, oh, an inch or two taller, it does nothing to make me actually look better, imo.

so said: julie at January 12, 2006 12:13 PM

Yeah, I understand this completely. I have about 20 pairs of footwear of various types and styles. I wear approximately 4 pairs on a regular basis, 3 of which are Converse all-stars. I like the *idea* of wearing the other pretty shoes, but when push comes to shove, trekking around London quickly evolves into limping around London if one isn't careful. That just ain't fun. I have a pair of leather shell-toed Adidas Superstar trainers that I got in Copenhagen 4 years ago and those are the best shoes I've ever owned. I am in search of new ones these days and I'd like to get this type again. I recommend them for you, too! They come in different colours.

so said: Rachel at January 16, 2006 04:03 AM

"They come in different colours"


so said: Erik at January 16, 2006 10:48 AM

Oh, yeah. Colors. :-) I'm being brainwashed!

so said: Rachel at January 20, 2006 07:07 AM

it's all about trail runners (sneaker version of a hiking boot)! fuck pretty shoes that hurt!! trail runners!!! and birkenstocks!! my pretty "black work shoes" are black patent leather birkenstock clogs, and i look like minnie mouse, my feet don't hurt, and i'm still a freak, but somehow i fit in with that office look, maybe like 7% more now. fuck those lame shoes, i say, pardon my frrrench. (but you started it...) :)

so said: erin at January 25, 2006 09:12 AM

if you end up reading this:
try a nice pair of flats ...very comfy. oh and if the dress shoes are from payless you shouldn't have a prob -i've always found them comfortable. and there are payless' in LA and they look better than hiking shoes/boots and feel better than your heels for nice occasions. so keep the hiking boots for hiking and dump the heels, unless of course your super picky

so said: amy at February 8, 2006 09:49 PM