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25 April 2008

so today i left campus intending to go to barnes & noble, curl up in one of their cushy chairs with my ipod and a cup of tea and my book, and read for a few hours. but as i walked across the bridge from the parking lot to the bookstore, i noticed that the new DSW shoe store had opened right next door to B&N. now if you know me, you know i have a thing for shoes. and that’s putting it mildly. so naturally i had to wander into DSW and check out the offerings. and when i saw a pair of rocket dog flats with an orangy red and turquoise blue print (brooke you will love these shoes), i naturally had to try them on. and when i spent twenty minutes walking around the store in them and they proved to be comfortable and i loved their funky print even more–well, i naturally had to buy them. {on a side note: i did resist the gorgeous peep-toe winter white pumps in a distressed patent leather with a wide strap across the top of my arch with a funky big buckle and three-inch stacked heels; damn they were hard to leave behind!}

so buy them i did. and then i felt guilty. because i’m supposed to be paying off my credit cards and trying to do a better job of living within my means. i’m not supposed to be indulging my love of shoes.

i didn’t return them. i brought them home with me. and when i got home and looked at all the delicious shoes in my closet (and there are a lot of lovely shoes in my closet), i decided that i needed to be better. so i’m resolved:

resolution the first: i’ll not buy any new shoes for a year. the only exception is if a legitimate need arises (like i magically start exercising and my tennis shoes are worn out and hurt my feet; this is unlikely to happen because 1. i don’t exercise, except dancing; and 2. i got a new pair of tennis shoes last fall; i can conceive of wearing out my dancing shoes and i’m allowed to replace those if necessary).

resolution the second: in order to actually realize resolution the first, i’m not going to go into a shoe store or a shoe department unless i’m with someone else who needs to look at shoes (then i can help them spend their money on scrumptious shoes, which is almost as much fun as spending my own money on shoes).

resolution the third: although all of my shoes are wonderful, the reality is that there are some i simply don’t wear any longer. mostly because my tastes have changed. it’s time to purge shoes and let someone who can actually use them have them. if you wear a size ten, let me know if you want to take a look before i send them off to good will.

i’ll report periodically so you know if i’ve slipped up. but i swear i’m not going to. no shoes for me for a whole year.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. 25 April 2008 3:33 pm

    Amy- I wear a 10. Can I please please look before Good Will has them? I kind of never spend money on shoes, even though I like them a lot. I always buy second hand and most of my shoes are at least 3-5 years old. I would love some new second hand shoes. =)

  2. 25 April 2008 4:03 pm

    definitely. i’ll try to put them in a bag or box in my trunk so you can check them out next week when we get together. flats? heels? casual? dress? all of the above?i have so many shoes that none of them except my very most favorite get worn out, so they should all be in really good condition. i’m so glad you might be able to use some of them.

  3. 25 April 2008 9:47 pm

    I wear a 10, but obviously I’m not local. But I think it’s a good thing to do what you’re doing.

  4. 25 April 2008 11:10 pm

    Damn, you are funny. It’s funny because it’s true. I thoroughly enjoyed this post.

  5. 25 April 2008 11:13 pm

    And I’m dying to see those shoes. The ones that drove you to this resolution with their irresistibility.

  6. 26 April 2008 3:10 pm

    Wish I wore a 10 (which might look a bit funny on my short frame)! If I did, I’d drive “over” to get some!

  7. 27 April 2008 1:50 pm

    Going public with the resolution is the first step! (or at least one of them) Good luck!

  8. 28 April 2008 7:53 am

    New blog series idea: Goodbye pictures of shoes, as you decide they’re not staying with you.

  9. 28 April 2008 8:37 am

    Wow…good thing I live across the country because I don’t think I could talk you out of a new pair if you “needed” them…”need” has lots of meanings you know!!

  10. 4 May 2008 1:46 pm

    A brave resolution, Amy. I’ll try to help you curb your craving by inviting you to come shoe shopping with me sometime. :)

  11. 4 May 2008 1:47 pm

    oops, I meant invite you to come along with me as I go shoe shopping.

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