My bestfriend Fe and I have always had a thing for shoes. Shoe sales in Glorietta or Megamall would cause us to do a 180 degree turn and literally stop dead on our tracks. We loved to browse through the shoes of JOSE and VIA VENNETTO sale or no sale, and we always oohed and ahhhed at the new lines as we walked the malls. We believed that a shoe was always a good investment because it was part of dressing up.
An impending trip (finally) to Paris end of this month has me looking for the proper footwear to help me traipse through the sights of the City of Lights. Except for the summer months when I slip into different slippers and mules depending on what my mood is or what I’m wearing, my footwear for the fall and winter months is pretty staid. I limit myself basically to loafers, pumps, slingbacks and dress boots. I own only 1 pair of sneakers which I bought practically four years ago, and only so I can wear something to the gym. This was the pair that walked me through the Freedom Trail of Boston three years ago.
As I was pregnant during the fall and winter of 2003 and eventually 2004, I didn’t really do much in the wardrobe department (shoe-wise or apparel-wise) except to purchase items that catered to the expecting mom I was. With my swollen feet, my new purchases were wide mules which helped my bloated feet carry my very pregnant body.
After giving birth and going back to work, I invested in two pairs of leather shoes which I keep in their individual boxes under my desk. They are the type of shoes I wouldn’t walk outside in and which I definitely wouldn’t walk the streets of Paris in either.
Over the weekend I purchased two pairs of footwear with the primary goal of keeping my feet in tiptop shape when I walk the Parisien scene. I’d be the first to admit I don’t really know much about sneakers, very much unlike a friend who can talk to you about the different Nike models and styles and even give you a lecture on the evolution of this shoe line through the years. I do think I have a good sense of what I wanted — it would have to be something in red, orange, olive or some such different color. I’m done with white sneakers.
On the way out of Macy’s I chanced upon their “last few pairs” rack and spied a reasonably attractive red pair of sneakers. $19.95 caught my eye.. forget about the brand. I think they were cool. I may sound ultra ignorant, but I had never heard of Pony as a sneaker brand until I bought that pair this Saturday. Today (Sunday) I wore them and found them very comfortable. So comfortable in fact that I totally disregarded the fact that while I thought I was a 7 1/2, I actually got an 8 1/2 this time. And yes, it was so comfortable it became my standard for getting walking sandals from easy spirit the next day.
This time I did get a 7 1/2, but I got a beige pair of sandals which didn’t quite look like sandals but actually felt like sandals on your feet. I think this pair would do me good during the flight and while walking through Paris, too.
So now I have two pairs to lug to the City of Lights. Now if only the French Consulate here in New York would be so kind as to give me my visa.