Shoe Snob? Yes, indeed.

I have a feeling that I am slowly killing off any chance of maintaining the male readers of this blog. I told Tom maybe I should start my own blog, even. This post is so “American consumerism”-esque, that it should be really embarrassing. Having said that, let’s dive into the good stuff: SHOES. And this blog has pictures. oh yes, I’m getting excited just thinking about it. *shivers down my spine* I love shoes. I just love them. Tom says I have too many. I say a girl can never have too many. NEVER. What does a guy know about women’s footwear anyway? (I just know Tom is laughing as he reads this and thinking, “A guy knows how annoying it is to hear a girl complain about how much her feet hurt from the heels she just had to wear to church,  the movies, a party, a wedding, or any other event where she has to keep her shoes on for more than an hour.”)

Well, I don’t have a pair of red pumps yet, and that’s definitely a sign that the personal shoe collection in our closet is incomplete. I’ve been on the hunt for a good pair of red pumps for ages, and I think I’ve settled on “the ones.”  They are shown below.

Ok, I just need a disclaimer here because I am aware that I don’t work in the fashion industry. I can’t afford the really expensive designers, and I don’t have a fashion degree. But I most definitely am a shoe snob. I have opinions, like anyone else. We all have certain things we zero in on and notice.  You might not like the things I like, and that’s okay with me! Don’t be offended because I am aware that within all styles, there are some exceptions. And there are some “trendy” things out there right now that are just UGLY to me.  I don’t get how they are in style. I mean, I look at the gladiator style and think, “she is going to regret that look in 5 years.” Some of those style heels are okay, but mostly, I just hate them. A lady came by my work with her son the other day, and she looked awesome, and she was wearing gladiator style sandals. I couldn’t believe it; I liked them. On her. It would look awful on me and most people. Of course, she’s married to a famous guy, so she happens to be a gorgeous lady who can pull off most looks. Don’t know what the gladiator look is? Here are some ideas:

Tall Gladiator Sandals
Tall Gladiator Sandals
Gladiator Style Heels
Gladiator Style Heels

A few other things I don’t love or even understand right now?

Nothing about this is good.
Nothing about this is good.
You can find a larger picture of this nastiness at the Bebe website.
You can find a larger picture of this nastiness at the Bebe website.
When I look at this, I just feel like it is coming out of the Scooby Doo cartoon.
When I look at this, I just feel like it is coming out of the Scooby Doo cartoon.
This is like a bad combination between a heel and the bottom of a little girl's tennis shoes.
This is like a bad combination between a heel and the bottom of a little girl’s tennis shoes.

I’m done hating. Now it’s time to show the love. Because, as I said, I LOVE SHOES. Here are a few faves:

Kate Spade made this gorgeous shoe called Gracious. About sums it up. LOVE it.
Kate Spade made this gorgeous shoe called Gracious. About sums it up. LOVE it.
I think these shoes, by Aldo, are just so pretty. And I LOVE them in lilac with the alligator texture. They are called Arnoldoa.  Oh my goodness. WANT.
I think these shoes, by Aldo, are just so pretty. These are the red pumps I love. And I LOVE them in lilac with the alligator texture. They are called Arnoldoa. Oh my goodness. WANT.
I love these ruffled sandals by Steve Madden. They're called Motif, and they come in all the colors shown below it. Could be dressy or casual, look comfy, and are cute. Very nice.
I love these ruffled sandals by Steve Madden. They’re called Motif, and they come in all the colors shown below it. Could be dressy or casual, look comfy, and are cute. Very nice.
I think these boots are kind of pirate-y, but I love them. They come in some really great colors, and the way they slink down looks as though it would be flattering on the leg. They look comfy too because the heel isn't too high. I bet these would look awesome with a dress or skinny jeans.  Steve Madden makes them: Legion.
I think these boots are kind of pirate-y, but I love them. They come in some really great colors, and the way they slink down looks as though it would be flattering on the leg. They look comfy too because the heel isn’t too high. I bet these would look awesome with a dress or skinny jeans. Steve Madden makes them: Legion.
I feel cozy just looking at these (Steve Madden again, these are called Powdered.) It makes me want late fall or winter just so I can own and wear these. I love the color too.
I feel cozy just looking at these (Steve Madden again, these are called Powdered.) It makes me want late fall or winter just so I can own and wear these. I love the color too.
These shoes, called Kailani and made by Chinese Laundry, just look one tier above casual. Like Dressy-Casual. And comfy. So cute.
These shoes, called Kailani and made by Chinese Laundry, just look one tier above casual. Like Dressy-Casual. And comfy. So cute.
Another Kate Spade creation, these are called Guest. And they're so cute. I just want to call them mine. How great would they look with some cute jeans?
Another Kate Spade creation, these are called Guest. And they’re so cute. I just want to call them mine. How great would they look with some cute jeans?
Be still my heart. I love animal print. And these ballet flats by Ann Taylor are so cute! I like the black ones too. But the leopard print are called the Perfect Haircalf Flat. *Sigh*
Be still my heart. I love animal print. And these ballet flats by Ann Taylor are so cute! I like the black ones too. But the leopard print are called the Perfect Haircalf Flat. *Sigh*
The Perfect Tweed Platform Pump, by Ann Taylor, is awesome. I mean, it's not too dark, not too light in color (meaning it can go with a lot more outfits), it's modest enough for the workplace, and it's still sexy. Gotta love a shoe that says, "I'm here to work and look good doing it." These could also look cute outside the workplace, but that's where my mind went first.
The Perfect Tweed Platform Pump, by Ann Taylor, is awesome. I mean, it’s not too dark, not too light in color (meaning it can go with a lot more outfits), it’s modest enough for the workplace, and it’s still sexy. Gotta love a shoe that says, “I’m here to work and look good doing it.” These could also look cute outside the workplace, but that’s where my mind went first.

I think I’ve done it. Every last guy who ever looked at this blog has gone screaming in the other direction and will probably not return. Oh well. I had shoes on the brain. And this is my outlet. Either that or boring Tom with shoe talk when what we’re really saving for is furniture. And honestly, it’s more fun for me to imagine my girlfriends checking out these shoes.

So, any thoughts? I would love to hear what styles you are into right now (for me, bows and other decorative items on shoes have caught my attention as well as fun colors and prints), or what you’re hating. Feel free to disagree with my opinions. You might look fabulous in gladiator sandals or plum-dyed suede shoes from the 60’s and 70’s.  Or maybe you aren’t a shoe snob. Maybe your thing is earrings? Necklaces? Shirts? Pants? Cars? Jeans? Furniture?  I would love to hear about it!

~Meghan, Shoe Snob Extraordinaire

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