Sexy Shoes Redux

Last night, I was shopping for a pair of black shoes to go with a dress that is very Sexy Secretary. I saw these and fell instantly in love.

I flipped them over to check the price, and that's when the heart palpitations really started. They cost $275. I had three other shoe styles in my hands so I figured there would be no harm in trying on the pricey pair since I was sure one of the others would work out.

That didn't happen. A pair of peeptoe wedges similar to the ones above didn't have a platform, so weren't very comfortable. A pair of slingback peeptoe wedges made flip-flop noises when I walked. A pair of platform pumps with a wide, stacked heel were too wobbly to walk in. These shoes, the shoes that cost $275, were perfect. First, they are so sexy, I want make sweet, sweet love to myself when I am wearing them. Second, they have just the right amount of platform, making them just the right height and easy to walk in. Last, they are so comfortable.

I kept them on for a long time while I texted and tweeted and agonized over spending that much money on a pair of shoes. One of the reasons against buying them was that I had recently bought these slingback peeptoe wedges for a mere $30. In the end, I decided to try the shoes I already owned with the Sexy Secretary dress I had just bought, but I thought about those $275 shoes all night! I wanted them so much.

This morning, I tried the dress on for my husband and put on the shoes I already owned. They looked nice with the dress. I haven't worn the shoes yet so I planned to wear them to work today to make sure they will be ok for the event I'm attending. I wore them around the house while I was getting ready. That is when I discovered they make flip-flop sounds.



I asked my husband if he would mind if I paid $275 for a pair of shoes. He would never tell me I can't buy something, but we'd had a recent discussion about this. Of course he said he didn't mind. To make both of us, mostly me, feel better I said I would not get the tattoo I was planning to get for my birthday and for getting down to 199 lbs. That tattoo would have cost easily $600. So, in reality, I saved us a whole bunch of money when I bought these shoes on the way home from work tonight.

Elizabeth and James "Hali" suede platform wedges

Please note that if you run into me, there is a 50% chance I will be wearing those jeans. I love them.

My shoes are not knock-offs, but they were cheap.

I bought these shoes a few months ago for $60. I wrote about them in a post titled "The Look For Less: Woven Leather Wedges and Black Leather Booties," which was about cheap alternatives to pricey shoes I coveted.


So, imagine my surprise when I discovered that there is a cheaper alternative to my cheap alternative. Seriously, other brands are knocking off Candies now? This seems ridiculous to me, even though these knock-offs are half the price of the Candies. So, if you want these shoes for $27, you can get them at Target, by Mossimo. I also saw them under a different name for the same price at Off Broadway Shoes.


Three Months After Gastric Bypass

As of today, I am down 41 lbs. I forgot to take my measurements at the beginning of the month, so I'll just wait until next month. I hate doing it. Those numbers are meaningless to me. I care more about the size of the clothes I wear. Right now, I am all 2s: 2X tops and size 22 pants. I am down one size in tops and two sizes in pants.

I actually have a lot of pants that fit me right now. I'm not quite sure how that happened. I have a pair of black chinos, a pair of black slacks, a pair of black jeans, and two pairs of blue jeans. The black jeans are are the only ones I can wear with flat shoes. All of the other pants have to be worn with tall shoes (read: four-inch platform wedges). This poses a bit of a problem since I am leaving in a few days to go to a conference that will entail five days of WALKING. I will probably buy another pair of jeans that I can wear with flat shoes. I can't remember the last time I owned six pairs of pants, all in the same size, that fit me well.

Related: I must stop spending so much money on clothes. I am going to have wait until I am in 18s to buy new clothes again.

The Look for Less: Woven Leather Wedges and Black Leather Booties

Yesterday on The Pioneer Woman, she mentioned a site called Polyvore and, in one of the screenshots, there were these Givenchy woven leather wedges. I was instantly in love, but it is the kind of love I have for Brad Pitt (unattainable), not the kind of love I have for my husband (attained). These shoes cost $1,190. Look, I'll drop $100 on a pair without blinking, but paying ten times that? No. Still, I love them.


I had a little bit of time between my orthodontist appointment and picking up the girls from daycare, so I stopped in at Kohl's to see if I could find a few inexpensive shirts to replace the ones in my closet that are beginning to look like tents on me. What I found were the Candie's Vivien Platform Wedge Sandal. They didn't give me the same tinglies in my lady parts, but they are cute and comfortable and only cost $60. I actually bought them in Blush, not Cognac, as shown here.


If you have been following my shoe adventures on Twitter, you will know that I recently purchased these Kelsi Dagger Wilma booties on Piperlime, but they are a half size too big and out of stock in the size I need. (Extra sad because they are on clearance for $75, down from $150.)


I ordered some insert thingies to try to make them work but, in the meantime, I figured I would see if I could find a pair of shoes at Kohl's that would work instead. I found the Rath Platform Wedges from Simply Vera by Vera Wang. They suite my purposes perfectly, are easier to walk in, and are the same price as the booties, so the booties are going back.