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The Evolution of a Shoe Obsession

I have 27 pairs of shoes here with me in Virginia, and that doesn’t count flip-flops or sneakers.  When I was cleaning my room the other day, and therefore organizing my closet, I couldn’t help but notice there is a sort of trend when it comes to my high heel collection.  They are fabulous, and also somewhat costly.  As with most things, it all started with my first pair.

Stuart Weitzman wrapup, in black satin.  These were purchased way back in 2004 prior to a summer filled of weddings.  Back then I was just finishing my Freshman year of college and my dad had given me $200 to purchase a dress and new pair of shoes.  I found these shoes first, and was more than willing to shell out $150 for them and then find a $50 dress.  Full ensemble here.  I was so in love with these shoes, that I fell down my basement stairs and almost broke my ankle wearing them around the house.  So pretty, but a killer on the feet after a few hours.

The next summer while shopping in Philadelphia I procured my second pair of designer heels, and omg are they gorgeous.

PRADA Raso Ricamo Diamond.  The curved studded heel, the jewels across the toe, the less than 4 inch high heel, I still die for these.  These were a gift from one of my mother’s boyfriend’s in an effort to buy my affection.  It worked.  A few weeks later he also bought me a car, but that’s neither here nor there*.

Sometime during my junior year of college I decided it was perfectly acceptable to splurge on a “holiday” shoe and wound up with these Stuart Weitzman platforms.

With a name like “Charcoal Twinkle Tweed,” how can you say no?  You can’t tell in the picture, but yes there actually is a slight sparkle to these lovelies.  These are probably the most comfortable 4 inch heel that I own, and I’ve wandered through the streets of Philadelphia in these with no problem, well once band aids have been strategically placed in blister prone areas that is.

The next addition to my collection was courtesy of my mom, thanks to my obsessive stalking of a Neiman Marcus sale.  They were marked down 50% a month prior to Christmas in 2007, and my mom knew how much I loved them.  Imagine my excitement when they showed up under the tree Christmas morning.  Also, I am of the belief that every girl should own at least one pair of Manolo Blahnik’s.

True story, Carrie actually wore these exact shoes in the Sex and the City movie during Charlotte’s bridal shower at her apartment.  Yeah that’s right, I’m that stylish.  These are my go-to dressy heel for almost everything, including my 23rd birthday party when I got caught in a sidewalk crack and nearly ruined the heel.  Thank god for shoe repair saviors.

A shoe that doesn’t get nearly enough wear from me, is my fuschia patent Cole Haan slingbacks.  I bought these on a whim back in 2009 to go with a grey dress, whole outfit can be seen here, but because they are bright pink I don’t wear them nearly as much as I wish.  They are part of the Cole Haan/Nike Air line, so they are amazingly comfortable, I need to break these out more.

The latest addition to my collection of designer footwear is the pair of Burberry wedges I gifted myself as a 26th birthday present.

These aren’t technically a “heel” so I don’t know if they count, but I love them.  Especially since they are a wedge which makes them infinitely more comfortable.  I have a few other pairs of heels in my arsenal, but those are much more practical price wise and label wise.  I still love all of my shoes though.  Don’t even get me started on my Tory Burch Reva’s or countless paris of knee-high boots 🙂

So there you have it, the evolution of my obsession with designer shoes.  Now, if someone wants to buy me these for Christmas, I wouldn’t be opposed. Just kidding, even I know that’s an insane amount of money to spend on a pair of shoes.

Workout yesterday was 50 minutes on the elliptical while watching Titanic, haha, followed by abs and some inverted yoga crap that makes me feel like a bad ass.  Tonight, is dinner with Steph and I am sooooo excited! Hopefully we can talk more about organic cucumbers and things of such nature.  The fam arrives tomorrow which means there is an absurd amount of grocery shopping and food prep that needs to be done.  Happy Thursday!

*I am aware how spoiled and bratty this post makes me look.  It is what it is, I’m really not though, and this was all for silly fun because like I said, I’ve been boring myself lately. I just like pretty shoes.  Also, it should be noted that said car was eventually purchased from that boyfriend.

Friday, Plus me being bratty

Can we all just take a minute and laugh at my boyfriend today?  Why you ask?  Well because he is leaving the lovely 70-80 degree temps of the East Coast for this:

He is going to Calgary for the wedding of one of his good friends, and the weather is looking less than summer like.  I told him at least he would get to use his new snow boots that he decided to buy in April.  If I weren’t so poor I’d actually be off to Calgary today too, but sadly a flight was out of my budget :(.  Have fun at the wedding babe, and um please let me know that you did in fact make all your flights!

Physical therapy was rough last night, I am so incredibly sore today.  After the usual crap, I spent 30 minutes on the treadmill.  It went like this.

  • 5 min 2.5 incline 3.2 mph
  • 5 min 3.5 incline 3.8 mph
  • 5 min 5.5 incline 4.2 mph
  • 15 min 2.5 incline 5.5-6.0 mph (oh yes that’s a run!)
  • 5 min cool down

I have come to the conclusion that running at a 2.5 incline is a form of torture.  Now despite the fact that I haven’t really run since January, I ran 2 miles enough times during February and March that I know I can run for 15 minutes straight.  By the end of this 15 min at that incline though, I was exhausted and very ready to get off the treadmill.  Granted this run came after an hour and a half of other exercises, but still.  I really want to get out tomorrow for a jog to prove to myself that I am not as out of shape as I seem when running at PT.

Unfortunately, my left IT Band was feeling bad last night (that’s not the one I’m in PT for btw) so I rolled it out with my foam roller and it is feeling better today, but my right knee is kind of sore.  Honestly I was expecting that after yesterday, but that familiar twinge of pain when going up and down stairs and walking is quite annoying.  Hopefully after a day of rest and Ibuprofen today it will feel better tomorrow.

After two hours of exercise, I was starving, exhausted, and craving Chik-Fil-A.  Lucky for me the two things are close together.  I decided to reward myself for my hard work :).

Yummy grilled chicken sandwich with the honey mustard sauce.

And of course some waffle fries.  I love Chik-fil-a, it’s one of the few fast foods I don’t feel guilty eating, plus it is delicious.  I watched Vampire Diaries, and then I’m pretty sure I was asleep by 9:45, grandma alert.

I’m getting my hair did tomorrow morning in the city, and I cannot wait!  I haven’t had a hair cut since November, yikes!  I have a feeling my fabulous and flamboyant hair dresser is not going to be happy with me.  I think my sis is coming with me to get in some sisterly bonding, and shopping.  Um has anyone else not gotten their mother’s anything yet for Mother’s Day?  No, just us?  Ok, cool.  Luckily my hair salon is located in the heart of shopping heaven, and I might have to pop into Burberry to see if they have the bathing suit I want :).

Cute right?  I have a weakness for plaid, and Burberry.  On Sunday we are having a BBQ at my house for Mother’s Day, so that should be fun!  Happy Friday everyone, have a great weekend, what are your Mother’s Day plans?