Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Whatever the question, shoes are the answer!

It was a sauna down in the basement, only it wasn't filled with aging, half-naked men drooling about some hoochie mama they saw walking down the street. Instead, there were hundreds of shoe-crazed women filling their baskets with whatever size and color they could find. Row after row of espadrilles, pumps, slides, flip flops, strappy stilettos and mules.

Of course I'm talking about day one of the infamous Army & Navy annual shoe sale. Masterful shoppers know how to prepare for the crowds; they wear comfortable, lightweight clothing, slip on shoes and if one must, a handbag although, backpacks are preferable. Cell phones are always handy to report that "got to have" shoe to girlfriends, sisters and mothers who aren't able or willing to go to battle.

One often hears, "It's not the right size, but it's such a good deal, I'll make it work". What's up with that? Flopping around in oversized shoes or worse, squeeeezing one's feet into shoes that are too small - I can see all the podiatrists around the world cringing at the thought. Thinking again, perhaps they see their pockets weighing more, daydreaming about all the potential patients they could have. How many women have closets full of shoes that they don't wear because they don't fit properly, are uncomfortable or just plain ugly (purchased at a moment of weakness), but own them because they were "on sale"? I was once a victim, but no more...

Today I found kismet sitting on the shelf and calling out my name. They were exactly what I was NOT looking for, but one doesn't know that until they find it. I felt like Cinderella as I slipped my feet into these Dr. Scholl wannabes by Franco Sarto. My perfectly pedicured Barbie pink toes looked beeeyoootiful embraced by these 6 1/2 black denim slides! As I walked up and down the aisles looking for love in all the wrong places, I found nothing else that I fancied. These shoes were destined to be mine, all mine! Fabulous shoes at bargain basement prices; can life get any sweeter?