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March 26th

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Do these look like the heels of a woman who:

1. Preaches simplicity and has given away half of her belongings in the last six months?

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2. Should not be acquiring new things, if for no other reason she is just about 7 feet tall in these things?

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3. Had shock waves rammed into her foot Friday morning, fully embarrassing herself by crying and acting like a child in pain?

3a. Should be wearing tennis shoes with the ever-so-sexy orthotics?

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4. Who rode her bike 10-plus miles* to the mall to buy them, after seeing them the day before — having regretted putting them back?

Or do these simply look like the heels of a woman who is complicated, contradictory and loves a great pair of shoes?

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Amen.

~K

* Dear Drivers of the Greater Phoenix Area: FOR THE LOVE OF GOD — WATCH FOR CYCLISTS. The very little I cycling I do still terrifies me to no end by the complete and total disregard for cyclists on the roads. In three hours of riding, I was nearly hit 4 times. And by “nearly hit” I mean either I or the driver had to slam on brakes to prevent contact.

In the middle of the day.

When I was in the right.

PAY ATTENTION TO THE PEOPLE ON BICYCLES PEOPLE.

{rant over.}

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22 Responses

  1. None of us fits a mold, even if we wish we did. this is what’s lovely about people (and life). complicated is what i love (about YOU!). purdy shoes!

  2. OMG! Those shoes are Awesome!!!! I love them. (Yikes about being nearly hit FOUR times? What? AZ drivers suck about paying attention to cyclists or motorcycles! Scary.)

    • Btw, you could be a foot model. Now I’m wondering why mine look so ugly?

  3. Dood. So glad you are still alive and not smooshed by *texting, radio-changing, whopper-eating, mascara-applying, note-taking, day dreaming, insert-random-thingy-drivers-do-that-they-aren’t-supposed-to-while-driving here thing*. Stay safe, friend! Also, those shoes are one sexy little pair of wedgy espadrilles, Girlfriend! Per Finny’s post of late–SpicEEEEEEEEEEEEY! Like, with extra habaneros spicy. Love them! XO

  4. I love the shoes and understand the contradictory-ness of being a woman who desires simplicity AND nice shoes. I just spent a bunch of money on shoes but I know that I will wear them over and over again and so I feel that justifies the expense.

    I can imagine many summer margarita parties over which you preside in your snappy green shoes. Feel richly blessed when you wear them!

  5. Gorgeous!!! I think those could totally be your “green” item for next St. Patrick’s Day!! (Planning ahead since this one didn’t go so well for you! ;)) Also, I love those shoes and totally believe that spending $$ on a pair of shoes that will last is worth it. Almost 10 years ago, when I wasn’t making much $, I debated a pair of Cole Haan shoes. My 2 friends were the devil and the angel on my shoulders. I still wear them ALL the time and tell my “angel” friend how glad I am that she convinced me! šŸ˜‰

  6. Dear Lord, those are lovely! I have a similar pair in black. Nothing wrong with being selective about indulgences!

  7. You rode your bike 10 miles to get them? That speaks for itself.

  8. The shoes are amazing, like you, and THANK YOU for raising awareness about sharing the road with cyclists. It takes just a second to change the lives of a lot of people in an unfortunate way.

  9. Keep the shoes! You look lovely in them, too, btw!

  10. I totally understand your desire to stop acquiring things but hey, you wanted the shoes badly enough to ride all the way back to the store to get them. Enjoy wearing them!

  11. Umm, those look like pretty shoes that should be purchased if the purchaser wants them. That’s my two cents!

    And BOOOOO drivers…I’m sorry it sucked.

  12. I adore those shoes! I’m contradictory in the same way and I think it’s ok to live simply and also have a few things that you just REALLY LOVE!

  13. excellent purchase!

  14. I wont ride a bike on the road anymore because car drivers make it far too dangerous. I even live in the SF Bay where bike riding is encouraged, but people in cars have no respect for bicyclists at all. I just dont think I should risk being run over four times in one trip to save a little gas & I am sorry but I am not going to kill myself to save the planet. There are plenty of safer ways to be green.

    On another note, those shoes are hot! šŸ™‚ Love them!

  15. On a positive note, I told my husband last week about my idea to bike to work as soon as the weather is more predictable (March/April in CO could be beautiful in the morning and snow showers in the afternoon). My response to him being a bit nervous: “Honey, it’s Colorado, we live between Boulder and Denver. It’s not as if I’m talking about biking to work in AZ or OK (his homestate)”

  16. LOVE the SHOES! Would you tell me what brand they are? I have been looking for that kind of green for a long time and would love a pair myself and then we can be tall girls together (well, even taller!).

    I am glad you indulged in your love for shoes and rewarded yourself for, well, just being YOU!

    Please be safe on the roads, and please, don’t wear those shoes while biking! šŸ™‚

  17. Ooh! Found them! Not sure I can rock a 4 1/4 inch heel though without killing my ankle! šŸ™‚

  18. I’m glad you did well and came safe home after nealy 4 bike accidents, or those (woderful!) shoes would have been wasted!!!

  19. I’m certain that in the future, scientists will have discovered that the acquisition of “things” will prove to be hardwired into many of us. DNA will be the our defense when we throw open our cupboards and ask ourselves “when, where and why do I need this?” There is no point in resisting the urge. Besides, when in doubt about the purchase of an object I always tell myself that I’m helping the economy (which is why I try to buy American made whenever possible, but that’s a topic for another time).

    As for shoes, for someone that recently underwent extracorporeal shock wave therapy, the shoes above don’t seem like the footwear I’d be sporting. I’d wrap my pes in clouds and rest them on a warm pig belly.

    To each his own.

  20. Oh Kelli, I have to comment about your plantar situation. OY that hurts. And I’m sorry to say that the only thing that truly works for it is to wear nothing but good sneakers (I wear Nike Shox–my pediatrist told me to) with orthotic inserts in them FOR A WHOLE YEAR.

    I’m not kidding. I hated it. I LOVE shoes. And especially love flip flops, sandals, etc. but I even wore those sneakers when I was walking around the house in my pajamas. It took almost a year for me to not have that wave of shocking pain in the morning when I got out of bed or stood up from a desk chair. It was worth it. Do it, toots.

    (But I do love those heels. So pretty…)

  21. I just read this and am so happy to hear your rant. A very dear friend and avid cyclist was hit and killed this past December. Yes, he was driving at night but he was lit up like a Christmas tree, lights AND reflectors blazing. The only positive thing about his death is the fervor with which our local cycling community is taking up the cause to make motorists respect cyclists. Be careful out there, Kel.

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