Short on shoes

While Carrie and company made their big screen debut last night, I was out in search of the perfect shoe to complete my Sunday afternoon outfit. I know, I know. But even Carrie would agree: Shoes first.

Shopping under pressure is never fun. Shoe shopping, in particular, is best when savored. But when time is tight, having the right people in place is half the battle. Suzy at Neiman’s understands this. Clients have her cell on speed dial so she can help even on her day off, which has saved me more than once. Then there’s Maggie, who has been in shoes at Nordstrom for 20 years. She can work miracles.

Yesterday, I found a sassy Weitzman patent pump that was the perfect shade for my Sunday suit, but too tight in the instep. With a single glance, Maggie accurately diagnosed the condition, taking the offending shoe behind the magic curtain. Moments later she reappeared, having rolled the unruly edge smoothly into place, salvaging an otherwise doomed match. And, while I was there, the soles of the retro Candies I was wearing decided to come loose. It’s almost as if they knew she would be there to save them. Maggie whisked them away to the back room, secured them with some rubber cement, and returned them with a smile. Bag in hand, I left her happier than I had arrived.

Shoes procured, I made it to the movie the following day, accompanied by five gal pals. Laughs aplenty, and good scenery, but in the end we all wished there had been more shoes.

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3 Responses to “Short on shoes”

  1. Lynda Newton Ellington on June 5th, 2008 10:19 pm

    Best ever short shoe story I have ever had the pleasure to read. I need a really cute, perhaps kitten heel, bronze pair of shoes for my reunion. I have a very sassy black dress with a bonze bow to the side. I wore this to Len’s neice’s wedding exactly one year prior to our own wedding. I had so many compliments on the dress. May I email the picture to you for further consultation on the right shoe?

  2. Denise on June 6th, 2008 9:47 am

    Lynda, I’d be delighted to assist! I do love shoe shopping—even virtually.

  3. Carlie Sena on December 14th, 2008 9:19 pm

    We met Friday night, in Boca Raton, during my friend’s birthday party. It was so nice to meet you and I’d like to keep in touch.

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