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Those who know me, know I have a thing for shoes.

My history with shoes has been a love/hate affair since I was really little.

Due to some foot problem that I can’t even recall the reason for now, my mother always took me to buy the ugliest brown shoes at the one nice shoe store in town. And I mean ugly. They were clonky and brown and plain. I hated them. If I didn’t think dire consequences would befall me if I hacked them into pieces, I would have destroyed every single pair of them. One Christmas program at school in particular sticks out in my mind. I had a beautiful new blue dress with lace trim and there I was on stage with those horrid brown shoes.

Sometime around the sixth grade either my problem went away or I refused to wear the brown shoes anymore, but my footwear selections began to look up. For my eighth grade graduation I remember getting a pair of three-inch high white wedge sandals. I thought I had hit the big-time.

For the next decade I fell in love with shoes. I had heels and boots, flats and sandals in fun colors and styles.

Then somewhere in my mid-twenties, arthritis set in an old foot injury with a vengeance and I gave up all my beautiful shoes. I took to wearing ugly support shoes in shades of black and brown. It was like a return to my childhood footwear nightmare. This went on for many years. I hated my shoes and I think they hated me right back.

One day I was browsing in a store and found a pair of shoes that practically screamed out to me to buy them. They were cute and sassy and fun, unlike anything I owned at that time. Surprisingly, they were comfortable and I had no problem wearing them.

Cute shoes reentered my world and I’ve been on a bit of a campaign to restock my closet with as many pairs as possible.

The latest addition was this pair of Red Rialtos.

red shoesThey practically jumped off the shelf and chased me around the store. Super comfortable and so cute and sassy, I absolutely love them (My shoes stay on my feet for about 12-hours a day so when I say they are comfortable, I mean they were comfortable all day!). The best part is, I just saw them on sale for only $14.99.

She Who Loves Cute Shoes

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Years ago I did some serious damage to my foot that resulted in some really painful spells of arthritis.

Due to that fact, I got rid of all my cute shoes and soon found my closet full of things like this:

Blah, bleck, boring – but they were comfortable.

Then one day, I woke up and realized I was tired of blah, bleck, boring shoes and went skipping down an entirely new path.

I’m so glad I did!

And, according to Captain Cavedweller, I’ve become a cute-shoe addict.

I can’t help it. Like chocolate, I spent too many years without any!

So the other day, I was quickly flipping through a website and these screamed out to me.

I couldn’t ignore their pleading for me to own them, so I thought about it for approximately 16.5 seconds before I bought them. They are so cute, so fun and I absolutely love them. I got them from Modcloth.com

Even CC agreed they were pretty cute shoes – for an up and coming shoe addict.

She Who Loves Cute Shoes!

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See this really cute hot-pink shoe? The one it took me a whole 27 seconds to decide I had to have when I saw it.

I wore it shopping this weekend (which may not have been the best idea I’ve ever had in regard to the future ability to walk normally – at least normal for me).

Evidently hot-pink three-inch wedges are hard to miss.

I’ve never had so many compliments on a pair of shoes. From sales clerks, other shoppers and service desk employees, I heard “Cute Shoes!” so many times I think I was floating on cloud nine.

It was awesome.

Especially when this girl used to wear only flats that closely resembled something your great Aunt Hortense would wear on a day she really needed to be comfortable.  Arthritis tends to suck the fun right out of footwear.

But I could not resist these shoes or the desire to wear them shopping. Despite the barely noticeable limp today, I’m so glad I did.

What is your favorite pair of cute shoes?

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Years ago, when I was first getting to know my Most Wonderful Hubby’s mom, I heard her use the phrase “It speaks to me.” I’ve heard her say it many, many times since and let me tell you, if something doesn’t speak to her, she is not interested in it at all. On the flip side, if something should happen to speak to her, watch out, she is all over it! In the past, fly fishing, pontoon boating, snowmobiling, cross stitching, quilting and bicycling have all spoken to her.

So being a good daughter-in-law, I adopted the phrase as my own. There are many things that do not “speak to me” like laundry, housecleaning, ironing, being outside in freezing temperatures, cranky people, ironing,  bad food, howling wind, ironing, calendulas, screaming children, horrid smells, ironing, and heinous cats.

I do have some favorite things that seem to not only speak to me, but sometimes scream loudly.

Cute shoes speak to me. Sometimes they even call to me in my sleep.

I try to not neglect the calling.

Roses speak to me. Their lovely blossoms, their fragrant smells.

They whisper to me on summer breezes.

These kiddos speak to me. They make me smile and give me sticky kisses.

Chocolate speaks to me. Sometimes with a megaphone. The darker the better.

Clearance sales speak to me.

They make my heart flutter and lure me in with promised treasures.

And this big guy – he speaks to me.

He speaks to my heart and makes me laugh.

(He also speaks at me… like when I can’t avoid the call of cute shoes and come home with nine  pairs, but that is a story for another day).

What speaks to you? Makes you smile? I’d love to know!

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