Saturday, September 08, 2007

Shoes, Glorious Shoes!

I have a teensy weensy confession to make.

I've never actually been in a Payless Shoe store.

Maybe there are others out there too, but a girl in my office looked at me like I had three heads when I told her this. Seriously, three heads. And maybe as if I had acne on them too.

Honestly, I've always been a shoe snob. I walk a lot, I don't want disposable shoes, and frankly, I just plain like expensive shoes.

But when I heard Lela Rose did a collection for Payless, I began reconsidering my boycott. So yesterday, I mustered up all my energy and headed out to Wheaton, Maryland, to find these shoes.


As I've said before, as a full blown east coast girl, things have to be dire for me to use the word "y'all." So, you know I'm serious here.

I was hoping that my tackling a far away store I might be able to snag a pair of the T-strap pumps from the collection, but alas, that was not to be.

I don't actually think they exist. They were a myth, like the Loch Ness Monster or a compassionate conservative.

But I did try on the other shoes from her collection. I really liked, and actually purchased, the Finsbury pump in black and the Chancery peep toe in red. They were surprisingly comfortable.

Ah, ha ha ha. Soon you will be on my feet my pretties!

What were not comfortable were the Addle Hill flats. Ugh! I pitied the modeles who had to wear these for the collection.

But all in all, I think I'm most excited about the Finsbury pumps. They play into the menswear, buttoned up theme for fall and will certainly be worn around work as soon as the weather turns crisp. I'll wear them with pants for a little masculin-feminin action, and with pencil skirts and stockings for a sexy-librarian chic vibe.

And they cost less than my weekly latte-habit. And less than the amount of gas I probably used getting to Wheaton. Oh well, maybe they weren't such a good deal after all...

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Jessica said...

You know, you could just buy them online - if they don't fit, return to the store!

Johanna said...

I get that they're inexpensive and yes, that does mean you can buy more pairs or have more money to appropriate for this and that, but as a woman who wears her heels a good 10, 11 hours a day, I just don't know if the tiny pricetag is worth the inevitable discomfort of faux, stiff leather.

I'd love to be proven wrong, so please to report on how well they wear over time and how many/few blisters they cause.

Mrs.Preppy said...

I ended up having to get the Payless by me to order the brown Finsbury pumps... there were only 2 locations in Dallas that received the Lela Rose shipment and of those 2, there was only one size 9 in the entire area.

caphillbarbie said...

Oooh, I hadn't seen that yet! I did place an order, but I notice that they have that same plastic part as the flats which were just horrible. I'll try them, but only on carpet and they might have to go back.

I'll let you know about the comfort factor. I certainly have my doubts about being able to walk more than three blocks, but we'll see!

Elizabeth said...

There are at least 4 Payless stores in downtown Chicago (What? We like our cheap shoes!) and I've been prowling for a while to find these.

The best advice I can give you as a Payless devotee is to grab some extra insoling-- you missed the cheapo ones they sell for $1.50 in the store, but even some Dr.Scholls make a world of difference when it comes to Payless heels.

Anonymous said...

Ok, I'm with you. The last time I was in a Payless I was 6 and was taken by a babysitter ... BUT ... I work by Metro Center and there is one on G and 12th, right by the Macy's. Maybe I will venture in after this post ... although how do I waltz back in to my uptight law firm with a Payless bag?!

DC Celine said...

One word: Tenleytown. Though Whea'on is definitely worth a trip.

Princess Poochie said...

What I don't like is that the red peep-toes on the runway have a much skinnier and sexier heel than actual one.

That bugs me.


addiction said...

love the Finsbury pump! wonder if we have a payless in LA...

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