Now that would make poor Cinderella look pathetic wouldn’t it? All she had was one pair of glass slippers. Not even a pair of Nike’s!!!
I am writing about something I thought I’d never write about, or didn’t have to. But there is so much talk about it, that I finally decided to say something. Recently, it has been said that I have 6,000 pairs of shoes. It was said by a shoe designer of shoes my daughters and I used to wear, and somehow no longer do, that I have 6,000 pairs of shoes. Maybe it was said to annoy me, since I’m a very private person, or maybe the person who said it was just joking (I hope so!!). I paid no attention at first, but as the saying goes, “the story has legs”, and shoes!!! Although I just dismissed it as nonsense at first, it has now been reported in magazines and all over the internet that I have 6,000 pairs of shoes. Huh? Wow!!! Obviously, I don’t. But I have now had dozens of emails from friends, inquiries from strangers, and the 6,000 imaginary pairs of shoes have become legend. Styles change, brands alter slightly, and let’s face it, women are fickle about fashion. Designers that my daughters loved a year ago become less appealing to them a year later, brands we wear for a while change, and we move on to something else. It’s the nature of ‘fashion’, style, and people. We don’t do or wear the same things forever, we find something new, get excited about it, and embrace it, and then move on to something new after that. The shoe designs in question are gorgeous, but I guess we’ve worn other things for a while, new designers have appeared, and sometimes you just forget old favorites (although i still have many of those old favorites in my closet!! But not 6,000 of them. That’s a mythical number).
I have 5 daughters, and we often love shopping together, and admittedly, when we walk into a store together, and shop together, it is often a nice purchase when you multiply even a modest purchase times six. And I’m sure we make some store owners very happy when we shop together as a group. We spend a lot of time together, and do a lot of things together, it’s just more fun that way. But I wanted to reassure you that I don’t have 6,000 pairs of shoes. I love shoes, but that would be too much even for me. Like everyone, I have my current favorites that I seem to wear every day. I mostly seem to wear black shoes, and once in a while fall in love with a pair of red ones. And I recently cleaned out my closets again, something I try to do every spring, and get rid of the things I just don’t wear, the fashion mistakes (sometimes I really wonder what I was thinking, when I buy something that looks too young for me, is unflattering, or just looks silly on me!!), and try to keep my closets, and life, in good order.
So I hate to disappoint you, but I don’t have 6,000 pairs of shoes. I went to a dinner party in Paris the other day, and a man I don’t know who looked like he wouldn’t know a shoe from a rutabaga turned to me and said “do you really have 6,000 pairs of shoes?” He looked seriously disappointed when I said I didn’t. And it made me realize that I’d better say something, finally, to all those people out there who now think I have 6,000 pairs of shoes, and are thinking about it. So, I’m sorry. I have a bunch but nowhere near that many, I have about the same number of shoes as anyone else, and as usual I have my favorite current designers, and in a year or two, I’ll be on to something new. If I still wear them, I keep the old ones, if I don’t wear them, I don’t keep them. So I’m sorry to disappoint you about the 6,000 pairs of shoes……on to the next rumor.