With apologies to my male readers, this is admittedly a girly subject. Although some men like shoes too.

A few years ago, a disgruntled shoe designer (whose shoes my daughters and I don’t often buy any more, new designers emerge, and fashion moves on), anyway he announced in an interview, in a fit of pique, I assume—that I have 6,000 pairs of his shoes. His comment hit the internet, and I haven’t heard the end of it since. I wish people talked as much about my books, as about the story of those 6,000 pairs of shoes. It continues to surface, and at every dinner party I go to, someone leans over and says in hushed tones “Do you really have 6,000 pairs of shoes?”. No, I don’t, of his shoes, nor any other designer’s. And the originator of that comment wrote me a very nice apology many months later, but the deed was done. So now I will be talked about forever as the woman with 6,000 pairs of shoes.  But having said that, yes, I do love shoes!!! (Not 6,000 pairs of them, but a lot).

I find that when I’m glum, or feeling sorry for myself, or in a great mood, or want to spoil myself—-shoes are always the right answer. They’re so fun. I wear mostly flat shoes in the day time, but high heels when I get dressed up. Really high heels. My fashionable daughters insist that I wear high heels and they look great, ‘ll admit. But I can’t run around in them all day long. They wear 6 inch heels to work, and since they work in fashion, they feel it’s a must!!! I try to keep the high heels within reason, but recently wore a pair so high that all I could do was teeter from the car into the house, for a birthday party, and sit down. I sat on the couch all night, unable to move, but the shoes looked great while I sat on the couch!!! Those were a little too extreme!!  And I’m afraid of platform shoes, which just look too scary, the big high platforms, I’m sure I would fall flat on my face.

Most men don’t seem to understand our passion, as shoe lovers. I wear mostly black shoes, and men always say when I buy a new pair, “But you already have black shoes!!” Yes, I do. So?? And red shoes are fun sometimes too.

I was cleaning out some closets today, on a gray, chilly Sunday, which is what made me think of shoes. I keep some forever, and they bring back memories when I see them. I have a hard time parting with shoes I love. And others just never work out, and are fashion mistakes right from the beginning. I hang onto them for a while, and then give up. I have favorites, and don’t wear shoes that hurt. But nothing pulls an outfit together like a great pair of shoes, and nothing cheers you up like buying a pair of beautiful shoes. I have more fun buying shoes than any other item of clothing.

So there it is, the confessions of a shoe lover…..not 6,000 pairs of them, but enough to keep me happy. I heard a great comment about the movie “The Wizard of Oz” the other day, “It’s the ultimate chick flick, about two women trying to kill each other over a pair of red shoes”.

Love, Danielle

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5 Comments so far
  1. Euna Chawatama March 28, 2012 5:03 pm

    As long as these high heeled keeps you safe from falling because I know a number of my friends who fell down not in the presence of few people or their family but on a massive church conference. They were running about doing some chores when high heeled shoes failed them and landed heavily on the floor.People suppressed their laughter after the incidents.

  2. JILL April 1, 2012 11:55 pm

    My motto is: A girl never has too many pairs of shoes or too much matching lingerie. As well, since i own all but two, apparently, Danielle Steel novels are a “never too much” indulgence

  3. Susie Price April 4, 2012 9:03 pm

    I love shoes too, but have a hard time finding a size 5 shoe….any ideas, where i can find them?

  4. Lea Williams April 5, 2012 9:47 am

    Love it love it, I am 73 and still wear 4″ heels if I am not walking far. I love red shoes brown shoes black shoes any kind of shoes. I love boots too, I love sandles too. I just love shoes. I so get it.

  5. Nicole April 10, 2012 1:49 am

    Your post really made me laugh, sorry but it a little funny how everyone now asks about the 6000 pairs. Hey at least it is with your own money so there is no shame, Ms Steel you certainly are no Imelda Marcos!

    No matter how many shoes you own, you have worked very hard to afford each and every pair!

    So just enjoy them!