It's a Shoe Thang!


- Monday, February 01, 2010

To Shoe Shop or Not to Shoe Shop With My Mother, That is the Question?

To shoe shop of course, what other answer could there possibly be (with my mother, is optional, but I'll give it a try).  I mean, I am a shoe addict after all.

So, the other day I dragged my credit cards out to the mall with me and my mother actually decided to tag along.  Now for those of you who don't know me, this mother and daugther shopping spree is a rare occurence.  And even rarer is our ability to shoe shop together without incident.  And by incident I mean, her telling me time and time again 'how much I don't need' another pair of shoes, boots, whatever.  But on this particular outing something surprising happened.  And I must say I may still be in shock, or at least some form of disbelief not yet charted in medical records.  Let me explain...

First, I actually told my mother I wanted to go shoe shopping and ask her to accompany me.  This doesn't happen often.  She right away said YES.  Yep, just plain old yes without any hesitation or complaints.  This had me worried, but it's shoe shopping so I couldn't resist.  I picked her up and prepared to listen to her lecture me all the way there and back on my obsession with designer footwear.  But it never happened.  Instead as I was trying on my sixth or seventh pair of shoes at the very first store I heard her say, "Those are too cute and they look great on your feet, you have to get them."  I almost fainted.  Really, I almost did.  I have never gone shopping with my mother for anything, especially shoes, and not had her tell me to put them back or something to that affect.  The shoes were the Steve Madden Suede Cuff Booties featured in Shoes of the Week.  I had been searching and searching for a pair of deep cuff booties for weeks.  I was beginning to think they were a myth.  But there they were at one of my favorite stomping grounds, DSW.  I got lucky. 

And not only did I buy those but I purchased an additional two more pairs and my mother never even batted an eyelash.  Not once did I hear her say, "You don't need those."  I began to wonder where was the woman who gave birth to me and who had replaced her with this pod person.  Don't get me wrong, we have a love, love relationship.  I love to torture her with my shoe addiction and she loves to scream at me to stop cramming my closets full of high heels she thinks I don't need. 

However, today she was the one telling me to go ahead and get the pair I was on the fence about.  And it didn't stop there.  As we continued through the mall I managed to coax her in and out of several more shoe stores without even a hint of disapproval on her part.  So why is this all so note worthy. Well, because for me shoe shopping is not only fun, it's my me time.  And to be able to share my me time with my mom and have her approve of it (even if it's a one time deal) makes me feel good.  Plus, I have two daughters of my own and I'd like to think that one day we can share a mother-daughter shoe shopping experience just like that one.  Though, I'm not sure either of them have developed my addiction yet.  Which is probably a good thing, 'cause one shoe addict in the family is probably enough.  Either way,  shoe shopping with my mom was great, and she even added some of her shoes to the showcase.  She may not be addicted to them as I am, but she did have to pull out a storage unit from under her bed to retrieve some of the ones pictured on my website so...guess the apple really doesn't fall far from the tree, especially when  It's a Shoe Thang!

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Member Comments 2 Total

Sun, Feb 21, 2010 09:58:02 AM
I found this very interesting!!! You really should write another book.

Sat, Mar 13, 2010 04:32:18 PM
Amen to that...YUM, the sequel. ;)
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