Just like the changing leaves, football, and kids returning to
school, the change of season signals a change in fashion and time to go to the
How did all those winter shoes get so scuffed up just sitting in
the closet for the summer while I was wearing sandals? It might be possible to
ignore the scuffed heel on the right shoe, made by driving. (Man, I must really
live life in the fast lane - the left shoe is practically like new.)
Even if I
could ignore that ugly scuff which, after all, is on the back where I canít
see it, sooner or later I have to look down and see those pointy toes. Pointy
toes? A definite sign that these are shoes that fashion has left behind. Square
toes, big fat heels, thatís the new fashion. Thatís what Iím wishing for!
No doubt about it -- time for a trip to the Shoe Carnival.
The Shoe Carnival is a self-serve shoe store like no other.
Somehow they seem to think that creating a carnival atmosphere is the way to
sell shoes. A DJ occupies a stand in the middle of the store and barks out all
the sales and wonderful deals that are going on. When he is not on the mic, loud
-- I said LOUD -- music blares. It is always 50ís music or some other equally
So why go there, you may wonder? The deals! The shoes! The
bargains! This week, "Buy one pair and get the other at half price!"
What self-respecting bargain hunter could pass that by? Especially when she
looks down and sees those pointy toes grinning up at her. Why did she ever think
those toes looked good?
Finding the first pair is easy. Instantly I spot exactly what
Iím looking for. Maroon! Perfect fit! Look great! Now for the second pair. Iíve
gotta have a second pair to get Ďem for half price! Trying on pair after pair:
too large, too tight, or too ugly. Panic sets in! Black - thatís it! I can
always use a pair of black shoes.
Finally, the perfect pair is rescued from
behind a display of pointy toes, obviously held-over-for-another-season
due-to-popular-demand. Square toes, big fat stacked heels. Ah, fashion! Then the
DJ, evil man, barks out a deal on Reebok Princessí, the kind I like, at half
price - and I donít even have to buy another pair! Itís more than I can
Barely able to see over the pile of boxes in my arms, I
happily hand over the plastic card and check out. Another successful trip to the
Shoe Carnival! If you can just stand the awful music long enough, you can always
Heck, that was fun! Wonder if they have anything in red? If I ever get
over this headache, I might come back and shop here again!