Moss, is humor writer from Tennessee. She writes a
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She has written for the Daily News of Kingsport, Griffin Journal,
Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton
Advocate, and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News
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am having shoe problems again. I love cute shoes but cannot wear high
heel shoes due to my bad knees. Ladies understand needed dozens of
shoes. Men have two pairs and think that is enough.
Due to the knee surgery, I got rid of anything with a heel, even a low
heel. I hated parting with my shoes, but if you can't wear them, why
Somehow, I can't quit buying shoes. It's like an addiction. I decided
to buy some new shoes that were both comfortable and fashionable.
Unfortunately, there is no such shoe. You can have one or the other
but not both.
Last week I went shopping at the discount mall. As usual, I ended up
in a shoe store. What is it with shoes? I convinced myself that I
needed a new pair of black shoes for winter although it is only May.
There is always an excuse to shop for shoes.
Of course, what the stores had at this time of the year was not winter
shoes, but sandals. I love sandals. Of all shoes there are, I love
sandals most. Trouble is, all the good summer shoes are gone after
Easter. What is left on the shelf is a size 9 or a size 4. I'm the
world's most common size -- 7½.
After trying three stores, I decided they didn't make black shoes in a
size 7½ any more. The lady at the cash register said they get four
pairs of 7½ for every style they have. But, four people must be
standing in line to scoop them up.
So, I bought a cute pair of gold sandals instead. I needed a pair of
gold sandals last summer and didn't have any. So, here they are now
that's it's too late. But who knows when I might need them again? And
then since I couldn't find the shoes I liked in black, I bought them
in navy instead. That's two pairs, but who's counting?
Honey was ready to go home. "Put these shoes in the car. I think
there is another shoe store that I didn't check yet. They may have
black." He headed in one direction and I went the other. I
rounded the corner and there it was -- a NEW shoe store, only open for
My heat was pounding. I LOVE their shoes! They are called Skechers,
casual but dressy, comfortable but cute. And they came in BLACK --
black 7½. My debit card vibrated in my pocket, or was that my phone?.
"Where are you?" honey asked.
"Come quick, I'm buying out the store."?
I'd never been in a Skechers store before. Have you seen Skechers?
They are gym shoes, sort-of. But they are gym shoes gone fashionable.
They feel like gym shoes, but they look like real shoes. It's hard to
I managed to stop looking after selecting only two pairs. Then honey
showed up. He started looking at the men's styles. As long as he was
looking, I might as well look some more too. And when you look, you
find. Next thing you know, I found a stylish brown pair.
They are really different, really cute, and really, really feel good.
They won't work for dressy occasions, but who dresses up these days
Now I have to find a place in the closet to put them. I might have to
get rid of some more of my older ones to make room. But who could pass
up shoes this cute?
I've been thinking, maybe I will go back next weekend. After giving
more of my old shoes away, I have more space in the closet now. And I
really need a pair of black shoes for winter.
Copyright 2011 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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