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  2. Please post pics of the 1st boots, pumps and you newly purchased stiletto boots for reference. Great story.
  3. Today
  4. 'Morning! It's been a while. Busy life. Been progressing in my heeling, about once a week for a few hours is all I can manage. With the warmer weather I've been focusing on mini skirts, easier to style, and still love them. They're also easier to figure out how to actually wear without interrupting the peace at home. Skirts have become a quick favourite, I'm surprised how quick. I've lost all anxiety in wearing them out, I've gone shopping for skirts wearing skirts countless times now. Buying heels while wearing heels has still causing some anxiety interestingly. Anyway, this is not a story about anxiety. I'm still mulling over a recent trip. Weather was good, and I got it into my head that I really want to wear one of my pumps, a 4" matte black pair. Nothing fancy, but super comfortable. Weather is too good for pants, and I was experimenting at home, trying on different skirt combinations with shoes/heels, and found one I absolutely loved. Black mini-skirt with 3-4 pleats in it, plus the 4" black pumps, plus a white shirt (in-between dress shirt and t-shirt). Loved it. I **really** wanted to wear that. Could I? My hidden heels are not so hidden when wearing a mini-skirt. I figured I would compromise a bit first. I grabbed my 4" combat boots and 4" pumps, and headed out. First I stopped by a mall, and wore my 4" boots to test things out. Parked, walked into a near-by store I wanted to check out. I figured I'll see how this goes. Spent 20 minutes wandering and checking out some cloths. No anxiety, no stares, nothing. So I said, what the heck, and headed to the other end of the mall where I wanted to buy a specific skirt. Walked in. First employee I came across commented that she loved my shoes. I thanked her. Then spent at least 30 minutes looking at stuff, trying on a few things, and buying what I came for, plus a bit more. Then walked around the mall and got back to the car. At this point this was my 4th (I think) compliment on my shoes *ever*. Thought this is going well... In the car swapped over to the pumps, and drove to a large thrift store. While I have previously sat in the car sometimes for 10-15 minutes dealing with anxiety, this time I got out and just walked in. I have never worn a skirt with pumps out before. It's obvious I'm a guy, and I'm not trying to pretend otherwise. It was sooo comfortable. I felt *good*! I walked around, checked out the shoes and the skirts. No skirts to buy this time, but noticed a pair of ankle boots in my size. The front looks like cowboy boots, interesting. Pick it up,it's a 4.5" stiletto heel, even better! Looks perfect! $30. Then I notice the $200 original sticker on the bottom! Brand spanking new. As I'm checking out the shoes, this lady stops and tells me that I walk perfectly in the heels, and how she used to wear them but not anymore. I was a little surprised, so am not sure what I responded (but it was pleasant). But two compliments in a single day, never happened. I ended up buying the heels. The boot is super comfortable, brand new, and I just love it. So this is why I kept my heels hidden? "this" being no reason at all. It's all in my head.
  5. Yesterday
  6. bambam

    Cali World

    Happens to me all the time.
  7. Cali

    Cali World

    Shoes aren't damage, just my pride. I know it happens, just wish it was not to me. Can't, too many cameras, will just have to wait for it to show up on YouTube.😄 BTW this was not the content I was hoping to add.
  8. p1ng74

    Cali World

    It's easy to blame the heels but people that don't wear heels miss steps and fall too, it literally happens to everyone that walks. Glad you are ok!
  9. SF

    Cali World

    Quick, obtain the surveillance video of the “incident” and destroy it!
  10. Jkrenzer

    Cali World

    I've been close many times, usually on hard supermarket floors. Glad you're OK.
  11. It hasn't happened to me in quite a little while, but I suppose it's only a matter of time. Evidently, you were not seriously hurt, but the question is, were the shoes hurt? The last time I ate it, I broke my shoe!
  12. Cali

    Cali World

    Well it finally happened after almost a decade in high heels. Yesterday, I was walking across the parking lot and my back heel must of come down on a painted stripe and my foot slipped out and over I went. Very minor scratch on a knee but a big hit to my dignity.
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  14. I don't usually record that stuff the way JeffB used to (and probably still does). I only started writing down what I wore to the Thursday night "big" farmer's market because of two reasons: 1) Since it is a bit hard on the feet, I need to remember what not to wear, and what to wear. 2) Seems I have a bit of a reputation, and I don't want to accidentally repeat too often. I have not recently done a shoe inventory, but pretty much all of my low heels are Söfft brand. I haven't had a perfect record with them, but I've had a pretty good one. One of these days, I shall have to do a little segment on that part of my collection.
  15. I've had work done. Both big toes have had ingrown nail surgery. I also had a hammertoe bone removal in the second smallest toe and tendon release/realignment in the adjacent baby toe with 8 inch pins inserted.
  16. You are luck at that. You have oddly small nails, that has to help.
  17. Socks with sandals? Please no. I only wear socks with closed toe shoes shoes, which was about once in the last two months. At 67 its sandals with pads. I'm lucky, my toe nails are in get (typo should be "great") shape.
  18. Can't wear socks in sandals. I don't wear open toed sandals due to my toe nails. At 59, they just haven't held up.
  19. Same for me. The ball skin hurts after a few hours. Or a few miles walk. Depending on the material of the socks it could make a big difference. Long distance bare foot is a no way for me
  20. I’ve not gotten a pair every time I go shopping. It’s -a lot- of money for shoes at those stores.
  21. That's quite the record you have. I have no clue what I've worn or when. After a few days, the memory fades and I've never jotted down my choices. I know which are my favorites and seem to rotate amongst them most. Sounds to me like Söfft has become your favorite brand based on comfort. I don't get the sandal seam placement. Seems if the could move just a bit forward would help. Realize they need the tip to be rounded into the sole unlike pumps for better structural protection, but seam is in a bad place.
  22. Heels for ants. Views for giants. Positano, Italy. I've recently taken a liking to Carel France. Handmade in Italy, France or Spain. The quality is superb. The girls love them too.
  23. I have worn 4" to work a farmer's market before. In fact, according to my notes, I have done so three times this year. Twice have I worn 3", and the other two times I wore 3 1/2". None of them have been true stilettos, and about half of them were wedges. There is only one pair that I won't be wearing again for that purpose. I doubt that I will go over 4" for this event, although sometimes it's tempting, just to see if I can pull it off. What I have found is that only the Söfft sandals, pictured three replies above, actually feel like flats. The rest of them, when worn for 5 hours of mostly standing, produce discomfort under the ball of the foot from friction. I believe that this is because there is usually a seam there in the footbed on most shoes. Most sandals, anyway. It's not a musculoskeletal thing for me, it's a skin thing. It's like I've walked too far on concrete barefoot when I'm not used to it, that sort of a feeling. I believe it is simply a matter of toughening up my feet. Ever since I stopped using the treadmill on a regular basis, my feet have gotten soft. It does seem that as the weeks go by, it gets easier every time, but the Söfft sandals are the only ones where I don't even notice I'm wearing shoes, much less heels. No wonder I have 3 pair--4 if you count the ratty, worn-out pair that I still keep for some reason.
  24. Coming in to update this thread. I haven't worked in over a year. Bought BTC at 5K-10K. Sold at 28K and 55K Bought ETH at 150-200. Sold at 3.3K Bought another alt coin at $150 USD in 12/19. Sold for 10.5K USD in August 2021 Haven't worked in a year. And still got suites in Positano, private boat tours in Lake Como, and despite what everyone thinks now about crypto being dead again, I'm living my best life ever now. For what it's worth, I think until the US Federal Reserve pivots their position on Quantitative Tightening *and* inflation peaks, it'll be hard to call a broader market bottom. For the short term, I believe Bitcoin may have achieved a "local" bottom. This is not a broader generational bottom. So I'm still all cash for now. I look forward to selling at projected market peak in Q4 2024. Watch this video with Jay Powell, President of the US Federal Reserve, touching upon Central Bank Digital Currencies in the US.
  25. I never wear boots that I can't work in. I climb ladders, move furniture, and unload boxes in my boots with 4" heels. I don't know if I could keep that up in anything higher so I think that's the sweet spot for me.
  26. Cali

    Cali World

    Although I wear heels almost all the time, the number of interactions has been minimal. I still get a stare now and again, like at the airport last week, a woman in line at an outside baggage drop off gave me an open mouth stare while I was unloading my friend's bags at drop off. When I caught her, she quickly turned the other way. And today a women commented on my heels as I was walking into the farmers market..."wow those are some high heels." But these are only minimal interactions. Like at my nail salon, I'm a regular and I'm expected to come in high heels, so no heel interaction. 6 weeks of in-person then back to on-line through December. Hopefully more interaction stories.
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