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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. You are less than accurate about that. No one wears the heels you sport. Not even me. Only on Instagram. 🤣
  5. We can only hope. We need more stories, and I'm a pretty boring guy, I can only provide so many. 😆
  6. Couple of things: Nice shoes, nice legs! However, it would be nice to know some information about your new shoes. What they are, where you bought them, how are they to walk in, you know, stuff like that. I realize that I'm a man of too many words, so I'm not saying you should follow my example, but some sort of explanation would be helpful.
  7. This used to happen to me all the time. I did not react as well as you did, usually I whipped out my own phone and pretended to take pictures of whoever had their phone out at me. However, times have changed, and I have changed. I haven't noticed anybody trying to record my image in a long time. It probably still happens, but not like it did 5-10 years ago. Maybe I just walk better now?
  8. Farmer's Market outfit of the week. The weather has been very strange this year. For the month of May, it seemed like it was either really hot or really cold. We hit shorts wearing weather the second week of May, but then for the next few weeks it was in the 50s for highs (lower 10s C). As a result, I let my legs go for 3+ weeks. That was a tactical error. What is normally a 5-7 minute process turned into a 15 minute endeavor, it was kind of a hatchet job, and it made me run late. At least the farmer's market is not the type of place where people notice that you've missed a couple of patches of hair on the side of your thigh. I chose to wear mid heels on this particular night, one of my three pairs of Söfft Calvados, which have a 3 inch total rise (3 3/4" heel with 3/4" platform). True to form, they didn't bite back, and it was like working in flats. In fact, when we got home, I didn't bother to change shoes for the unload like I usually do. Shorts are Banana Republic, t-shirt is by some unfortunate in Vietnam, quite possibly named Baby Three. I only got one comment, and that was from an old lady who was using a walker. I stepped out from behind the table in order to serve her, and she said something to the effect of, "I don't see how you can work this market in those shoes. Even back when I was waitressing, I always wore flats, and my feet still killed me." I kind of deflected the subject a bit, and found out she was working at Costco part time, giving out samples. Next time I am at Costco, I'll have to look for her. I honestly don't know what to tell people any more. I do bring backup flat(ter) shoes with me, just in case. I've never had to use them in a year and a half of doing this. I guarantee you that if I ever forgot them, or decided, "Nah, I don't need these!", that would be the one time something would go wrong somehow.
  9. I saw an unusual pair of sandals on Poshmark, made a kind of a low offer, and the seller accepted it, so now I have yet another pair of sandals. They are Söfft brand, model name unknown. They are the strangest pair of Söfft shoes I've ever run across, and I ought to know, as I've owned over 20 pairs of that brand, and currently have 17 pairs. I may have to do a little segment about that one of these days. The reason I say they're strange is because they do not seem to share certain material characteristics with the rest of that brand range. The platform bottom is constructed as a complete unit, in other words, the padding within the footbed seems to be contained within the actual platform itself, rather than laid over the top in an insole arrangement. The design of the sole is different than anything else I've ever seen. It must be an older design. I don't think it's a newer one. The heel itself is significantly higher than anything I've ever seen on any Söfft shoe up to now. At 4 1/4", it's a good 1/2" higher than any of my other Söfft "high" heels. With a platform thickness of 5/8", and I know it looks thicker than that, but I'm compensating for its strange design to accurately calculate a steepness of 3 5/8". This would make them the only Söfft shoes I've ever worn that actually feel like heels. Another unusual thing about these sandals is their color. I know they might appear to be cherry red in these pictures, but I assure you they are not. They are some weird combination of fuscia and coral pink, I can't decide what color they really are, but it is striking, whatever it is. The platforms and heels are cork, but heavily lacquered cork, in a manner I've never seen before. Perhaps this is designed to complement the patent leather. The curved, slim heels, opposite of today's fashionable setback heels, look almost as if they thought they wanted to be wedges on their journey to the ground, but evidently changed their minds, and decided to come down as separate heels. Which, by the way, measure 11/16" across, putting them in that no-man's-land between stilettos and block heels where I seem wont to reside. Comfort, as far as I can tell, is good. I haven't yet worn them any further than my own driveway, but I did have them on domestically for a couple of hours. Unfortunately, as the experienced among us know, that don't mean a thing, irrespective of whether it has that swing. I would promise to make a report soon, but first I'm going to have to figure out what on earth I'm ever going to wear these with. Possibly I have a couple of pairs of shorts and maybe a couple pairs of pants they might go with, I'll have to compare reality vs. my imagination. One last feature of these sandals which is somewhat unusual for me is that they actually have a closed heel and an ankle strap. I think only one other time in my life have I ever owned sandals with a closed heel. The other pair I owned never did straighten up and fly right, and I had to use a bandaid with it every time to keep it from digging into my ankle. Hopefully, that is not the case with this pair.
  10. Ok, so it's not just me, bow leggedness is harder to overcome with higher heels. I've always felt that this is so, but I can't figure out a good reason to explain it. I wound up taking a number of videos over the weekend, some in 3" effective heels, some in 3 3/4", and some in 4 1/4". And yeah, in the 4 1/4", I cannot physically pull my knees together when standing. If I want to give that appearance, I have to cheat and put my feet in something akin to Third Position in ballet. Despite being bow legged, I do not have a tendency toward supination. My heels, whether on flat shoes or elevated ones, wear out evenly. My feet also naturally point straight forward when I walk. One thing that I have noticed in the last 10 years is that my work boots last a lot longer than they used to. I used to be a heel dragger, but not any more! And yes, @Pierre1961, I think we do pay a lot more attention to the physical act of walking than do most women. And to be fair to ourselves, most women are pretty bad at it. I keep threatening to make an instructional video one of these days, and perhaps I've finally gotten off my keester and taken the first steps (pun intended) toward that end. In this day and age, there are so many videos and articles out there, and a lot of them are terrible. Some of them are pretty good, but I have yet to see one that truly explains what it takes to have an attractive walk.
  11. For the first time in several years, I actually took video of myself walking in heels. Perhaps this was inspired by the awful video footage of me referenced in the post above (and no, I will not be providing a link), but when I am paying attention, I am not all that bad. I need work, to be sure, but at least I don't make myself wince. Part of my problem is that I am naturally bow legged, which is not a great thing for presenting in heels, but it is a fault that I believe I can overcome.
  12. I sure do get it. Sometimes, practicality wins out over absolute style. We don't have cobblestones in the Midwest U.S., only the occasional street still paved with bricks, and even that is not too common. I do appreciate my wedges for some things, like dealing with grass, especially wet grass. These are 2 inch wedges I usually wear to help my wife with her farmer's market tent. They are every bit as practical as flats, but have that just a little something extra.
  13. I was going to make another post today, but I'll hold off, to see if we can get some more comment about this post. I have several pairs of wedges in this general style, and while I agree they tend to be quite comfortable, I find myself not wearing them very often, because every time I see myself wearing such shoes, the contrast between my slender legs and these HUGE THINGS ON MY FEET is quite jarring. I think they look less that way on you, but the contrast is quite noticeable. Also, the contrast between short skirt, bare legs, sandals, then heavy layering on top (complete with scarf!) is. . . very Korean of you. I mean no disrespect by that!
  14. I know we've all been there as photographers of all skill levels. It still amazes me that, even with all of our modern technology, we cannot match the sophistication of the human eye, or perhaps really it's the human brain, or a combination of the two. I'm sure that in person, I would have no problem making out the details, even with that bright background.
  15. So after the validation came the Big Hit--I actually saw myself on video walking in those insanely high Michael Kors shoes referenced above, and elsewhere. It was not pretty. I hope not too many people saw or noticed THAT. Not that I CAN'T walk in them, I just need to pay better attention. This particular video was a livestream, and I had a lot of other things on my mind, but it just goes to show you, 45 years of habit and physiology is difficult to overcome, even with much practice.
  16. None of this bothers me too much. I'm kind of wondering where they came up with the red pumps logo, though. I'm trying to remember the last time I saw a woman wearing red pumps that were not part of a flight attendant uniform. I'm not coming up with much.
  17. WARNING: OFF TOPIC POST. SUE ME. It's a '72 T350 Suzi, actual displacement 315cc. I bought it about 10 years ago because I was under the delusion that I was into a project bike. To answer your question, it is completely unrestored, the chrome you see is really in that good shape, the paint is fair but all there, the saddle is original, that's the whole reason why I bought the bike. It's a really well preserved, cosmetically, example of a 2 stroke street bike. It's just something that you don't see anymore, and I suppose I've always been attracted to that. When I got the bike, the motor was seized. I bought it from somebody who also thought he wanted a project bike, but then gave up on it. He never did anything to it, including bothering to register it in his own name. As a result, I had to do some semi-shady stuff to get it titled in my name. I doubt anybody is going to make a fuss over a $600 vehicle after all this time. The extent of the work I did on it was to order what cosmetic stuff it needed and was available, chiefly a new taillight lens and mirrors. I also remember getting some new seals, and a set of piston rings to remedy the seized engine. After a week long soak in Berryman's and some mild violence, I finally got the pistons to come loose, put the engine back together, and that's about as far as I got with it. It sat for a long time, leaking oil and gas on my garage floor. I'd turn it over every once in a while, and put new kitty litter underneath it. Was looking to sell it to the next pretender. 10 years went by, actually 12, and my younger son grew from a baby into a pre-teen. From an early age, he showed mechanical aptitude, and a keen interest in all things old. A couple of years ago, he took up the project. I didn't really take him seriously, but I came home one day from work, and he had the silly thing running. It didn't run very well, and it leaked gas and oil all over the place, but it was more than I was able to accomplish. To make a long story less long, over the last two years, my now 13 year old son, who evidently is a parts finding genius, has kept banging away at everything that was/is wrong with this silly motorbike, which was considerably more than I ever imagined when I bought it. At its worst, this involved a complete engine/transmission teardown. I don't even want to think about how much money I've spent on this machine, but it's now to the point where it's roadworthy enough that I sprung for new tires. Of course, on our first highway trip, while we were 15 miles from home, the thing vibrated something apart, and we lost the ability to operate the clutch, which resulted in some. . . interesting riding techniques to make it back home. Luckily, I was not wearing heels at the time. Supposedly, that problem is fixed. I have not tested this out for myself, as this is the very next morning after as I write this. I can't imagine it will ever be a serious mode of transportation. At its best, it is a loud, coarse, finicky machine, and was when it was new. But it IS a lot of fun to ride, and gets people's attention in a good way. That was maybe way more of an answer than you wanted. And now. . . back to our regularly scheduled program!
  18. I also, am going to bring out a pair from the back of the closet. Or more accurately, the bottom shelf, since my shoes don't fit in a closet. I'm reaching way back to 2016, when I was into Michael Kors. I probably had at least a dozen Michael Kors shoes at one time. Today, I have two. The reason is not because I grew tired of them, they are still really nice designs, but they all broke in one way or another. This is one of the two pair I have left that has not broken, This model is called Oksana, and believe it's a model probably from 2013 or 14 or something like that, because by the time I bought them, they were at a pretty good discount. I used to have two pairs, this one in tan, and another pair in black. One of the reasons they have lasted over 6 years is probably because I haven't worn them that much. The now defunct black pair I wore quite a bit, but the shank bent on that pair. For some reason, the black pair had 5 1/8" heels, whereas this tan pair has full 5 1/2" heels. Why there was so much variation in the same model of shoe I have no idea, but these tan ones are noticeably steeper. With a 1" platform, that puts them right at the top of the range I can walk naturally, which is probably why the black ones got worn a lot more. Plus, at the time I rarely wore any shoe that wasn't black anyhow. Times have changed. The only other thing to note about these sandals, other than their simple design, is that the heels themselves do not neatly fall into a category, as we've talked about elsewhere. Measuring 7/16" (11mm) in both transverse and longitudinal directions, they are probably ever so slightly too thick to be called stilettos, though their general shape and feel definitely makes them close cousins with the stiletto. As far as how easy they are to live with, I wore them for about 7 hours straight on Sunday, which is not bad considering I hadn't worn them for several years. The leather was slightly dried out, but nothing that a little TLC couldn't fix. The 7 hours was probably 50% sitting, 40% standing, and 10% walking, or at least moving around. I did not experience any real discomfort during that time, except when I tried to ride my motorbike. I did finally get the hang of it, but I won't be doing that again. If it's a scooter, that's a different story altogether. My final thoughts about these sandals are that they are theoretically near the top of my favorites list, but a couple of things keep them on the shelf. One is the height. They are just a little bit too tall for everyday use, and I think that goes for the look also. I don't think I'd wear them with more casual clothes, but I have been known to change my mind. Two is that they just don't feel that sturdy when walking. They suffer from the same problem that every other Michael Kors I've ever owned suffers from. I think if pressed into hard use, that they're going to eventually break, just like the other ones did. However, I did enjoy wearing them again after all these years.
  19. Another bit of validation, 18 year old Vietnamese girl. I've never met her in person, but have spent a lot of time with her much older cousin (which is how I was introduced to the youngster), so it's not really creepy or anything. In the beginning of all my contacts, it's all about learning English, but it never ends up that way.
  20. I don't necessarily mean to be hating on Steve Madden, but in general I have found the durability to be lacking. In fact, I've got a pair of Maddens at the cobbler right now, to see if they can be saved. On the other hand, there's a couple of models of Madden which have held up very well for me. I've just had much better luck with BCBG, which is of course defunct now. And older Nine West stuff. I've also had horrible luck with Michael Kors, a mid price brand adored by many. Country of manufacture seems to have little correlation to ultimate durability. Most of my shoes, like most of everybody's, were manufactured in China. I also have shoes that were made in Spain, Brazil, and Italy. The more expensive shoes tend to be better looking, with higher quality materials and fewer rough edges, but this is not any great indicator of how long they'll last. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, it all comes of wearing shoes that really weren't meant to be worn. Or perhaps more accurately, walking in shoes that weren't meant to be walked in. If you only wear your heels to church once a week, and maybe out to dinner every once in a while, they're probably going to last you a while, poor quality or not. These Maddens shown in your picture are good looking! They look a bit like Dr. Scholl's with a wedge bottom. I have a soft spot in my heart for Dr. Scholl's. It brings back childhood memories.
  21. I have a nominal 30" waist, though the actual measurement is 31-ish. I pretty consistently wear size 4. Or size 27, if you go off a different scale. Except when I don't. Every once in a while, size 4 will not button up, but size 6 is usually way too big. I can occasionally wear juniors, anywhere from size 3 to size 7 (size 7 requires a belt for sure). With pretty much everything, I have to have it hemmed.
  22. I guess I must be one of those "lucky" people who can't easily wear pumps. Perhaps that is why I prefer mules. They are designed to "fall off" your foot with every step!
  23. I own a number of Steve Madden heels, and most of them are junk, as far as quality construction. I really should stop buying anything with that name. There are a very few exceptions.
  24. Another Megan fanboy here, she was truly a remarkable woman. Oddly enough, we never once talked about high heels, but that seemed perfectly natural.
  25. I am with you about almond toes being my favorite. I don't find a significant difference between the way pointy/almond/round fits, but maybe that's because although my big toe is the longest, it is by a mere millimeter. As far as square toes go, I've never owned a pair in my life of any style. Not even in the '90s did I succumb to the idea that square toes were ok. I think I can probably survive the rest of my life without square toes. I, also, have not bought men's shoes for a long while, but it has nothing to do with ankle reconstruction. Since neither of my ankles has ever been de-constructed, there is probably little reason for re-construction. My reason has to do with the width, since my feet are both short in length and narrow in width compared to what is commonly available for men's shoes in your typical retail establishment. Other than width (and sheer choice of colors and styles), I have not found a great deal of difference between the way a woman's shoe fits and a man's, if one is comparing similar styles. A men's size 7 Nike athletic shoe is going to fit similarly to a women's size 9 Nike athletic shoe, except for the width. Once you get into dress shoes, yes, I will agree there's a huge difference. The man's shoe is constructed much more sturdily, with thicker materials all around. A man's dress shoe will last many, many years if taken care of. Not so with women's dress shoes. I suppose that's ok with us because we like to switch it up a little more often than every 15 years. A woman's dress shoe is just a little wisp of a thing, init? Not very supportive, which is why we have to have stronger feet than your average person. Pumps did take me a long while to get right, but I think I've found a few pair that are a decent balance between staying on and not pinching my toes. I still don't understand how many women manage to slip into their pumps no-handed, yet not walk right out of them afterwards. That's one of the mysteries of life, I guess.
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