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  1. High stiletto rounded closed toe pumps with a low mounted mary jane type strap
  2. I sure hate to loose an old friendly place. I made the decision a few years back to go into a store to actually try them on during a public shopping trip just before Halloween. My premise was dressing as the Bride of Frankenstein when they had the Brash Luna and Kosmic platform pumps. The sales associate was very very helpful. She helped me determine what seemed to be the best fit between a 12M, 12W, 13M, and 13W in both the stiletto and wedge heel. She made me feel at ease as I did make the purchase of the 13M Kosmic. I continued to shop and try on different styles several times thereafter over the next several years. Sadly, on one trip a couple of years back, an SA made a comment about my returning to just try on shoes which made me feel uncomfortable. I left and did not return to that store but on my later trips, I s. aw nothing to make me want to try. Overall, the styles in most places are no better. It is just a sign of the times that boring feet are preferred. But my pleasant memories will remain as the business fades into the history.
  3. Welcome to the group. I became fascinated with heels after seeing this statement in the 1965 Spring/Summer Alden's Catalog - "Her First Heels -Just a little bit higher to delight her,; low enough for healthful foot comfort." I then tried a pair of my Mom's 6 1/2 size to be disappointed as too small. I soon did find a pair of my Grandmother's quarter-strap open-toe 2 1/4" suede saddles from the early 1950's. I was "delighted with the comfortable" feeling" they produced. My junior high female peers were beginning to experience their first days wearing heels. The sound, the silhouette, the altered movement, and the joy they seemed to have made me somewhat jealous. I quickly outgrew my Grandmother's 8 1/2 size and for the next 5 years could only dream. As a freshman in college, I made my first purchases via catalogs from Wards, Aldens and Penneys during that year. The first was a 1 1/8" black shiny pair of size 10M triple strap Mary-Janes. I next ordered a pair of 2 7/8" white stiletto classic plain pumps in a size 11B. I had never worn such a height on so small of heel imprint but found no problem with them as I had seen my peers years earlier. Now 50+ years later, the collection is larger as also my foot size has increased to 12W/13M limiting my choices but I can still move in them. I have not yet made the first public excursion but there is still some hope.
  4. I noticed there has been no weekly deals sent to the phone for the last month - wondered what was happening. Sad to hear.
  5. I was fortunate enough to observe my female peers during junior high begin wearing their first heels in the mid 1960s and by the time the 70s arrived, the shoe styles had changed to the "frumpy clunky blocks." There were some which were not really tall but still had an essence of beauty with a curvy shape. The straight lines just do not do justice to the female silhouette.
  6. Those white booties brought back a favorite memory from the mid 1960s ... the White Corsages Backzip Pointed Toe Boot with the plastic 1" black heel. Those were so popular with my school peers. That was the first female foot ware I wanted to have a pair of my own. Like my parents would have approved that - not as a tween.
  7. I had a nightmare which woke me this morning. She was not understanding; not one bit and I awoke before it ended. You are very fortunate to have her attitude of accepting.
  8. Congratulations on your find of a classic silhouette. Nothing really compares.
  9. Just the kind of style for the up-coming generation. They want their things to be all fluff and give them warm fuzziy's all the time. Not realistic in the real world. Can you imagine what happens when it rains on someone's parade in these things?
  10. Your timing and mine are kind of close. I was embarrassed in front of my peers in kindergarten because I did not know black patent leather shoes were something girls wore and boys did not. I learned that day girls got to wear pretty neat shoes which guys didn't get to wear. The Mary-Jane was a common school shoe choice for the young ladies back in the mid 1950's. Wow are those days gone. Pretty shoes were a common daily style not reserved for special occasions. Oh how I wanted to try a pair of those black patent leather Mary-Janes. Finally in 1970 at 18, the Montgomery Ward fall sales catalog had on sale for $3.99, a Black Shiny Man-made upper with a Trio of Tiny straps. If one strap caught my fancy, three of them were so much better. That was my first and I have always had that special feeling for a Mary-Jane style pump over just about everything else.
  11. How did the weekend event go for you anf the others?
  12. I have a couple of pairs of hidden heels from Payless. The only way to really notice they have a hidden wedge is by the instep being more prominent. I have worn them out quite frequently. The one which is similar to your Converse has maybe a 2" heel while the other is closer to 3" in height. Your boots are very inspiring. Welcome back to adding posts.
  13. Have you thought of the possibility of a contact cement, Barge's is a common tool in the shoe repair shops.
  14. Not sure they shrink, but mine went from a size 10 B that had a bit of a tight fit to a 12 W or a 13 M over the last 50 years.
  15. My earliest recollection of "playing" with heels is not what most would think. They were my mother's and I was using them like a set of barricades on a street with my Tonka dump-truck. I had no inkling to try them on as that was not my interest as a very young kid. It may have been shortly thereafter I was exposed to the realities that girls wore black patent shoes which looked nothing like the black shoes I was wearing. After that "humiliation" in front of the rest of my peers did I develop the interest in why girls got to wear different shoes from the boys. From then on, I became a connoisseur of the female foot ware but never could act on my interest until I shuffled off to college. Sadly, since then, the female shoe styles have almost completely mimicked the same styles as the guy as the preference moved to athletic styles. It seems most females despise the ability to wear heels freely as it was once the standard. Congratulations on your acquisitions. Back when I purchased my first, the largest sizes was predominately a 10B or 10M. Over the last 50 years since then. my size has increased to a 12W or a 13M. I had some great fun back then with some fantastic styles and colors that are no longer abundant. So many styles today and for the last 4 to 5 years have just been plain boring to me.
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