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Monday Shoe Porn: Sarah’s Collection Part One

April 26, 2010

Ally: What a weekend! Despite binge eating pizza, cake and guacamole and washing that all down with a box of wine, our 1st official FPQT board meeting was a smashing success. Oh, we have plans, y’all. Plans that require “action items”. We’re serious up in here.  Sunday was equally as satisfying as we enjoyed a write-up of our first birthday party in the Chronicle Herald. Alas, it is back to important blog business. Today is Monday, and we must bring you porn. We have the good shit today, my friends. Reader Sarah has seriously delivered the goods. Her collection is going to be a two-parter simply because I worry about getting you too excited on a Monday morning. I’m going to come right out and say it: I think Sarah’s collection is my favourite thus far. Gasp! I KNOW! I just played favourites. I’m losing it over her shoes,though. Cannot deal. Here’s Sarah with her intro and description of her shoes…

Sarah: My shoe passion started like most of us, Barbie and all of the outfits and shoes she had, because of all the fantastic places she had to go. My literal translation of this passion began with my first part-time job in high school and I have yet to look back. Despite job loss, full-time course loads and then the paying back of student loans, my shoe collection kept growing. At its height: 160 pairs. But recently to celebrate my 30th birthday, I donated 30 pairs to charity, hopefully, those heels will bring the same smile they brought me, to other women in Halifax. (And next year, it will be 31 pairs and so on and so on).

(Ally: This is awesome)

(L-A: I’m not sure what blows me away more: that she had 160 shoes or that she’s giving her shoes away to charity in order to share the shoe love).


Practical Nine West’s: Town Shoes, built in platform (what I consider the best invention since sliced bread – I say phoeey on Space Travel and 3D movies)

JLo: Internet, bought exclusively for the Sex and the City movie premiere (and never worn since). Need to start shopping for SATC 2! (L-A: you have to come to our SATC 2 party so we can see your shoes!)

Tiffany Blue (don’t know the brand name): bought in Vegas. There is a store in the outlet mall at the “desert” end of the strip and they have all these ball gowns, but set aside is a little corner with shoes. And all the shoes are $10. So when anyone I know visits Vegas, I give them $10 and say size 6!

(L-A: Those are adorable! so much cuteness in a size 6 shoe! I want to have Betty Draper hair and white gloves and wear these shoes.)

Pink Moc Croc: Transit. These work in a pinch. I usually keep them in my office for just in case times.


Black sandals: Transit. Bought before the gladiator trend and having travelled Europe this summer: they pack well and they work with shorts and with dresses.

Wooden Wedges: PEI Bridge Mall store. Just unique I had to have them and they come out every summer. (Ally: LOVE THESE)

Nine West Graffiti: Town Shoes. Low heel, but again, cute and unique. These were my first pair of “name brand” shoes, so even though they are showing signs of ageing, I can’t part with them! (Ally: DO NOT PART WITH THESE. THEY ARE AMAZEBALLS)


Tweed Maddens: Steve Madden store, Vegas. Yes, they are a size too big and thus, I have only ever been able to wear them at home, watching tv. But four words: They. Were. On. Sale. (Ally: Clearly, you needed to buy them. I support this decision)


Booties: Winners. I had just seen a pair of actual Steve Maddens that kind of looked like these, but lets admit, a little pricer than these look-a-likes!


Leopard print: Internet. You need to have at least one pair of animal print and these are made from microfibre, so they feel great!


Pink lace: Internet. Just loved the heel and colour. Not something I wear everyday and lets be honest, with this type of shoe you have to be careful WHAT you wear with them!


Crochet: Internet. Again a unique shoe. How many people have (and I guess, want) crocheted shoes?

Black pumps: Italy. Let’s just admit: if you go to Milan you have to come back with a pair of shoes. I came back with two.


JLo: Town Shoes. These were bought to celebrate my 10 year high school reunion and they were so comfy (built in platform) that they come out of the closet a lot once the nice, open toe weather starts.


Tartan: Internet. Again, if you should have black pumps and animal print, why not a little Highland Fling?


Green: Transit. Green ombre shoes. What I like about these, is a friend bought them without really trying them on and she gave them to me, two days after I had donated shoes. Karma, eh?


Brown patterns: a store in T.O. Again, just different, something I don’t already have, although they haven’t been worn much, as matching them to outfits has been tricky.


Pink: Vegas Store. Another $10 find, that barely made it alive from walking the strip! (Ally: I read that as “Working the Strip” and for a moment, I had a wee head tilt. Not that I would have judged!)

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. LisaM permalink
    April 26, 2010 7:59 am

    I have the Steve Madden booties you talk about.They exact a heavy price. They KILL my feet. I kept thinking that if I kept wearing them I would “break them in” and that I could justify the price :-)

    • allygarbs permalink*
      April 26, 2010 8:16 am

      Oh,Lisa. I love your shoes as well. I can help you break in the booties! ; )

  2. April 26, 2010 9:13 am

    As a shoe addict myself, this is a great way to start the Monday. I really admire the fact that you are willing to part with these shoes to make someone else’s day! Kudos to you.

  3. April 26, 2010 9:48 am

    Oooohhhh…I just about choked on my muffin!

    160 PAIRS OF SHOES!!!!???? Where the eff do you keep them? Perhaps you have an envy-worthy display like Eden? Please share…And kudos on the giving back. What a great idea. Karma will pay you back with more spectacular shoes!

    And reader Sarah, I don’t know you, but we seem to have the same affinity for what I think is the perfectly shaped shoe…and love of the blessed platform.

    Thanks for sharing; looking forward to the rest!

    • L-A permalink*
      April 26, 2010 10:01 am

      Jo: did you love the bootie? I immediately thought of you when I saw a bootie covered in ruffles.

    • allygarbs permalink*
      April 26, 2010 10:29 am

      Agree re: the platform, Jo. I wonder if we should do a lesson on the platform. Maybe not all of our readers are aware of the benefits!

  4. April 26, 2010 12:16 pm

    Thanks all!

    I await the day that my “Mr. Big” buys a luxury abode and builds me a shoe closet that will rival any display structure the Smithsonian has; until that day, the shoes sit in 106lt Rubbermaid containers (she types as she bows her head in shame).

    The Platform – what can you say besides the fact it revolutionizes the way we Shoe lovers operate? People constantly complain about high heels, but they are wearing shoes that have less that a centimetre of structure underneath their feet!

    My days of hiding flats in my purse are over, viva la platform shoe revolution!

    • L-A permalink*
      April 26, 2010 4:36 pm

      If my husband had seen the SATC movie, he’d probably be thinking he dodged a bullet on the dream shoe closet. All he had to do was give me a ring. Dudes of the world: forget three months salary on a ring! You need custom closets! (I kid…sort of.)

      • May 7, 2010 1:32 pm

        Le husband proposed sans ring (gasp), and I could care less. I have a lovely husband, a beautiful wedding band and an awesome engagement bathroom…

        • L-A permalink*
          May 7, 2010 2:21 pm

          I love that you have an engagement bathroom. We were poor students, so there was no three month salary ring or shoe closet the size of a small apartment – and I’m okay with that.

  5. Jen A. permalink
    May 19, 2010 6:48 pm

    My friend is going to Vegas soon…what is the name of the fantasy shoe place and the location so I can get some kick ass vintage shoes?

    • L-A permalink*
      May 19, 2010 10:31 pm

      Sarah couldn’t remember the name (I went to twitter to find out), but said it’s in the Las Vegas Outlet Centre, not far from the Luxor. Good luck! I hope your friend finds fantastic shoes for you.

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