Thursday, January 19, 2006

Confessions

If you read the title of this post and immediately thought of Usher...you are my new best friend.

So I got this piece of mail yesterday. It was from DSW. That's the Discount Shoe Warehouse for those of you who aren't in the know. I opened it up and out came a $25 gift certificate. Sweet! But what's the catch? I proceeded to read the enclosed letter. I'll transcribe it for my 2.7 readers.

"Dear Laurie,
It really does pay to love shoes! We're sending this Reward Your Style certificate because you spent $250 at DSW."

I did what?!? Yes, that's right folks. It appears that over the past year, I spent $250 on shoes. Granted there was a pair of black leather boots that counted for about $60 of that total...but that's still a whole lotta money to spend on shoes. In one year. Oh, and let me not forget to confess that I have purchased shoes at stores other than DSW as well. Which puts me in the $300 range. Maybe more. But let's look at the bright side. That works out to a mere $25 per month. And may I remind you that my shoes are frequently the subject of much conversation, compliments and admiration in various circles.

So really my shoe indulgence is a good thing. It brings joy and happiness to so many. Numerous women have been inspired to expand their shoe horizons because of me. Even guys have benefited. One male friend has commented on my "sassy" shoes in the past. Others have been able to explore the intricacies of the female psyche as prompted by discussions of the delight of cute shoes.

So I spent $250 on shoes last year. Just doing my part for this little corner of the world. You can all thank me later.

9 comments:

Karie said...

If you hadn't spent the $250, you couldn't have saved the $25! (That's my messed up shopping logic). Why not look great, I say?

Kristen said...

The right shoes can most certainly make the outfit. The type of shoes you wear can send different messages too. That's why many women have several pairs of black shoes. It depends on the way you want to come across. BTW, I like your sassy shoes, sister friend.

Erin said...

i am almost to the $250 mark, too! no shame girl...no shame. compare it to if your fetish were electronics or sporting equipment - those would end up costing you tons more. and shoes last potentially 10 years or so...i could go on and on...the reasons are endless. love live shoe-a-holics, quite possibly the least dangerous of all addictions. :)

Shanna said...

Shoe Blasphemy!!! DSW stands for DESIGNER Shoe Warehouse. Yes, it is true. That is why you spent $250.00 there. Designer does not equal discount!

Laurie said...

I LOVE all this shoe addiction affirmation. Thanks ladies! Shanna, you are totally right...I had a brain fart and called DSW by the wrong name. But I still spend lots of money there, so I think I can be forgiven.

Mike said...

For all the talk about how much women spend on shoes, I think we guys spend at least as much (though we end up with fewer shoes in our closets). I can spend $250 at Larry's and still leave with a free hand to open the door on the way out.

Now, granted, Larry's isn't DSW (no real discounts at Larry's), but if you're looking for shoes that actually fit, it's one of the few places guys can go.

EBay said...

I just gave away 2 large trash bags full of shoes, dwindling my collection down to 47 pairs (not including slippers). And Laurie, you really DO always have great shoes on! I say take your $25 gift certificate up to DSW as soon as you get the chance! After all, we definitely don't want them to go out of business!!

Jessica said...

Hilarious post and comments - I have to confess that I have been afraid to count my shoes as I have managed to accumulate two over-the-door hanging racks and a small armoire full. But Erin - you may have inspired me to do a little spring cleaning... :)

riles said...

At least you get to buy multiple pairs of shoes for that! I have bought three pairs of shoes (one pair dress shoes and basketball and running shoes; I also had another pair re-soled for $60) and am about to buy some new work boots. I am going to be matching you soon! And no, I'm not metro. Don't even think it.