Glorious, Glamorous Shoes: If the shoe fits, buy one in every colour

Designer shoes, sexy shoes, sensible shoes (Thank you, Robin Williams) - I love shoes. When I was just a little girl, I read two fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm that had a profound effect on my little-girl, developing psyche. The one "The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf", was a cautionary tale about the cost of the pride. The other, "The Red Shoes", was another cautionary tale about the high cost of pride. They both also involved young girls, girls of just about my age, and beautiful shoes.

The moral conclusion was obvious - lusting after beautiful shoes, and being prideful about owning them would send my poor little soul straight to you-know-where. I didn't find many cautionary tales about grown women and beautiful shoes, so I decided that growing up would mitigate the curse. I also concluded the only truly safe thing to do was actually to buy the shoes. That way I could completely avoid lusting after them, and simply enjoy them. Much better solution!

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Strappy red peep-toes - photo credit: kaboodle.comBlack T-Strap Stilettos - photo credit: stormfront.comAnkle-Wrap heels - photo credit: the stylegroup.com
Strappy red peep-toes - photo credit: kaboodle.com
Strappy red peep-toes - photo credit: kaboodle.com
Black T-Strap Stilettos - photo credit: stormfront.com
Black T-Strap Stilettos - photo credit: stormfront.com
Ankle-Wrap heels - photo credit: the stylegroup.com
Ankle-Wrap heels - photo credit: the stylegroup.com

The Red Shoes

"The Red Shoes" treatise has become synonymous with addictions of all kinds, but having a thing for red shoes doesn't necessarily make one an addict. Does it? Really? I think not.

But, I digress. Red shoes are a wardrobe necessity for any fashion forward female. So are black shoes, green shoes, brown shoes, spectator pumps, peep-toes, sling-backs, and every kind of print you can imagine.

Metallics are still very big, and embellishments range from modest studding to fanciful, jewelry-like decorations.

Gone are the days of a simple, self-fabric bow or toe-buckle, though stylish flats are often decorated with an up-dated version in a contrasting fabric or metallic finish.

Punch-work and leather tooling in intricate, delicate designs on soft suede-like finishes is very popular, as is the wide range of styles available in shiny patent leather.

Both are the perfect compliment to any daytime wardrobe, but move easily into night-time wear.

Nine West's line of daytime semi-formal court pumps are simply great with an up-town power suit, but they work equally well under a classy pant and co-ordinating blazer ensemble.

Jeans have definitely gone upscale and Spring's classy Bonfire peep-toe beautifully lengthens the leg. The early warming trends will be all the more delightful with a comfy yet classic sandal.

The trendy Capri pants of last summer will be back, updated, and super for a casual weekend or an afternoon outing. Take them to town or country with a great pair of espadrilles, or suede flats.

Pair them up with a fab pair of patent boots for a totally glam look, or with knee-high fleece-lined suede for a casual effect.

What's not to please with these two lovelies?

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The Pleaser from Bordello - photo credit: shopper.comRed Sling-Backs - photo credit about.com
The Pleaser from Bordello - photo credit: shopper.com
The Pleaser from Bordello - photo credit: shopper.com
Red Sling-Backs - photo credit about.com
Red Sling-Backs - photo credit about.com

Tips for Comfy Tootsies

What's not to love about fabulous pumps? Shoes have come a long way from the pointy-toed foot wreckers of past generations.

Ill-fitting shoes are one a the greatest causes of foot woes today. Gel insoles and a proper fit can go a long way to ensuring your comfort.

Changing shoes part-way through the day can also relieve strain on your Achilles tendon, and ensure it won't be permanently shortened by wearing heels all the time. Keeping a pair of flats handy can also ease your feet after a long day.

Famous Designers

Some designers, though, make such beautiful shoes it's hard not to want to wear them 24/7. Laboutin, Prada, Manolo Blahnik - all well-respected designers of totally yummy shoes.

Their offerings span the spectrum from dainty evening slippers to great boots, classy pumps, and comfy sandals, all in the latest styles and quality materials.

Manolo Blahnik is making a name for himself as a designer of high-style, high fashion heels.

His unique, sometimes whimsical, but always interesting designs can't be mistaken for anyone else's work.

Even his reserved creations are distinctive and stylish, adding that dash of glamor to lift his footwear just a notch above the rest, whether with a unique embellishment or eye-catching combination of colors and textures..

Their names roll of the tongue like honey - names to conjure by - the names of the "shoe gods" who create the lovely shoes we crave. Row upon row, a pair for every outfit, a pair for every whim, and a shoe closet out of a little girl's fantasy.

Some day, I'll have a shoe wardrobe, a pair for every whim, for every outfit, for every season.

Whether you prefer the tried and true classics such as Balenciaga, Prada, Fendi, Chanel, and Gucci, or the more modern Christian Laboutin, and Manolo Blahnik, designer shoes and designer look-alike shoes and accessories can be purchased in a wide range of prices - something to suit any budget.

You can never have too many shoes...

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pddm67 6 years ago from Queens, New York

A nice first hub. I also love shoes, although probably not as much as you do :-) May need abigger closet soon - but not just yet. Rock on!


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Imelleda 6 years ago from East of the Sun, West of the Moon Author

Thanks so much, pddm7. Glad to meet another shoe lover ;)


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

I agree, very good first hub - welcome to HubPages!


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Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

Fantastic hub. You really know your shoes and I really love the graphic. Welcome to hub pages and may all your hubs be this wonderful.


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Even as a male, I enjoyed seeing the huge range of quality shoes.


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IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

Beautiful shoes! I'm drooling just looking at them, even though they would be completely incompatible with my lifestyle now. Welcome to hubpages :)


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Imelleda 6 years ago from East of the Sun, West of the Moon Author

Thanks so much, Enelle. I really appreciate your comments, and thanks for the warm welcome.

Thanks to you, too, internetwrite62. You could say I have made a "study" of shoes ;)

Thanks, earnesthub. I have always thought a wide selection is a good thing ;)

IzzyM, I thank you. I would love a pair of each but must console myself with a more selective shoe wardrobe just now.


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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I need new shoes! I need the Rugged, Stable kind befitting of a humble man. Hopefully they can be multi-purpose too, Lol. Welcome to HubPages.


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Imelleda 6 years ago from East of the Sun, West of the Moon Author

Hey, Timothy Donnelly, nice to meet you, too, and thanks for the warm welcome!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

I personally have never had a thing for shoes. But know lots of people who do. You've done a great job on this hub.

Welcome to hubpages.

Sage


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Imelleda 6 years ago from East of the Sun, West of the Moon Author

Thanks so much Sage. I've heard a lot of great things about this place! Glad to be here.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida

My Grandma had a cautionary tale. She was 80 when she showed me her baby toe had grown over the one next to it on both feet and she had corns. She had to wear special stockings and shoes.

When she was young the button shoes were in style and she begged for them. But she had large feet, so she didn't like the look and told them they were too big. They brought her smaller and smaller until she was satisfied with how they looked. Of course, having begged her pride would not let her tell her Father that they hurt her feet, because they were too small.

She said, Never let pride win over comfort. I was a big girl with big feet. I wonder now if those shoes didn't just make me look silly, I know I will always feel like I was a silly silly girl. (She was 6' tall, and weighed 200 lbs when she got those tiny shoes.)


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Imelleda 6 years ago from East of the Sun, West of the Moon Author

Wow! That's quite a tale. She was right, Faybe Bay. I finally threw out all my shoes that pinched or gave me blisters ;-)

I am big fan of "It's gotta fit!" Nothing is cute enough to hurt over.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Here is my order for one pair of the black stilettos (I have a wedding to go to next month and they would go perfect with my outfit) and one pair the red sling backs please (I would wear these to my friends wedding in July and would have to build the outfit to go with these red beauties)

love the hub

regards Zsuzsy


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Imelleda 6 years ago from East of the Sun, West of the Moon Author

Thanks so much, Ms. Bee. I'll get those to you right away. Could you use in leopard print as well?


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Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast

Awesome hub, Imelleda! I used to have hundreds of shoes and was known for my shoes ... then I became a mom ... my feet grew during my 2nd pregnancy and never went back ... and I stopped working. I'm down to around 100 now, most of which no longer fit but I refuse to get rid of them because they're too beautiful! Now I just look at them, sigh, and slip in to my Swarovski-adorned Havaiana flip-flops, my just-about-every-day-shoes!

Welcome to HP - I look forward to reading more of your hubs!


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Imelleda 6 years ago from East of the Sun, West of the Moon Author

Oh, I know how what you mean, Lily Rose...I have had to give up some of my favorite high heels because of two wrecked knees that I can no longer trust. They are sooo pretty, though. I went through a "sensible shoes" period, but am now getting back into lower heels. YAY


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I personally own way to many shoes and purses for that matter, my husband told me that I could have a store in my closet. lololo I do have to say those pumps above are adorable! I wonder if I have room in my collection? mmmmm I will definitely have to check back on this one. :)


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Imelleda 6 years ago from East of the Sun, West of the Moon Author

You can never own too many shoes and purses ;) not as long as you can find a place to stash 'em! Louboutin are some of the best, no?


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couponalbum 6 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

I am a huge fan of Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik shoes. They are simply awesome and they have what a woman wants in a stylish pair of shoes. I also have a hub on designer shoes. Liked your hub and joined your fanclub. And now I would like to invite to join my community. Thanks for a nice hub!!


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Imelleda 6 years ago from East of the Sun, West of the Moon Author

Thanks so much for your comments - I'll be happy to come and see your hubs!

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