Oh, How I Loved Shoes

Almost as far back as I can remember, I loved shoes.  In high school, I spent all the cash I could muster on shoes.  Through my working years, I continued to spend way too much on shoes.  If I had a purple and yellow dress, I had purple and yellow shoes.  It isn’t funny but when I moved away from Lake Charles, my favorite shoe store closed!  I doubt it was my leaving town that resulted in their closing but the timing was suspect, don’t you think?

I can’t say when I quit caring about shoes but I certainly didn’t need tons of shoes when I wasn’t working and rarely left home.  But, I’ve come a very long way and shoes just do not matter to me.

Who would ever have thought these would be my new favorite shoes?


Saturday at the Amish store I got these rubber boots . . fleece lined rubber boots!  They’re perfect because my pants legs fit right in the boots.  The boots slip on, slip off easily, don’t flop around on my feet . . what more could I ask for in a pair of shoes?  🙂   We don’t wear shoes inside the house but no matter what shoes I wore out to the chicken coop, I got grass clippings on my pants and then had grass clippings all through the house.  I was already thinking about what shoes I was going to wear when we get snow.  Now I know . . my black rubber boots!  My snow boots lace up and I knew I wasn’t going to take the time to lace and unlace them as much as I go out and check for eggs.

When I go back up to the Amish store, I’m going to get a second pair so I can keep one pair downstairs and one pair upstairs.

It’s so nice to find a pair of shoes I love . . and for $19.  Think they’ll go nicely with my dress clothes?  Probably not but I spend a lot more time checking on my chickens than I do being dressed up.



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    I recently came across your blog, and I love it! Such great things to inspire me with!
    We have 4 children, and the youngest recently moved out of our room leaving a nice little corner for me to have my own little work space! Hooray!! I really love your design wall — I’ve only just used my bed/table/floor, etc — you get the picture, I’m sure!! So how did you do it? Is it just a sheet hung that you pin to, or is it a bulletin board? Please tell me!
    Thanks so much!

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    Cute!! Do those boots have the red trim around the top? I wish I could find barn boots that fit my chunky feet and mumbo jumbo cankles. 🙁
    I live in my crocs when I have to wear shoes and have the outside crocs and the go to town crocs. I saw Tim Gunn on tv the other day and he shudders when he says the words crocs. I laughed, poor man doesn’t know comfort!

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    pdudgeon says

    i often do exactly the same thing–buy a second pair of shoes that i love. As long as my shoes last i know that i won’t find another pair to replace the first ones when i need them. i love your new boots.

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    I also used to covet shoes. At one point I bought only Ferragamo but that turned out to be the signal that I was having foot and back issues. The Ferragamo’s were all I could wear for a while. Now I wear orthotics and stick basically to Munro, Aetrex and New Balance. They aren’t the most stylish shoes but my feet and back are sooooo happy!

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    Marilyn says

    I used to be that way too, Judy….but, now comfort is my thing. I could just live in
    my crocs, they are so comfortable . Ever tried a pair?

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    You are so endearingly funny. Who knows what path life is going to lead us to! I can only imagine what Stacey and Clinton on “What Not To Wear” would have to say about those boots. I personally find them delightful.

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    Karla says

    Judy I truly understand about the grass clippings that enter the house no matter what you do. I take my shoes off my husband won’t, its a never ending battle with nature 🙂

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    since Im not working, its barefoot w footsie socks in all colors.. snazzzzzzzy!.. lol or sturdy black shoes for biking/walking my feet feel much better than when I did dress shoes. Those boots serve the purpose, that counts.

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    girlfriend I live in my Crocs…ugly yes, easy on and easy off yes…like you I love my shoes but being on my feet all day requires comfort over style…Crocs are the perfect fit…enjoy your boots…

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    GREAT boots for your chicken-cooping activities!!! Actually, I hate my winter boots. We don’t get a lot of snow but the boots I have are not comfy and are hard to get on and take off…maybe I need to check the Amish store in Dover and see if they have boots like you got.

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    Ok Judy I have to know which Amish store you are going to because I need those boots! I’m going to send my sister to find it. 🙂 blessings, marlene

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    Darlene S says

    Judy, I too want to know the name of the Amish store where you got your boots. I assume it is somewhere in Missouri? Maybe near Lake of the Ozarks?

    I love reading your blog. I am also looking forward to meeting you in person in the near future when you speak at our guild.


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    Deb says

    I too, love your boots. We have “Bog Boots” which are rubber boots with neoprene. There are nice and warm in the spring when playing in the creek that runs behind the house (yes, we still do this!) and they keep our feet toasty in the 32 degree water, but not so much in the winter, but then not much does in -30 below. (Mukluks, actually) and around here, you see an awful lot of people wearing boots like yours, (and ours) in the grocery store and around town during the “mud” season. One thing I love about living here. No one really cares…

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    Carol says

    I was watching a sewing program on PBS with Martha Pullin (I think) and she devoted a program to “A Pink Tea”. I don’t think her Louisiana accent is that bad. We all have accents. Do you think you could wear those new boots to a pink tea?

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    Eve says

    LOVE the boots, Judy!! I got a pair last November at the local Talbots Outlet store for $3. Of course, mine don’t have the fuzzy lining, but I don’t need it way down here in Georgia. They’re great for tromping around the swamp that is my back yard, and to go get the mail on those rainy days. Congrats on your purchase!! Eve

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    love the new boots – and your post about them was perfect.. 🙂 I’m like you, use to care about shoes… but now that I’m a stay at home mom I don’t get too dressed up too often or even get to go shopping for that matter.

    I’m doing good if I can REMEMBER to get the kids shoes on the way out the door… and come Sunday you can bet I’m the last in the car b/c I’m just trying my darnedest to find TWO THAT MATCH for me to wear! 😛 The 2 year old twins love to play with them and they get misplaced fast.

    Love from Texas! ~bonnie

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    Betty says

    Hi Judy,
    aybe you could find a pair of clear ones that you could wear with some hand knitted socks for dress up times. I know they used to sell them. Then you could colour coordinate your socks with your clothes for going out.