One Last Pair

“One last pair of shoes.”

Nike SB Dunks Concepts
Nike SB Dunks Concepts

The last thing I need is another pair of shoes. I don’t. It’s absurd. However, this pair of shoes is going to symbolize something meaningful. These shoes are going will be the beginning of a new chapter. I’ll actually probably never wear them because of how much they will mean to me.

I’ve often avoided situations where I thought I would fail. An easy wait to protect yourself from the pain that comes with it. I never really felt mediocre until recently. Wondering where this was coming from, I took a hard look at certain things and realized.

You never know if you’re making the right decision. It could be a decision you regret. You never know if it’s the right time. Timing isn’t always key. We all have fears that we have to conquer and it just becomes harder as you get older.

These were the last shoes I decided on purchasing for awhile
These were the last shoes I decided on purchasing for a while

Am I making the best decision? Am I going to be happy? Is it going to be hard? Is it the right time? Who the hell knows because I sure don’t. All I really know is that I’ll have regrets. Regrets eat you alive more than any other feeling.

Don’t Have Regrets.

Life Lesson: I Have Too Many Shoes

All these shoes in the world and they need a happy home. I can provide that.
All these shoes in the world and they need a happy home. I can offer that.

Disclaimer: One can never own too many shoes. It isn’t possible. It’s an oxymoron. If someone tells you that you own too many shoes, say “Goodbye.” You don’t need that negativity in your life.

I bitch. I worry. I over think. I’m not organized in the traditional sense of the word. I could go on and on. One thing I’ve learned as of lately and I literally mean as of lately, is that the only thing I really have control over is where I am going and how I’m going to get there.

It’s really easy to get into a creative rut and it’s easy to stay there whether you want to or not. You think that you are trying everything to get out of it but your approach is really wrong. I learned that I can’t look at the past failures and correct those. I have to look at past failures and realize what went wrong, accept that, move on to the next chapter. Getting stuck in those failures does nothing but deter you from the greatness that you are suppose to do in life. I know I sound like a Oprah Winfrey episode but I’m serious.

Everyone has a chapter in their life where things didn’t go as smoothly as they wanted them to. It wouldn’t be life without these bumps.

Honestly, this post had nothing to do with shoes except that I own too many shoes and that is a life lesson. Don’t ya think?

Sunday Shoes:Nu Shooz

.....or gay man.....
…..or gay man…..

It’s nothing new that I have an addiction to shoes. Shoes make me really happy. I find shoes as a way to help represent my mood rather than wearing black all the time.

Generally, I go for things that stand out to me. Which then becomes a problem because I’ll sometimes get one use out of it. However, I don’t feel as bad because I’ve almost mastered the art of finding the shoes I want(especially the designers) on sale.

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The one I was really excited about was the “The Rabbit” CA by Cinzia Araia. The one that literally allows the wearer of the shoe to have limitless options in tying their shoe. Only problem, it’s kind of complicated but it’s kind of fun creating your own statement.

One day, I’ll grow tiresome of shoes but until then “These Boots Are Made For Walking!”

 

Current Obsession: Irregular Choice

“…..because ugly shoes are a global issue.”—Solestruck

Irregular-Choice-shoes-State-Of-Flux-(White-White-Lights)-010605

Currently obsessing over “State of Flux” a brand spanking new shoe from Irregular Choice! At first glance, it’s just a basic white tennis sneaker. Take a second glance and all eyes on your feet as you light up the room.

It is a total flashback to the L.A. Gear sneakers of the 90’s that almost every kid had! I am in a deep state of lust for these!

Shoes On My Feet

Need I really say more? You probably do not know, but I have an affinity for shoes. As if the world my world will crumble around me if I don’t have more shoes in my closet than I can actually wear at any given moment. Remember when I said I donated a bunch of shoes? As a present to myself for donating shoes, I end up with 5 new pairs in my closet. Clearly, I have a problem.

I love shoes. This has been my summer through shoes.

Breathe Again

 

This song is beautiful
This song is beautiful

“And I can’t stop thinkin’ about. About the way my life would be. No I can’t stop thinkin’ about. How your love could be leavin’ me. And I can’t get you outta my mind. God knows how hard I tried. And if you walked right out my life. God knows I surely die!……..That, I shall never, never breathe again. Breathe again!”

This is something myself doing quite often about you. As long as I can remember you’ve been an important factor in my life. It’s a different kind of love. You mean so much to me. You really do. I hold you to a different light in my life. I appreciate all that you done. The times through good and bad, you’ve helped me make it through. I really do and now this is really hard for me to say.

I think we need to take a break from each other. Just a little while. You’ll understand someday. I just want you to have the strength and courage to remain strong as I’ll do the same for you. If things remain afterwards then “We’re in this love together and we got the kind that’ll last forever!”-Al Jarreau I’m embarking on a different path and while I know you’ll be there right by my side, supporting me the entire time, I need to do this on my own. I need to appreciate you for all your worth! Appreciate the beauty of you! Treat you like you all that your worth! Can you understand the pain? Can you stand the rain?

Just taking a needed break from buying shoes that I really have no use for. Just trying to plan a little more responsibly for the next chapter in life!

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Sunday Shoes: Normal Shoes

I finally caved. I got a pair of shoes that are so normal it’s not even funny. I bought a pair of Vans in the classic style slip-on.  Checkered black on black. It was cool until I realized how uncomfortable it was. Literally was cutting off the circulation in my foot!!!Totally uncomfortableTotally uncomfortable

So after wearing them twice, I brought them back and actually exchanged them for the Vans in a classic lace style. SO MUCH BETTER!!!!!!! At $50 a pair, it’s a pretty good deal.

Much better
Much better

Sunday Shoes: The Second Chance

2014 Cinzia Araia
2014 Cinzia Araia

“Sometimes you don’t get a second chance. You need to take a chance when you have the opportunity. Always.” 

Remember way back when I was obsessed with CA by Cinzia Araia’s Rabbit Sneaker? . Remember how much I loved that shoe. I even used the brand as a marketing project assignment which I got an A- despite not being able to get in touch with the right department because of the Italian Stock Market rules, do you remember?

This was my end all be all for shoes last year. I had to have it. I cried when I couldn't.
This was my end all be all for shoes last year. I had to have it. I cried when I couldn’t.

Then the day came that I was going to go buy myself a pair. I thought that I deserved it. Only to get to Barney’s and find out that being a unisex shoe and European it was cut a little bit more on the narrow side so it wouldn’t work for me. *Insert Tear Face*

Shoe designers speak the truth
Shoe designers speak the truth

I was able to recover from my “Life Is Over Moment” but I found myself still drawn to Cinzia’s brand philosophy “Vison-design. A technical description of Cinzia Araia’s shoes.” and my favorite line “A transformation always in progress.”  So in the midst of my shoe shopping addiction, I always find myself on the same sites and I thought why not check up what Cinzia is up to. Imelda, Goddess of Shoes heard my cries. The menswear line for 2014 is on point.

This brand has so much character. Each shoe tells a story about the person wearing it
This brand has so much character. Each shoe tells a story about the person wearing it

This is my second chance and I hope that I never have to go through this again. They’re just so effortless.

Sunday Shoes: YRU Lowf FUQ

Solestruck box.....Clever advertising
Solestruck box…..Clever advertising
I’m pretty sure by now you understand how much of a shoe addict I am. I discovered this brand YRU, late last summer at Thom Browne in Boston. Well, their loafers or “Lowfs” are pretty amazing, I must say.
Solestruck Poster
Solestruck Poster

They’re pretty obscene. Pretty obnoxious. They’re downright blunt and to the point with words spelling out “CU NT” or “FU CK”. I bought a pair of the Lavi$h on Karmaloop and I bought the Fuq on Solestruck.

Solestruck was the experience. Considering that they were out of stock and waiting on an order to be filled I was expecting to wait awhile. The fit is amazing. It’s going to even be more amazing once, the weather calms down and I can wear them in more. They’re comfortable. Soft. Solestruck also includes band aids that say “Shoe Addict” as well as a musical cd and a poster. Highly recommended.