Thursday, March 16, 2017

My Secret Love Affair with Shoes


Congratulations to "Celia L.", the winner in Alexia's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

If you read my bio, you’ll see that romance books are basically my way to live vicariously while I’m currently entrenched in the life of a suburban mother and wife. I give my heroines things I’d love to have if money and time were no object. So when I was creating Kat Smith, the leading lady in Masquerading with the Billionaire, I endowed her with a couple of my own secret passions, an obsession with shoes and lingerie.

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Based on my current footwear, you’d probably never guess that I’m a closet shoe lover (pun intended). As I work from home and have four children to outfit with footwear on a shockingly regular basis, I’m not able to indulge my shoe weakness very often. Plus, necessity has made me a clearance-rack-only shopper. I couldn’t imagine spending even $100 on a pair of shoes, never mind the thousands the really gorgeous shoes command. With my heroine, however, that wasn’t an issue. So here are two of the pairs that she wears in the book.

The first, a pair of black patent leather and animal print Louboutins, she wears as a pick-me-up after hitting another dead-end in her search for her missing younger sister. I don’t know about you, but if I had these shoes in my closet I’d probably wear them even to do the dishes. 

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Another fabulous pair she wears to the ballet. These Jimmy Choo Cinderella shoes are custom-made by order and decorated with thousands of Swarovski crystals. At a whopping $4600 I’d be too scared to wear them anywhere, but they sure are pretty to look at. If you’d like to see more of the shoes and other outfits I picked out for Kat, please visit my Pinterest board for Masquerading with the Billionaire.  

However, it is possible to find a special pair of shoes for next to nothing, if you’re willing to slog through the dross. These shoes, my current favourites, were found in the most unlikely of places – Walmart. I love these shoes because they are not only purple cheetah print (no purple cheetahs were hurt in the making of my shoes), they are surprisingly comfy and only cost $20. Gorgeous, comfortable, cheap—triple win! 

What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a pair of shoes? Or if you’re a cheap-skate like me, what were your best bargain pair?


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20 comments:

  1. I bought an Italian pair of white small heel shoes with lace inserts, half-price, for "only $235" Oh my those were the days... Can't remember the name as being anything special, but the white leather was glorious, and the lace inserts were sublime. Ahhhhh. I still have them, but I'm going to give them away very shortly - I'm very hard on shoes, and I didn't take care of them through umpteen moves. Sigh. Another lifetime ago. :)

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    1. It's amazing what a good cobbler can do to resurrect a quality pair of shoes. But sometimes with shoes it's the memories that are the greatest value. Don't think I could ever give away my wedding shoes although I'll probably never wear them again.

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  2. I'm not a big spender on shoes, but there were a couple of time I scored a bargain buying a pair of pricey stilettos only $90 or so (it's a 70% off, imagine my glee), and then there's a 50% off pumps I purchased for less than $100. The good thing is nowadays I'm more comfortable with sandals, which made my shoe-spending less or almost non existing. ;-)

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    1. Oooh! 70% off now you're talking my language. A couple of my favourite shoes stores went out a business a few years ago and I scored some amazing deals. But, alas, now my options are severely restricted. No more bargains = no more shoes. *insert sad face*

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  3. I have to admit, I'm not a shoe aficionado by any stretch of the imagination. I like my shoes sturdy and well built. I think I spend the most on winter boots and the only shoes of mine that have heels are work shoes so I can be a little taller LOL But they must be on sale!!

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    1. A good pair of winter boots is a must. Mine have a tread that rivals an off-road vehicle's tires. But slipping and falling is not elegant so I choose comfort and reliability over fashion there, too. Thanks for stopping by and commenting today.

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  4. Best buy was a pair of Birkenstock sandals for $8.99 - end of season clearance.

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    1. Wow! $9 for Birkenstocks, score!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting today. Cheers! Alexia

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  5. I am not really a shoes kind of girl, but I do love a great bargain!

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  6. Bargains are the best. Thanks for stopping by today! Alexia

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  7. I've worn hard plastic orthotics for 17 years now (and, my oh my, is it ever nice NOT to have plantar fasciitis flare up for several months at a time). As a result, I basically wear runners outside the home but have learned that thick-socked feet work well inside the home (rather than wearing the runners/orthotics like I had to do 24/7 when the p.f. first flared up). I've thrown out all sandals and all slippers, as the p.f. flares when toes dig into the ground, so to speak.
    When my daughter got married a couple of years ago, I wore 35-year-old black open-toed 2" heels with redone heels and polished everywhere - because I knew that they were the only pair of heels I owned that wouldn't cause problems, and I wasn't willing to go out and buy new shoes and take that chance on my daughter's happiest day of her life. I WAS wearing a long royal-blue gown whereby black heels went well with the ensemble (plus all the bridesmaids wore black heels, etc. too), and nobody said a word. I took the heels off as soon as possible and never had repercussions afterwards. That, to me, was my best deal.

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    1. Oooh plantar fasciitis sounds painful. Great job on repurposing your shoes for your daughter's wedding. Thanks for stopping by and commenting today. All the best, Alexia

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  8. I always look for bargains. Yes, my leather boots and sandals cost a lot more than a pair of 5€ tennis shoes, but I love them all equally. Even if they last only a season, I'm happy because it gives me a reason to buy new ones.

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    1. I'm a bargain hunter, too. My favorite section is marked 'clearance.' Thanks for stopping by and commenting today.

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  9. I absolutely adore shoes!!! I'm short, measuring in at a whopping 5'1" and my husband is 6'4" so the higher the heel the better! And I'll be rockin' the heels when I'm ninety!!

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    1. Go you! Unfortunately my husband is only 4 inches taller than me so when I'm on my highest heels were the same height. The odd time we go out together and I'm in flats he looks down on me like he's some kind of giant. Thanks for stopping by today. Cheers! Alexia

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  10. Thank you, Maureen for hosting me today! I always have a blast on JCR. xx Alexia xx

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  11. It is my dream to own a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes. One day...

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