October 14, 2010

Yes, they’re Louboutin

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Image from Christian Louboutin

I was in law school when I saw my first pair of Christian Louboutin shoes. Loo-Boo-Tahn. Say it with me. Slowly. Looooo-Booooo-Taaaaaaahn.

Yah, I know. Law school plus Louboutin rarely show up in a sentence together. But Lorraine was different. Besides being a lovely person, she was engaged to an NFL player. Few people knew. I didn’t care.

Anyway, as a study break she asked me if I wanted to go shopping with her.  Sure! And so we headed to 50 Penn Place in Oklahoma City. She wanted to buy shoes. That’s fine. I’m always up for buying, er looking, at spendy shoes.

And there they were. In all their red-soled splendor. It’s as if angels were playing harps when we walked in to the store. Christian Louboutin shoes. They were gorgeous even though they were very classic. And I knew when I first saw them that one day  I wanted a pair to call my very own.

Then I saw the price tag. They were over $1,000! I don’t think one uses financial aid to secure a pair of thousand dollar shoes. Maybe $50, but certainly my tax dollars provided to me in the form of grants were not to be used for fancy, schmancy shoes. Definitely not these shoes!

And here I am, 17 years later still talking about how someday I’m going to buy me a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes. So what’s the big deal? I’ve had jobs that have paid very well. And I’ve bought nice things. But these shoes. I just can’t bring myself to buy them.

I can’t justify paying that much money for something I’ll rarely wear. It’s not like a wedding dress which costs a lot but is intended for a single wear. It’s a pair of shoes for goodness sake. But they’re so pretty. And the fit? Like I’m wearing clouds. Super cute, red-soled clouds.

My closet is home to many really nice pairs of shoes, so it’s not like I’m as cheap as I make myself out to be. I used to reward myself. Used to. I’ve bought name brand clothing. (Before I came to know the virtues of buying a 20 pound bag of pinto beans at the same place I get my shirts. Don’t judge me!)

I fully understand how a pair of shoes can transform a person. Not just with the confidence it imparts knowing that you’re well dressed but also the comfort. The two pairs of fabulous pumps I have, one is Coach and the other is Anne Klein Couture. The Coach shoes I got when I graduated from law school. They’re basic black and have a 2.5″ Cuban stacked heel. I could run a marathon in them, they are just that comfortable.  The Anne Klein pumps I got when I passed the bar exam. They’re caramel color. And they’re pretty and make me feel like a grown up. But I haven’t worn either pair in well over a year. My life is more, how do we say ….. casual, now. Yes, more casual.

So why do I still keep ‘Louboutin pumps’ on my Someday List? Because they’re just absolutely gorgeous.  I keep changing my mind, but I always go back to these. And these. And these, simply because they are purple! And if you noticed, the prices have come down. So, I’d actually be saving money if I just bought me a pair. Now!

But I can’t do it. I’m just too practical. I can’t justify spending the money. (And don’t say anything about my iPad, which cost almost as much as these shoes d0. Because my iPad is for work and the IRS would believe me on that one. They’d never believe me if I tried to say my Louboutin’s were a business expense. And I’m sure they wouldn’t let me take them to prison if I’m convicted for tax evasion. See how I can get in trouble for buying them!)

I go back and forth, though. Should I set some crazy goal and if I achieve it then I reward myself with a pair? Do I save a buck a day for 2 years? Maybe I convince myself that at 45 I finally deserve a pair? What is it? What is that magical notion that will allow me to believe that it’s OK to buy a pair of shoes that cost the equivalent of a car payment?

Sara

{ 11 comments }

Amy @MommyMentor October 14, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I am with you on this one! I can’t bring myself to purchase a pair either. Your options are great!

Becca - Our Crazy Boys October 14, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Hmmm…. it depends. How often would you wear them? Would you walk like you were walking on eggshells so you didn’t nick them? Are they something that could be passed on? Do they have any on Craigslist or Ebay?

Alicia October 14, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Aww I thought I was going to see a pair of your new shoes when I clicked on your link 🙂 That’s ok… I probably wouldn’t buy them either! 🙂

Grace {formerly gracie} October 14, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Aww, Sara! I understand! Earlier this week, I saw a pair of bright canary stilettos so beautiful they sang Puccini. They were marked down and at an outlet, so it was buy now or never, but I just couldn’t spend the money. My life has gotten much more “casual” as well. I don’t even own something to wear with them, but every great outfit has to start somewhere, right? I’ve been obsessing about them every since.

I say splurge!

Honey October 14, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Hi Sara,

It is funny how much more practical we become as we get older (or become parents). I got Hosanna some runners at (a big cheap store) for $7.00. Does that mean that I could buy her 100 pairs of shoes for that one pair? WOW! Since she only gets 1-2 pairs of shoes per year, that works out to more shoes than she can wear before she moves out. LOL.

Set yourself some crazy, absurd goal, and then just do it (if you really must).

Blessings
Honey

V Demetros October 19, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I think those tortoise-shell patents would be too hard to pass up. Or the purple ones. I feel the same way about shoes, but I know that my lifestyle just doesn’t afford the opportunity to wear them that often. (high shoes, not just shoes. I wear them every day!) When I published my first article, I bought a pair of Cole Haan shoes, but I never wore them and finally sold them at a resale shop. I would love to live in NY and visit the hotspots if only to wear hot shoes. But when I lived there, all I wanted to do was go home and take my shoes off!

But they sure are pretty and someday….

Carrie October 19, 2010 at 1:46 pm

if they’re really comfortable and you’d actually wear them go for it. i have a two pairs of prada flats that i wear to work almost exclusively and they’re some of the only shoes that never tore up my feet. they’re so comfortable i could sleep in them.

Mara ~ Kosher on a Budget October 19, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I love the idea of saving $2 a day for 2 years. Then, when you have all the money squirreled away in your ING account, you’ll know if you really, really want them. Or if you would rather spend that money another way. And then it can be a real choice, rather than a fantasy, you know?

Christian louboutin July 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I love the idea of saving $2 a day for 2 years. Then, when you have all the money squirreled away in your ING account, you’ll know if you really, really want them. Or if you would rather spend that money another way. And then it can be a real choice, rather than a fantasy, you know?

christian louboutin August 9, 2011 at 11:24 pm

if they’re really comfortable and you’d actually wear them go for it. . Then, when you have all the money squirreled away

Li April 1, 2013 at 11:26 am

Sara – if you haven’t already bought them, well then you must buy them. You DESERVE them. You will wear them for 1) the gala event(s) at conferences 2) for writing about post(s) realted to gifiting yourself and 3) special occasions.

You put so much good energy out into the Universe, you work so hard, it really is overdue.

I would love to hear that by the end of this year, these very Louboutin’s are in your closet. They are not for Someday anymore my darling.

If you needed any kind of permission, well then, you’ve got it. Now go forth and shop.

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