‘Don’t reject a shoe because you can’t run in it. It’s OK not to run.’ Christian Louboutin.

02 May

Stories from my Sketchbook . . . 

I don’t think the question ‘Can I run in these?’ was one I ever asked myself when considering the purchase of a new pair of shoes (except maybe for sneakers, although possibly not even then if they were really cute).  In fact, looking back at some of the shoes I have worn over the years I am not sure that even being able to walk in them was much of a consideration either.

I’ve always had a thing for shoes and I’ve pretty much had them all—flats, ballets, heels, boots, sandals, clogs, platforms, wedges, strappy, buckled, lace-ups and peep-toes.

And why not?  Shoes really are a necessity.  No matter what else you are wearing you do still need shoes.  Flats, ballets, or sneakers for everyday wear, heels for work or special occasions, sandals for the summer, boots for the winter.  And of course you have to think about different colours and styles as well because they have to ‘go’ with the clothes that you already have.  (Unless of course you buy the shoes first and then buy an outfit to match them—but that’s a whole other thing . . .)  Anyway, it has always seemed entirely reasonable to me to have (at least) a dozen or so pair of shoes to choose from.  

(One set of statistics I saw states that most women admit to owning at least 10 pairs of shoes, and one in every 12 women claims to have over 100 pairs.  I imagine the words ‘admit to owning’ allows plenty of wiggle-room here.)  

I haven’t actually counted how many pairs of shoes I own at the moment but I can tell you it is more than 10 and a lot less than 100 (remember I have been downsizing lately) but it is absolutely sure and certain that I do not need to buy another pair of shoes any time soon.

It also absolutely sure and certain that when it comes to the purchase of a new pair of shoes need has very little to do with it . . .


Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Uncategorized


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15 responses to “‘Don’t reject a shoe because you can’t run in it. It’s OK not to run.’ Christian Louboutin.

  1. erinbonnieblog

    February 19, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Im glad I can craft my very own!


  2. Deanne

    May 26, 2017 at 4:59 am

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    • sallyinthehaven

      May 26, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Thank you Deanne. Lovely to hear from you. 🙂


  3. Edwardo

    May 18, 2017 at 4:15 am

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing some research on that. And he just bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!


    • sallyinthehaven

      May 18, 2017 at 7:35 am

      You are very welcome! 🙂


  4. Anonymous

    May 5, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    This time I’m the anonymous! Jon


  5. Anonymous

    May 5, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Brilliant pen work in sketch Sal. I do remember similar wonderful wedgies which I could actually dance in – teenage years of course….would roll ankle these days.


  6. stevetalbot51

    May 2, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Yes, it’s Mr Anonymous again 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Anonymous

    May 2, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    You left out thongs Sal (or perhaps for the international followers I should call them flip-flops – essential wardrobe item and best to have different pairs for walking, lounging at home, gardening, wearing out to the club etc. etc.
    Yep, a man can never have too many pairs of flip-flops (although I confess to only owning 2 pairs atm.)
    Nice sketch btw – when was the last time you wore those?


    • sallyinthehaven

      May 3, 2017 at 7:10 am

      Believe it or not, I do not own a pair of thongs. In fact, I don’t know that I have ever owned a pair of thongs and can’t say that I have missed them. Might just leave those to you – you can buy up my share of them. 🙂 As to the shoes – they were a pair I (sadly) had to toss out recently. I hadn’t worn them in years and they had started to disintegrate . . .


  8. S. A. Young

    May 2, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I’m pretty sure I own a pair that look remarkably like your sketch! I’ve been downsizing too, so I’m not sure where I am at the moment, but using 100 as a shoe-sanity marker, I’m well below that lol.


    • sallyinthehaven

      May 2, 2017 at 10:23 am

      If I owned 100 pairs of shoes I would have to look for a bigger house! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  9. C. C. Cedras

    May 2, 2017 at 7:33 am

    I freely admit that I am a devout worshipper of the Shoe Goddess. I have done some downsizing as well, but still have in the neighborhood of the upper end of your analysis. 😳 My Darling Husband once staged an intervention when I found two pair of new shoes in my closet that I didn’t remember buying………No I don’t NEED to buy new shoes anytime soon, but that’s because I just ordered some new shoes for summer!!

    Love the sketch! 👠👡👢👟👠


    • sallyinthehaven

      May 2, 2017 at 8:01 am

      I’ve done the same thing. Last year I found two pairs of fabulous ankle boots that I had bought in the sales the year before and forgotten all about – it felt like Christmas! 🙂



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