A tale of two shoes.

Dear friends,

It was the best of fashion, it was the worst of fashion. It was the age of color, it was the age of drab. It was the epoch of glamor, it was the epoch of frumpy. It was the season of style, it was the season of comfort.

It — is my life in May.

I’m headed out next week to the teeming Texas cities of Houston and Austin for a four-day business trip. My itinerary includes a three-hour tour of NASA. (I’m not dropping names or anything, but I know a couple of astronauts so, you know, this is a really cool trip.) Anyway, I was pretty pumped about this part of my itinerary until I learned I needed specific footwear for NASA. As in — something I can walk and stand in comfortably for three hours, and no open toes or sling-backs.

I’m guessing you can figure out I have no such shoe. (I only buy cute shoes. So shoot me.)

Kate and I spent Thursday evening trying to find suitable (read: ugly) black shoes, since NASA also recommends trousers and I’m doing my best to “cute” things up a bit with my kicky Ann Taylor black pantsuit.

Here’s what I found.

Dreadful, I know. I aged 20 years as soon as I slipped them on. But they met all the criteria, including being surprisingly comfortable, so mine they are. I suspect they will get worn to NASA and never again, but that’s the price I’m willing to pay for our nation’s space pioneers.

Oh, and while I was at the store, I picked up these.

Now that’s more like it, baby! Purple suede, orange suede and gold lame. Is there a better combo to be found in a shoe? No, I say!

These adorable wedges might make an appearance at a Houston dinner party — I’m not sure yet — but I’m certain they will be seen at Kate’s graduation and they are most definitely going to Broadway. (Note to self: be sure to arrange a taxi from our hotel to the theater. Carrie Bradshaw might walk all over Manhattan in cute shoes, but I’m pretty sure I don’t want to.)

With gratitude {for new shoes and plenty of fun places to wear them},

Joan, who wore her spectacular suede shoes to the office yesterday and realized she was a towering 6’4″ in them, but seems to recall that Vogue declared “more is more” and surely that applies to stature, right?


  1. I have to agree the purple/orange/gold lame shoes are really cute, but I would choose the black ones! Of course, I’m older than you and don’t have the best knees in the world. Have a great time in Houston.

  2. texasdeb says:

    Um, I am constitutionally tilted towards a comfortable shoe (as opposed to my Mom or daughter either one – that trait may occasionally skip a generation?) so I look at your black loafers and think, “cute!”, though I’ll admit if you wanted to hand paint in a little area of animal print around the toe box it would be snazzy plus. Yeah. And that is why nobody will ever call ME Imelda. E.V.E.R.

    Enjoy your trip to Texas, lady. I hope you’ll have a lovely visit!

  3. Maridel says:

    I used to have a pair of yellow suede wingtips. I must have been in an androgynous phase : )
    I love your purple suede sandals. You will be Athena Nike in them.

  4. bungalow56 says:

    You’re a woman after my own heart. As the shorty sister in my family, I think I may have to send this link to my 5’10” and 6ft sisters.

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