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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Just say no!!
There was a day when I was ignorant. When I didn't know that a pair of $20 shoes were different from a pair of $200 shoes. Those days are gone. I have been seduced by supple leather, well-engineered heels and dang, just gorgeous shoes!! If you do not know the difference, I'm begging you, DO NOT FIND OUT!!!

You won't be able to have "lots of shoes" because you'd rather have three pairs of good ones and you will not be able to pick up Oprah magazine without lots of covetous groans. Don't do it, people!

Innocently enough, my mother, the most practical of women, dropped off the new "O" magazine. An innocent and kind gesture -- yet she had no idea that Coach has new boots out -- or Donald Pliner has animal print wedges!!! It's shameful what this does for me. All my neighbors don't even wear shoes in their house, so do I need this kind of temptation? I'm thinking not. But above, I give you exhibit A. Please note that Donald Pliner shoes are like buttah! They feel as good as they look -- they're like wearing Keds only HOT HOT HOT! So I'm here to warn you. Hear me now and believe me later. Do NOT try on good shoes, but check out those Cole Haan denim pumps I've got, are they great or what? And they're classic, they will last forever -- try and wear out a Cole Haan -- you just can't do it!

Oh, and don't even get me started on handbags!
Kristin Billerbeck  
posted at 12:05 PM  
  Comments (14)
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At 1:37 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Cute picture! I love it!
So you're holding the shoe and Colleen's clutching the knife.... Hmmm. What did Denise and Diann have in their pictures? Did either get to hold the truffles?

I just finished reading A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND and laughed my head off--especially when Morgan asks George for a Starbucks card and some Godiva chocolates. George's response, "Need is generally not associated with chocolate." Was that ever a typical male response! Ha! Ha! You're hilarious! Thanks for the great read. (I couldn't put it down. Much to my husband's disgust, I stayed up until 2 a.m. reading.) Yep. A good read is just like good chocolate and good shoes--too hard to pass up!

At 1:48 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

Well, Kristin - we've established our difference in tastes (your's sophisticated elegance, mine - earth woman mountain biker) ... however!!!!! ... I CAN relate to the expensive shoe bug. Believe it or not, in my world, there is ALSO an expensive shoe fettish attacking people. Chacos - don't get me started - they're are the equivalent of comfort of any shoe you'd find in "O" magazine. Perhaps not as elegant, more like a high-tech sandal designed for high impact :) ... After I broke $100 on those, I swear my husband went running for my wallet and hid it on me. I'm not allowed to buy shoes now after that splurge - I won't even mention my mtn. biking shoes....

Life without shoes ... not possible. Women find a good expensive must-have, drive-me-crazy-if-I-don't-have shoe in every genre!! :) :)

At 2:26 PM, Blogger eileen said...

So is the one in your hand the one you lost on stage? LOL What a perfect moment in time!

And, you know lil ole me, I still don't get it--the whole Prada/Blanik (?) expensive stuff. BUT I can recognize cuddly socks for my favorite people!

At 2:34 PM, Blogger Terry said...

Kristen, I know that you will know what I mean when I say that a shoe that is bargain basement priced at $75 is an awesome deal. My husband, on the other hand, who finds Payless a little to extravagant for his tastes will NEVER understand. I bought a pair of Cole Hahns on ebay. I paid a nice little price for them and was thrilled. I thought my husband was going to have a stroke when he saw the price. I told him, I'll have these shoes forever... don't worry! Girl, those were the worst shoes I've ever worn. I was so sad. I learned to make sure that I try on my shoes before I buy them now, but, I know that nice shoes are worth the price.

On another note, I bought my sons two pairs of shoes for the beginning of school. My husband, again the sweet little tightwad that he is, wondered why boys would need two pairs of shoes. It made perfect sense to me. Then, I realized that even my boys were a little confused, but, happy to get a haul, let me buy what I thought they needed. What has happened is that they have chosen their designated favorites and are wearing those everyday. Of course, this leaves a perfectly good pair of shoes completely neglected. I'm so sad. I thought I'd freed them from the bonds of wearing one pair of shoes all the time and all I did was cause more confusion to their little manly heads. My men, at least, will never get it.

BTW... I'm looking for Cool, Calm and Adjusted. I live in a little town. I had to get a girls best friend special ordered in a neighboring 'larger' town. I'm going on-line. I can't stand that its out there and I don't have it!


At 2:59 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

I'm going to let Di and D tell you what they're holding. The pictures are so cute. Jaime, I bought my daughter shoes at REI so I know urban mountain is expensive too -- just don't really want to go there.

Eileen, expensive for expensive's sake it not good. I hate Prada, everything they make is ugly to me. Cole Haan is classic. The lines of Donald Pliner are like fine Italian art. Paying for a name IS NOT going to happen. I like things that are beautiful.

And yes, it was the Cole Haan's I lost on stage (heel got stuck in a hole!)

Terry, I've gotten fakes off Ebay too, you have to be careful! I'm a big fan of Joe's Jeans, which are SOOO soft, and I bought some on Ebay and they were like Toughskins!

I will never pay for a brand, only that soft, feel like buttah look. I want to look decent and feel like I'm in my jammies. LOL

At 6:03 PM, Blogger allen said...

I...I...I's like a whole 'nother world and I can't speak the language.

At 6:34 PM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

You know what, Allen? I can't speak it either. It's like a foreign concept...I love my cute little black ankle boots I got from Sears. ;) Does that even count? LOL.

At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Audra said...

Oh my gosh...I would love to have those animal print shoes. They are gorgeous! I'm sure they are also out of my price range. :)

At 1:29 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

OK - so I probably shouldn't do this, but there is a great site called where you pay a subscription fee to be able to borrow designer handbags (you pay an additional borrowing fee each time - but all of this is WAY less than buying the bags). Great for people who love these bags and love variety but cannot justify buying that many. Then, they also have an outlet store on the site too for those of us who just want to own a few. Enjoy :-)

At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Suzanne Schaffer said...

I got an aodrable pair of Lilly Pulitzers on clearance for under $20 (the original price was over $150) does that count? They are so cute I actually squealed when I put them on!
One reason I love shoes so much....they always fit. I can try on jeans, skirts, bras, shirts and get so depressed, but the shoes. *sigh* they never let me down!

At 10:16 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Shoes . . .ahhhh, love 'em. Will refrain from checking out the pricey ones as I already have too many expensive hobbies! {vbg}

The animal print reminds me of the giraffe print mule I went on the hunt for as my youngest dd (who's 5)HAD to have it! tehehe . . .not sure if it's a shoe thing or a giraffe thing that made it a necessity!

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Darlin' post, K! Thanks.


The other day I'm standing in the thrift store holding a handbag, wondering if I should get it, it's only four bucks, I dimly remember the brand but not the price range, it's boxy with a cute handle, but I think nah, it's slightly bigger than I usually carry and besides, I'm in a closet-cleaning-out-mode-not-adding-to-it, so I put it back on the hook, and a woman nearly knocks me down grabbing it, and later I relate the story to my s-i-l. "Kristy!" she shrieks. "They sell for three to four hundred dollars!"

It was a Kate Spade.

I could've kicked myself.

However, there is a God.

Two weeks later, I spotted another one in the same thrift store.

I bought it.

(Still haven't used it, though. It's a little small. Sigh.)

At 4:22 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Kristy, you made the right move. Kate Spade's are that kind of money for NO Leather. Give me a break, that's just wasteful. Plus, they're boxy and not really great to use (not enough interior pockets). I'm glad you moved on. LOL

My ugly truth is that I'd rather be in a Fry's or a Best Buy than a shoe store. I'm a total guy in that respect. LOL

At 11:43 AM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

Um, dare I admit that I really don't give a whit about shoes OR purses?

*running and ducking for cover


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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