Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The saga of the shoes
Now that I am a working person, I have a lot less time to blog. I don't remember work being this demanding in my old job, but in my old job, I was a much higher-level person and for many years, I had my own office. Even when I did have a cubicle, I had some degree of privacy. I.e., I could goof off online without fear of being seen. That is, I could watch my eBay items and I could blog with impunity. Don't worry - I still got all my work done. Not that my boss ever knew that - he had no idea what I did and was not interested. That is not a good sign. If you have a boss like that, start looking for a new job. If your boss says that your job is "boring" and he "doesn't understand," you are first on the chopping block. How can someone value that which he does not understand?
But now I work in a fishbowl. And I am new. At a much lower level than I used to be. Either I have gotten crummy or that's the way the employment world is these days: it's a buyer's market. The IT dept blocks a lot of sites. I don't know if blogspot is one of them because I have no intention of going to my blog from work. I am no fool.
But here I am: gone most of the day without a lot of time to blog.
So what do I spend my free time doing?
Lately, it's been filled with my attempts to make my Ferragamo shoes fit. I told you guys about the shoes I got on eBay, right?
Of course eBay.
1. There are not many nice shoe stores in Milwaukee. Sad but true. I could go to Chicago, which is not far, but even if I were there, would I want to spend $450 on a pair of shoes? No. I would not. Nor would I want to spend $20/hour to park.
2. The purpose of my new job is to come out ahead on the money, not behind. Hence my new work wardrobe is coming from eBay and the fancy consignment stores. As fancy as they get in Milwaukee. This is a midwestern city, bless its heart, where fashion is not the main point of living or dressing. Staying warm is. For truly fancy consignment, I need to go to Chicago, where there are a lot of rich ladies who don't want to wear something more than once.
So I bought Ferragamos #1 on eBay. They fit perfectly. I love them. I am wearing them right now. Simple, elegant, classic. Black pumps with the Ferragamo toe. I got A Deal. They looked like they had never been worn when they arrived. I later learned from the eBay seller that he got them at an estate sale, ie, someone had died. I asked if she had left other shoes.
I saw Ferragamos #2 and Bruno Magli #1 on eBay as well. Ferragamos #1 had fit just fine, so I thought maybe I had found my size: 8.5 medium.
I bought both pairs.
They are too tight.
Even though they are also 8.5 medium.
But they are beautiful. I want to wear them.
I already tried the water in the ziploc bag/freezer trick one commenter suggested.
So now, every night, when I get home from work, I take off the shoes that fit - actually, I take off my walking shoes. I wear walking shoes to the bus stop and put my decorative shoes on once I am on the bus. I have no desire to cripple myself by walking five blocks in high heels.
So I take off the walking shoes, spray the insides of Ferragamos #2 or Bruno Magli #1 with water, put them on and walk around, willing them to stretch.
It hasn't worked yet, but I have faith.