In search of the perfect pair of boots in Raleigh

Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2009 in Review

I had a blind date and I’d found the perfect dress to wear on my night out on the town. Now I needed the perfect pair of shoes!

I took the dress to several stores and after trying on TONS of flats, pumps, mules, heels etc., I decided that what I needed was a really nice pair of dressy boots. I decided on a pair of brown heel boots, without buckles or fur… just nice, brown leather boots with a sexy heel.¬† Let the search begin!!!

I started off at the Target at Triangle Town Center. They had a few pairs of nice boots, but mostly lower walking boots, climbing or hiking boots, or boots with a nice heel but all the buckles and zippers that made them look like Houdini would have a hard time getting in or out of. The prices were reasonable, however. They just didn’t have the style I wanted or needed.

My next stop was Stein Mart on Creedmoor Road. By now my best friend Alea had joined me in my search so we headed back to the shoe department. I was pretty excited to see quite a bit more styles than I had at Target! We grabbed up a few pairs in my size and got down to business. The boots were on sale at half price, so I thought I’d find a great deal for sure. Unfortunately, the boots in my size felt a size too small, and on 4 of 5 pairs I tried on, the left boot felt smaller than the right boot and wouldn’t zip up all the way. I was disappointed but still had a few other places to try out.

We headed to Marshall’s on Glenwood Avenue. I’d found a few cute shirts here before and several of my friends recommended it as a great shopping spot. We headed straight to the shoe department and then turned right around. The only pair of boots they had were black suede type boots with laces going from top to bottom on both sides of the boot.

Off to DSW near Triangle Town Center. Another problem with the way the boots fit. I enlisted Alea’s help and together we tugged, pulled, pushed, shoved and put all of our energy into getting the left boot to zip up. By now I was starting to be paranoid that my left leg was just fatter than the other, but the sales girl said that it wasn’t uncommon for one boot to be a little different than the other. Sigh.

Traffic was picking up by now so I decided to call it a night. On my way home I had a brilliant idea: there was a shoe warehouse not too far from where I lived. I decided to stop in at the SRI Shoes on Oak Forest Drive. I walked in and felt like I was in shoe heaven! I walked over to the boot AISLE and started picking out a few pairs of boots to try on. They were nice, slightly more expensive than the other stores I’d visited, but these seemed higher quality and were really only about $15-20 more, but still within the $75-100 price range I expected to pay for leather boots.

The third pair I tried on fit like a charm! The zipper slid up smoothly, both a statement of good quality and also a good fit. The heels – though skinnier than I expected – were high enough to give a super sexy look but low enough to prevent my tripping and breaking my neck. The leather was soft, not stiff, and did not buckle around my ankles giving the appearance of elephant ankles.

kcolebootsMy perfect pair of boots? Kenneth Cole’s Reaction Collection: Change of Heart boots. I love them! They are incredibly comfortable. I wear them with jeans, skirts, dresses. I’ve worn them all day to work conventions and meetings as well as out on dates. The toe appears a little pointy but are not in any way (on me) uncomfortable or pinchy. I purchased my boots at SRI for about $65, which is a steal for Kenneth Cole (shown at left in black).

My dogs are hurtin!!!

Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2009 in shoes raleigh

1185391_fsse_im_sandWhen I walk into my house after a long day at work, the first thing I do (other than dodge my super-excited dog’s wagging tail and kids running and screaming “Mommy’s home!!”) is take off my coat and kick off my shoes. If I were independently wealthy, I’d likely then head to my super-comfy chaise lounge and wait for Enrique, my personal masseuse, to give me a super-duper foot massage.

Aside from the chaos known as kids-and-dog, none of the above ever happens. I’m lucky to have a moment of silence before it’s time to start cooking dinner, check homework, tidy up, do some laundry, talk to my super cute boyfriend on the phone, and maybe catch one episode of a fave TV show before getting the kids ready for bed and then finally falling into bed myself.

Our bodies are complicated machines that keep going and going every day Рwhether we do monotonous and mundane tasks or we push ourselves to limits with little sleep and bad eating habits  (like that burger I ate for lunch). If your day is busy like mine, you probably want to make sure your body is working as well as it can so you have the endurance and energy to go-go-go!

It’s important to take care of our bodies with exercise, plenty of sleep and a good diet. Not to be forgotten is foot health: wearing ill-fitting shoes can have an impact on your feet. Talk to a podiatrist and you’ll find out that shoes have an impact on your foot’s bone structure, your legs, spinal alignment as well as causing ailments like blisters, corns or painful bunions which can be serious enough to require surgery.

Take a minute to pamper your feet the next time you have a few minutes. Soaking your feet in a nice tub of super warm water with moisturizers is a great way to relax in the evening, even better if you have a foot spa! Gently rub away calluses with a pumice stone. Purchase a nice manicure/pedicure set and some peppermint foot lotion to soften and moisturize your skin.

If you have any medical issues, talk to your doctor. A foot fungus can get worse if not treated. If you have pain when you walk that isn’t directly related to your shoe pinching or rubbing, you should also visit your health care provider!

Keep your overall health in mind the next time you go shopping for a pair of shoes. You want to purchase well made shoes that fit perfectly and offer proper support. If your shoe is lacking in support, pick up a pair of inserts to help out!

Check back often for more information on caring for your feet as well as all the latest on shoe shopping in Raleigh!

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