Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Shoes, Glorious Shoes!

First, let me apologize for not being active in blogland lately. With my upcoming surgery, there seems to be a never-ending stream of last minute details to which I must attend.

In March I posted about my new shoes and the epiphany they inspired. Despite how my posts may sometimes sound, I’m a humble person and grateful for everything. It took lots of hard work and determination to get here, but my life is very good – great job, wonderful friends, comfortable home, sweet dog, no debt.

I’m a lucky woman, but not in a winning the lottery way. My blessings have come through hard work and perseverance. I’m used to fulfilling my own needs, not having others help me. All my donations are done anonymously and I don’t expect thanks or anything else in return. I’m the giver, not the receiver.

The post about my favorite brand of shoes was done to express gratitude for all the good in my life. Imagine my surprise when an e-mail arrived from Katie, the Director of Media Relations at Sofft Shoes thanking me for the post and for being a loyal customer. Even more surprising was her offer of a free pair of shoes.

I was stunned and thrilled by the offer. How incredibly generous of them. I searched their website and found several potential additions to my shoe wardrobe, then went out to some local stores to try them on for size. One pair followed me home. To assist in the decision, I requested my fellow bloggers’ opinions and gave three lovely choices.

Decision made. E-mail sent to Katie. A week later the new pair arrived. Meet Charis!

Isn’t she adorable? The color is sun bronze.

Her new Sofft shoe mates were somewhat wary of her at first? She’s pretty racy compared to the rest of them.

After checking her out thoroughly, they had her pose at the front of the group before making a decision.

Belle offered her opinion, then promptly fell asleep.

In the end, she won them over and is now part of the Sofft shoe crowd in my cluttered closet.

Thank you to Katie and everyone at Sofft shoes, not only for making wonderful, comfortable and stylish shoes, but for your incredible generosity. I really appreciate this!

I’m a very lucky woman!


Precie said...

Oooh, lucky you!!!

Thanks for the shoe extravaganza!!! Off to do some shopping. :)

Barrie said...

Great story. And I love the photos!

Doreen Orion said...

Anti -

Come join our Shoe-Off (Polly, Robin and me) on our blogs.

Bernita said...

Ooooh, those are all so nice!

bookfraud said...

man, i feel like i just fell into imedla marcos' closet, or that of a shoe fetishist.

congrats on the nice surprise. next, you should write about your favorite brand of bourbon.

cindy said...

what a wonderful surprise! and i believe that is the shoe i chose, too! yay! i am thinking about you as your surgery nears, AW. *hugs* and happy weekend!

Mary Witzl said...

Eeep! Envy, envy! Katie, I love shoes too!

Sorry, Anti-wife: a horrible, envious lust for shoes just overcame me. I'm okay now...

Okay -- I'm off to write about Belgian chocolate!

ChrisEldin said...


This is a fun topic! Love all your shoes!

Clair Dickson said...

What a fun post!

Travis Erwin said...

Free swag. That is cool.

Ello said...

You are so lucky! and you have lots of shoes!!!!!

Ok - I'm not a big shoe person, but those new shoes are fabulous! I love the color and am going to be looking for a pair myself!

wordtryst said...

Yayyy! My choice won!

AW, are your shoes ON YOUR BED? **shrieks, starts scooping them off**

This is not good. I mean, it's great for you, but I'm getting the urge to... shop! I wonder - maybe if I blog about that Nikon camera I've been lusting over the corp will be nice to me. You lucky thing!

Popped by to let you know that author/literary agent/writing coach Orna Ross will be stopping by my blog on Sunday 18th, (that's a few hours away) and will answer any questions left in the comment trail. You're welcome to drop in!

Robin said...

Awesome story! The pictures rock! I can't believe I missed this. I'm immediately adding you to my blogroll, Anti. You're my kind of girl.

Polly Kahl said...

Catching up here and I love those pictures! Your shoes have such winning personalities, and I love how they compromise and learn to accept newcomers into their closet. Not a heel in the bunch (hyuk hyuk.)