Sunday, March 20, 2011

Worn out shoes

"Between saying and doing,
many a pair of shoes is worn out."
-Proverb, Italian

Exactly one year ago, we went to the Carnival at the Livestock and Rodeo Show.  It is usually is quite a fun time, but last year, I left quite sad. See last year's post here.

This year,  I left laughing.  I did have a sad moment, but it very short because I just had to peek in my stroller and smile, thanks to sweet baby James.

Now to the shoe story.

Yesterday morning, I woke up and was excited because I was going to wear my brand new Old Navy shirt that I had bought on clearance for $6.49.  But, what was more exciting was that I finally had a blue shirt that matched a pair of shoes that I have had for a long time.  They have always been one of my favorite, but were very difficult to match up with outfits.  So I showed off my excitement to hubby and we were off to the Carnival!

We had to park far away and walk to the entrance.  We were laughing and having fun.  Then the "boys" peeled off to use the stairs to go buy tickets, James and I peeled the opposite direction to take the ramp.

When we reached the boys, I realized...I had a BIG problem. For some reason, my shoes felt like they were dragging onto my pants.  I looked down to roll up my jeans.  I found that the soles of my shoes were falling apart.   Picture styrofoam packing falling apart.

 Hubby started laughing hysterically, I am sure my face was bright red.

But in the spirit of the day, I decided to go ahead with the day, in the hopes we might see a booth selling flip-flops or boots in the vicinity.   Unfortunately, we never made it to that part of the carnival because the boys pooped out on us.  I definitely made my mark on the walkway. As the asphalt heated up, my shoes left trails behind me.  The once 4 inch heels, became what you see in the picture.  I literally felt the metal support under the one clang behind me. 

As we were heading back, the top of the left sandal started peeling off like this:

Within minutes, the top leather completely pulled away. 

I held the shoe in my hand in shock. NOW WHAT?!?!

Hubby had me throw them in the nearest trash.  I pulled my jeans as far under my foot as I could.  To protect and to hide the fact that I am NOT WEARING A SHOE!


I then tried to keep it hidden under the stroller to hide my foot.

When we finally got to the car....I could not stop laughing.

We had formula, water, bottles, diapers, and spare outfits for James. 

But who knew we should have had a spare pair of shoes for me!!!

Thank you God for giving me a moment to laugh. When I do, it reminds me not to mourn too much!!


  1. That is one terrific story Heidi! I think we could get a few more laughs out of this story....we aren't done with you yet! HA!

  2. What a great story and how great that you can laugh at the unexpected. I don't know that I would have been so positive. Thanks for sharing your story :-) And go get yourself a new pair of shoes to match that new shirt!

  3. Carmen...when I tell the story with hand motions and all of the details, wet panties from laughing too hard are a possibility.

    Katie...hubby said that I needed to get rid of all my old shoes and buy some new ones. I plan to sooner than later!

    As to the laughing, it was like the "old" Heidi was back for the moment. It was very nice!

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  7. Oh, I would like to bring into focus a quote by Marilyn Monroe "Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world". Isn't quite right? And perhaps getting its soles worn brought some pinch in the heart. Happy to see that you got the situation overcome very fast (reached the car swiftly- lol). This was indeed a supper funny and laughing issue and also the fact of getting face red. Thanks for sharing your funny but unexpected experience. BTW for modern, cozy, and super designed sneakers what type you like? High, mid or low? My personal weakness to Jordan Low as I am getting older and feel uncomforted with high heel or sole.

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