The Summer that Was (Not)


The pains we have had this spring and summer here in Minnesota; Wanting so bad to have some nice weather, only to get some nice weather, sporadically!!! One day here, a couple days there, with rain and cold spells in the mix. It has been very trying on the patience!!! Every day off I have is a bad weather day, minimal fishing and reduced desire to leave the house, leaving me wearing heels into work most of the time. I did fall off the wagon and get a few new heels recently. I say good for me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well, on with the show and hopefully we will get a stretch of nice HOT weather before the deep freeze. A couple things to look for; first the several fantastic pedicures and also some of the outfits I was wearing at the time. Several are scrubs but a few are suits and a few skirts along with some fun socks. Good summer to all!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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These are green cross strap sandals with a wood heel andย some yellow detail stitching. Made by Colin Stuart and obtained from Ebay several years ago. Funny thing, from this photo shot, some glue on a strap failed and I was left with a choice of repair, toss them or modify them. I cut the strap off and matched the other shoe so now they have a single strap on the vamp. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Colin Stuart

Colin Stuart

Colin Stuart

Colin Stuart

Here are a nude pair of espadrille platform sandals with an ankle strap and heel cap made by Torrid. A recent purchase from Ebay. I was always curious about this designers fit and found them to fit well. The shoe is a little flimsy which is a little disappointing but I still like them.

Torrid

Torrid

Torrid

A coral ankle strap platform sandal by Newport News. The vamp and ankle strap are cord which do not give much so they do not stretch. I got these over ten years ago. They are fun but a little snug. I like the color and texture. The insoles are very lively with the pattern you can see around the toes and instep.

Newport News

Newport News

Newport News

Newport News

A lime green strappy sandal by Classique from Ebay several years ago. The heels is a little shorter than I care for but the color is cool and I like the style. A fun summer shoe for sure.

Classique

Classique

Another recent purchase from Ebay, these gold sparkly pumps by Forever have a velvet covered heel and platform. Very comfortable and a maybe for this weekends dinner heels. I am always happy to find a new designer which fits well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Forever

Forever

Forever

A pair of sexy heels I have had for at least twelve years, obtained from Ebay. These are by The Highest Heel. A strappy platform sandal with a silver heel embellished with rhinestones. They are going to be a pair I sell as the instep strap is fixed so it does not allow for a comfortable fit. It is a bummer as I really like these heels but someone else can sport them and show off there sexy appeal. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Highest Heel

The Highest Heel

The Highest Heel

The Highest Heel

An acquisition a few weeks ago from DSW, these Steve Madden wedges are very comfortable and are a great everyday versatile summer shoe. I like the color combination of tan and black, it just seems right. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The velcro ankle strap allows for a perfect fit and the white stitching detail adds just a little flare although I think the pedi I am sporting adds a lot of flare. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

Here are one of the few pairs of a boot or booties I have. They are by Madden Girl, purchased at DSW about six years ago. I like the look they have with the zipper detail and the open toe. They lace up to give a good fit. For me the length of the shoe is not good as my toes are a little hung over. These are going to be passed on in a sale for sure. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Madden Girl

Madden Girl

A great find on Ebay a few weeks ago, these Calvin Klein espadrille wedges have a denim upper. Very comfortable and fun. I have not worn a wedge out to dinner yet and these may go well with my attire as I always wear jeans when we go out. They will also do well on the boat when fishing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein

Certainly a sexy favorite of mine and unfortunately a poor fit for me are these strappy sandals in patent black from Frederick’s of Hollywood. They have a double ankle strap with a zip up back, a squared off toe box and a hourglass shaped vamp. I got these on clearance about eleven years ago. Another pair going to be sold. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fredericks of Hollywood

Fredericks of Hollywood

Fredericks of Hollywood

Fredericks of Hollywood

These fantastic platform sandals are a patent black with a slingback. Obtained from Ebay about twelve years ago, these Pleaser heels are for some serious fun. They are a little snug on me so I have to part with them as well.

Pleaser

Pleaser

Pleaser

I have said it before and I will say it again, I just love love love wood heels!!! These beauties have a great light wood color with a luciteย blade heel and a clear vamp.. I have always had trouble with the plastic vamps; they start to tight, end up loose, and I am hanging my toes over the edge. That being said I will not ever part with these until I can no longer wear them. I got them from Ebay about ten years ago and they are made by Pleaser.

Pleaser

Pleaser

Pleaser

Another favorite pair of heels; these are by Jazzberry, a satin material giving a shimmery black, slingback open toe with a slight platform. The special thing about these is the ultra low cut vamp. A sexy look only a true heel fan can appreciate; well maybe not but I cannot say enough good things about that look. A very comfortable shoe; I got them at Burlington Coat Factory about ten years ago. I enjoy wearing them and I should wear them out some time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Jazzberry

Jazzberry

Jazzberry

Jazzberry

Jazzberry

A pair of unique suede wedges with a almond toe and tie up wrap made by MIA. I go these from DSW about six years ago. Very comfy and sure can be hidden well… Not something I am to concerned about these days as I am more confident in wearing heels out but sometimes the gremlins surface. ๐Ÿ˜‰

MIA

MIA

MIA

MIA

Again those wood heels! I have worn these often enough around the house the ankle strap is getting a little fatigued and may need repair. These sandals have a mat finished upper and a suede instep with a wide face heel. They are made by The Highest Heel; I got them from Ebay about ten years ago. Now that I think of it I have worn them fishing a time or two as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Highest Heel

The Highest Heel

The Highest Heel

The Highest Heel

These fun strappy wedges are by Fredericks of Hollywood, obtained about nine years ago. They have the wood I like and feature grommets on the straps. A comfortable and edgy heel to add some spice to an outfit. Not sure I will get out in a white heel any time soon but someday. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fredericks of Hollywood

Fredericks of Hollywood

Fredericks of Hollywood

Fredericks of Hollywood

These fantastic Cork wedges by Colin Stuart have a T-strap upper in patent black. Obtained from Ebay many years ago and they have been worn fishing several times. I may have posted them in the past but I did not remember and was lazy to go through previous posts. They are extremely comfortable. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Colin Stuart

Colin Stuart

Colin Stuart

A rare fit for me are these brown tie up sling back platforms with faux wood soles made by Zigi Soho. I go these on clearance from DSW about five years ago. Extremely comfortable and fun to wear. I like the rivet details on these, they kinda give them a tough look. I have found this designers shoes do not fit me well, but as mentioned these do fit me; very well and I think it has to do with the slingback and tie ups. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Zigi Soho

Zigi Soho

Zigi Soho

Zigi Soho

These Steve Madden T-strap open toed sandals have a wonderful tapered heel, suede uppers with a velcro ankle fastener and a large knot on the vamp which also has some ruchingย detail. These shoes were hunted down in ย several DSW stores. I loved them the first time I saw them and had to have them. I was also lucky enough to find them on clearance! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

You may have noticed, but I have a lot of Steve Madden heels and it is because they are one of the designers that fit me well. These sparkly platform pumps are in black and just rock! The only issue with this type of material is the stiffness when they are new. It can be a little unpleasant around the toe box when first wearing them but all in all comfortable. I got these from DSW on clearance about six years ago. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

These espadrille wedges have a woven fabric upper and a leather heel cap, made by Steve Madden. The buckles are large and certainly a nice embellishment. A very comfortable wedge for summer. These were obtained from DSW about five years ago. They are still an available style but are slightly different.

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

These are the same style Steve Maddens as above but in black. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

These Steve Maddens are a gold sparkly platform pump. You seen them in black above. The material situation was the same with these and I must add worth the transitional time for the fantastic look they have. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

These are a grey or black chrome color sparkly open toe slingback by Nina. These are a great shoe; I have worn them to other jobs and I will say I like the spice they gave the outfit. Got these on clearance at DSW about six years ago. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Nina

Nina

Nina

Nina

These fabulous sandals are by Guess, in a white with extra large buckles and a wonderful cork platform. These are a statement of sexy and tough for sure. From DSW about five years ago. The Mrs. also has a pair of these. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Guess

Guess

Guess

Guess

Another pair of Steve Madden T-strap sandals with an open toe and a velcro ankle strap. Also the same large tapered heel as the ones above. These have a satin upper and super sized gem stone embellishments on the T-strap. A DSW find a short time after the hunt for the other style. The red toes sure do sex them up. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

A Nude colored shootie with an inner zipper and an awesome gold sole. I like the ruching on the front; these are by Steve Madden, obtained from DSW about six years ago. I wore these to work about four years ago and wore them while I was working. I will confess, I was the only one there that day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

A find from Ebay about three years ago. These are made by Xhilaration, a canvas round toe upper with a thread through ribbon on the slingback and bow tie vamp embellishment. A basket weave espadrille wedge makes these perfect for the boat. The down side, they are a little snug and the slingback does not have any form of adjustment. An elastic strap would be good but these are very inexpensive shoes to have a cobbler add such a thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Xhilaration

Xhilaration

Xhilaration

A shootie with an open toe and slingback. The leather upper is in a matte finish and has ruching on the instep. Another great Steve Madden clearance find at DSW about five years ago.

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

One of my go-to sandals to run to the mailbox or head out somewhere; with or without a change of shoes. The Colin Stuart wood heel two strap sandals were a totally awesome find on Ebay about eight years ago. They are always out and ready for me to throwย on. One of the absolute best things about these are both straps are adjustable. ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

Colin Stuart

Colin Stuart

Colin Stuart

Colin Stuart

Here are a pair of Diba I got again on clearance at DSW about eight years ago. I love wood heels as you know, and the all tie-up uppers in a matte black and slingback are an awesome trait. They have this amazing overlay look to them. I wore these to dinner tonight and my newest pedi sure shined bright. (I will try to get that on twitter). A very comfortable shoe! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Diba

Diba

Diba

Diba

A Steve Madden round toe pewter pump with a ribbon tie instep. Purchased from DSW about nine years ago on clearance as well. Comfortable and will certainly match several items and shimmer. I like round toes as they offer that perfect amount of room for my larger feet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

A recent Ebay acquisition are these black wedge sandals with diamond stud embellishments were a real steal for $6. These are called Bitten by Sarah Jessica Parker. I think they will work well on the boat. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bitten by Jessica Parker

Bitten by Jessica Parker

These awesome embellished nude suede open toe sandals are made by Mix No.6. I got these a few months ago with a discount coupon on DSW.com; also on clearance. A very comfortable shoe. For some reason, I get the feeling I might have a pair of these already… I think when that starts happening, one may think they have to many shoes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mix No. 6

Mix No. 6

Mix No. 6

Mix No. 6

Another Style by Mix No.6 are these two strap sandals in a patent black. I always find this style sandal to be sexy; simple and sleek, allowing the foot in them to show off all their fantastic appeal. Got these in the same purchase as the pair above. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mix No. 6

Mix No. 6

Mix No. 6

These are certainly a great retro pair of wedges. Love the stitching detail and the great maroonish purple color. Found these great T-strap Steven by Steve Madden’s on Ebay a couple years ago. A great color purple on my toes as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Steven by Steve Madden

Steven by Steve Madden

Steven by Steve Madden

Steven by Steve Madden

Here is another rocking pair of wood heel platform sandals with a strappy leather upper by Steve Madden. A great deal on clearance from DSW about eight years ago. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

These are great Steve Madden faux wood clogs with real leather uppers. They have a tie up front and I am so happy I am able to have a pair of clogs that fit. I enjoy heel clogs! The Mrs. also has a pair of these; I have not worn them out yet but perhaps we can match one night for dinner. ๐Ÿ˜‰ These were another one of those great deals on clearance at DSW about six years ago. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

One more pair of those great Steve Madden espadrille wedges; these are in a great green. The year I got these I think the only color I did not get is the blue and red ones. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

I may have posted these in the past, I do know for sure but I have posted the black ones. These were given to me by the Mrs. about nine years ago. She got them from Newport News; they have a great looking faux wood heel, platform and a T-style sandal in electric blue. I think they go with scrubs just perfect. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Colin Stuart

Colin Stuart

I wanted to show off a great dinner outfit I wore with these Calvin Klein pumps with zipper detail in this amazing dark green. I almost returned them until I wore them in the house for about four hours and found them to be more comfortable than initially thought. I got them from DSW on clearance earlier this year. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein

These yellow T-style strappy espadrille wedge sandals by Pulse were purchased on Ebay about six years ago. I like the added buckle detail on the vamp which are slightly adjustable. I wore these with my athletic skirt on this day. I have worn both these fishing before. Love skirts. I have to point out this pedi is awesome as they glow in the black light. ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

Pulse

Pulse

Pulse

Pulse

These black patent strappy sandals have great stitch detail on each strap and a fun zipper closure on the instep I have to wear these with the zipper half down as they are a little snug when completely zipped. I obtained these Preview International heels from Nordstrom Rack about four years ago. I also wore some layered pants I got from Ebay this year. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Preview International

Preview International

Preview International

Another pair of Preview International sandals I got at the same time are these patent black sandals with a side zipper. I have worn these on a trip we go on every year. Again I am not able to zip them all the way up as I have those big feet. I also wore some fun socks I have along with one of my jean skirts. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Preview International

Preview International

A pair of Guess cork wedges in blue denim embellished with chains on the zip up ankle straps. Very comfortable and cool looking. Got these at DSW on clearance about four years ago. The Mrs. also has these but has not worn them out. I wore another one of my jean skirts this day to work. I have a few and you may notice I like them short. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Guess

Guess

Guess

Guess

I have several more pictures but felt this was a large enough post as it is. As always please give me feedback as I am happy for the support. When I think of another clever title, I will get the rest of the current pictures posted.

Thank you for stopping be. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Spring is trying to spring


As the earth makes it repeated journey to the area for which we, in the northern hemisphere, more specifically the mid westerners of these united states of america, ย and more precise those in the state of Minnesota,ย most enjoy, are particularlyย happy for this to be happening this year. Now, I take nothing away from those who also have had a rough/not so good/ dreadful winter but I can only speak from my experiences. This winter was horrible; one and a half million inches of snow, everyday the temperature was nearing absolute zero and as the spring equinox approaches, and even after the official point of spring being passed, we get some more snow and cold weather. I have entertained the desire to move. To another planet even… ๐Ÿ˜‰ The worst part of this kind of weather is the difficulty in wearing heels. Not a big fan of tracking through snow and ice covered parking lots or sidewalks. We traveled to Arizona for a few days and I was able to bring some heels with me. I did not chance taking them out in the public areas which was a good choice as I happen to run into an acquaintance fromย my professional life. This would have not turned out well for me. I also obtained a few new pairs. I have many pictures again and I even have some from my recent job. I tried to include parts of my outfit so there are a few odd looking shots. Enjoy the show. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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First up are a pair of slingback sandals with a wood heel and platform; made by Mossimo. Obtained the from eBay several years ago. My Pedicure has a shamrock for the St. Patrick’s holiday. ๐Ÿ˜‰

mossimo

mossimo

mossimo

mossimo

Next is a recent acquisition from DSW to use an expiring rewards certificate. These are by Calvin Klein Jeans. They have a great zipper detail and are a unique color green. At first they were a little snug but I think it might have been the barometric pressure that day… ๐Ÿ˜‰ they are much more comfortable now. I plan on wearing these out to dinner soon. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Calvin Klein Jeans

Calvin Klein Jeans

Calvin Klein Jeans

Calvin Klein Jeans

Another eBay purchase several years ago. These Brown satin sandals by Chinese Laundry are a rare find for me as this designer often does not fit me. Bummer as they have some great styles. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Chinese Laundry

Chinese Laundry

Chinese Laundry

Chinese Laundry

Chinese Laundry

Chinese Laundry

These London Rebels are from DSW. Clearance item, an attempt at getting some heels kinda like a boot but something I like. They are a little tight on my foot but I think I can stretch them out. Wore these out to dinner. I am not sure this designer is going to be a good fit for me in the long term as they are a little short in the arch area for the male foot. Still a fun boot/shoe. ๐Ÿ˜‰

London Rebel

London Rebel

London Rebel

London Rebel

Another eBay find and a great deal. very low cost. I really like wood heels so grabbing these were an impulse. They are from Jessica Bennett; a brown/bronze mule with stud detail certainly make for a unique looking heel. Aย little loud for me to wear out even though I did wear them to work for these pictures. If you have noticedย in many of the pictures in this post, I have on some work attire. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Jessica Bennett

Jessica Bennett

Jessica Bennett

Jessica Bennett

Jessica Bennett

Certainly another one of my favorites. These Steve Madden turtle shell pattern patent slingback cork wedges are wonderful. The awesome open toe I enjoy will be fun on the boat this summer. Found these on eBay this winter for an awesome low price. I think they went well with my sage green suit. ๐Ÿ˜‰Steve Madden

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

ย These suede pumps by Rocket Dog have a great knot detail on the vamp. I have several of these by this designer with the same or similar detailing or material. This blue looks kind of purple at the same time; depending on the light. I obtain these from DSW a few years ago as well.

Rocket Dog

Rocket Dog

Rocket Dog

Rocket Dog

Rocket Dog

Another winter eBay find are these tie up platform wedge sandals in black with a canvas heel cap by C Label. Very comfortable and they have that height I love. Going to be fun fishing in these but may be a bit high for rougher waters. I am also wearing a pair of thigh high stirrup stockings. I like these a lot. I may have to wear them on another cold day; of course hopping those go away soon. ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

C Label

C Label

C Label

ย Another addition to the Steve Madden arsenal are these wood grain wedges with a snake skin print strappy sandal upper. Another steal from eBay. Would likeย to point out anotherย great pedi here… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

Steve Madden

I have had these Michael Kors open toe black patent sling back wedge sandals for a long time. I obtained them from eBay with broken elastic straps and had to have them repaired. They are awesome. Hoping to wear these out to dinner soon. I took these to Tucson Arizona. It was after the Superbowl and if you can see, I have Denver’s logo on my toes. yup… I know. ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

Michael Kors

Michael Kors

Another shoe I brought on vacation; slingback sandals patent black and white from Newport news. I got these over ten years ago. The vamp strap can sometimes not sit in the right spot and cause some over hang of the pinky toe. But they look great besides that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Newport News

Another great eBay find; These spiky open toe pumps have clear uppers with a patent black heel and piping. Made by Sheikh. I got these at a very low cost as the heel tips need to be replaced. If you ever find awesome heels needing heel tips, find a local cobbler and price them out. Most often it is a very low cost to add to the price of a shoe for a great deal. I hope to get these out this summer to dinner. In these pictures I am also wearing a skirt I got in NYC and some leggings I obtained from the eBay. ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

shiekh

shiekh

shiekh

These Jeffery Campbells are my first. I have other heelless shoes but not by this designer. I like the Mary Jane strap on the vamp and they are very comfortable. The color is a little pink. Not sure I will get out in these but I like them for sure. I am wearing one of the body stockings I have as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Jeffrey Campbell

Jeffrey Campbell

Jeffrey Campbell

These suede open toe orange pumps have a wood heel Very fun and comfortable by Diva Lounge. Got these for less than ten dollars on eBay this last winter. I might get out in these if I am lucky. Now that I have seen these pics, I think I need to get that purple again on my toes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Diva Lounge

Diva Lounge

Diva Lounge

Diva Lounge

I got these for a special treat from the Mrs. and her sister this winter. They found them in a local store call Dots; also the brand name. They have some great embellishments. I am not a huge fan of the pointy toes but these are comfortable and not exaggerated. If I get the chance I will wear them out to dinner.

Dots

Dots

Dots

Sugar has made these suede T-strap open toe heelless platforms in an awesome blue. Obtained from eBay and I want to wear these out very badly. Love love love the color and the style. The fit is fantastic! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sugar

Sugar

Sugar

The Mrs. gave me these as a Christmas gift this last season. Obtained them from Target on clearance for eight dollars. They are a little tight in the toe box. I might be able to stretch them out. These are by Sam & Libby; a nude heel & ankle strap sandal with a gold vamp and detailed platform.

Sam & Libby

Sam & Libby

A pair I had photographed a long time ago but hadย not remember the name. These pewter sandals by Delicious are very comfortable with a uniquely textured material and a somewhat elaborate strappy design they are very versatile and attractive. An eBay find many years ago. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Delicious

Delicious

Delicious

So that is what we have toย show thus far. Hoping to wear many more heels to work for pictures. Please offer those positive comments as I always enjoy and appreciate them. ๐Ÿ˜‰