God blessed me with small feet. I’m very fortunate that I’m able to shop in the children’s and women’s section of the shoe department. If I can’t find anything I like in the children’s section, I head straight to the women’s section. I love buying kids shoes because sometimes the shoes are a better fit and the shoes are less inexpensive. And sometimes kids shoes are cuter and more fun.

Yup, I have small enough feet that I can wear kids light up shoes, such as the Batman shoes I wore when I was college. These are not the pair I wore in college.

I wore light-up sneakers during college. I think the movie “Batman” was popular back then, and I walked around campus wearing “Batman” shoes that lit up. Yes, I’m a huge nerd. I am aware of this. The summer I was a Girl Scout counselor (hard to imagine me spending the majority of my time in the great outdoors AND shaping the minds of young girls — however, one of the best summers of my life), I ran around camp wearing “Lion King” sneakers. At the end of the summer, Monty (a fellow counselor) and I buried our sneakers on the grounds.

I will always remember this conversation during summer camp. One night, I was teaching a group of Girl Scouts (I think they had to be about 10 or 11 or younger — I’m not really sure how old they were) how to start a fire before dinner. Anyway, as I attempted to start a fire, the girls zoned in on my Lion King shoes and I explained I have small feet and can wear kids shoes. Then the girls started asking more personal questions:

“Do you have a boyfriend?” one curious Girl Scout asked.

“No,” I replied.

“Are you married?” another girl asked.


“Do you have a husband?”

“No,” I said, smiling and shaking my head.

Then one Girl Scout offered this advice to me: “I think if you lose the Lion King shoes, you’ll find a boyfriend.”

For months, I've been trying to find a nice pair of BROWN Mary Jane shoes that are in my size and my price range.

Ah, the joys of receiving dating tips from a 10-year-old.

Anyway, I’m totally off track about this post. For months now, I have been trying to find simple BROWN Mary Jane shoes for work. I have a black pair that I love and wear to work when I’m wearing gray or black pants. But I also have a lot of khakis, therefore, I need a brown pair. I love the style of the shoe because they’re so easy to slip on and they’re very comfortable. Fortunately, I don’t have to walk all over the place at work, but I also like looking somewhat professional at work.

For a few months I have been skating by wearing really nice brown sneakers with khakis (shhhhh, don’t tell anyone). But ever since I started wearing my black Mary Janes, I knew I needed a brown pair. Finding the right pair was hard. Finding a nice pair during the summer not so easy. Finding the right pair that fit me and doesn’t cost me a ton of money is hard. But I found the perfect pair!

Look at my beautiful shoes! Aren't they beautiful? I love them.

I was at Sears shopping for some new dressy shirts for work because I had to toss two of my favorite polo shirts (that’s an entire post by itself). I found two new shirts on clearance (I love a good sales), but I can’t wear them to work. One is a nice gray tank shirt that is cut kind of low (a good let’s-go-out-on-the-town shirt), and a simple red shirt (three-quarter sleeves) that I can’t really wear until the weather cools down. The red shirt was on clearance for $4 — seriously, I’m not going to pass that up.

Then I decided to pass through the shoes section — and I found not only my perfect brown pair of shoes, I found the perfect white sandals to go with my perfect white summery dress! I absolutely love finding the perfect pair of shoes (twice!), but what I love even more is the price! The white sandals were on sale for $15 — buying a pair of shoes for less than $20 is always a win in my book. But the biggest surprise were my Mary Janes. The shoes were on clearance for $5! Let me repeat that — $5! Woot!

The Sears cashier made my day when she told my total was $18 (plus tax). Apparently, the clearanced shoes were 50 percent off! What?!? Really? So, I just paid $2.49 for a pair of shoes? I’m racking my brain right now to think if I paid anything less than that for shoes. Mmmmm. I don’t think so. My fake pink Ugg boots come close — I bought them for $5. I love a good sale. And yes, I will admit that I bought both of my new shoes in the children’s section. I am not ashamed to admit that. When was the last time you spent less than $20 on TWO pairs of shoes?


You think about that question while I’m prancing around my apartment in my new shoes.  🙂 Anyway, look at my white pair of sandals and give me an opinion — do you think I can wear the sandals with the pink/peachy dress I recently bought? My gut tells me that I need something shiny and sleeker but then again, I’m not a fashionista. Where are the two yahoos from “What Not to Wear” when you need them?

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