A true shoe conoisseur never misses a chance to walk through David's on Bloor Street.
Highlight: Their seasonal sales are a great time to stock up on fabulous buys. I scored a fabulous pair of Yves St. Laurent boots at one of their sales at half off the original $1000 ticket price.
Drawback: You can sometimes find the same shoes elsehwere for a better price. That being said, David's service and insight is unparelled.
My little post on "Shoe Polish" got me thinking as to the state of "Polish Shoes" and seeing if I could find out a little bit about the Polish shoe industry.
Seeing as how I don't read polish, I figured that my ability to delve deeply in to the polish shoe industry would be limited. And I was right. The most meaningful fact I could find (and really cared about) was that Fluevog makes some of their shoes in Poland. And if you really have a lot of time on your hands, you can read this little ethics report on the firm from about 2001. Nothing remarkable about this report other than the fact that I bothered to read it. Definitely doesn't compare to any ethics report one could write about the current Bush administration, but that my friends is another story.
Ah. Shoe candy. A shoe lover's true vice. But knowing when to take that bite -- and when to diet -- is the mark of a true aficionado.
Case in point: John Fluevog's. Yes, they are yummy. Who wouldn't want to try a pair of their unique retro, uberhip cuties. But buyer beware: Fluevogs may cause indigestion (the toe-sy kind, at least.) I bought a pair of Angel boots several years back. I still recall the cute but sexy insignia at the heel and the laces that did up like my childhood skates. That said, I have never had a pair of flats cause me so much grief. They sat sadly in my closet for ages. Everytime I looked at them I thought "maybe today I'll give my Angels another chance." But my feet didn't forgive me for the repeated blisters. I had to move before I could muster up the courage to dispose of them. I left them on the street corner -- I hope they found a good home. It was one of the worst $300 I ever spent. So shoe lover's lesson of the day: if you see the Fluevog sign, keep walking. It's a relationship you don't want to get into. That being said, this little red number is darling, isn't it? The devil comes in all shapes and sizes, girls.