Saturday, March 13, 2010


"Perfection is not possible, but shocking is still on the table."   Jennifer Johnson


Amy Winehouse has a song called "F" Me Pumps. I love that song. I love shoes - but sadly, my need for comfort trumps my love of PUMP.

Boots are the exception to the rule. I’ll wear them regardless of how uncomfortable they are. I'll wear them until I bleed. Oddly, my ultra pointy, steel tipped, PINK cowboy boots are the most comfortable, and my favorite. Sadly, there are only so many places you can wear pink cowboy boots.

Sunday, I will be heading to Washington, D.C. - without my boots. I will be marching up and down Capitol Hill, my way of keeping a promise I made to my son - to tell the world that he lived, to show and tell his goodness and his pain.

After agreeing to take part in the conference hosted by The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, I was informed of the "dress code."

I knew my Lycra sweat pants were out of order, but it never occurred to me that I'd need to wear a SUIT.

Back when I deliberately changed the focus of my security company from corporate to residential, I tossed out all my stiff, stuffy suits. So not me, so not what I wanted to pretend to be.

Somehow, one of the suits eluded me - a black, sleeveless dress and waist cropped jacket by Garfield Marks. Not only do I not remember buying it, but apparently I never wore it – evident by the original tags still dangle from both the dress and the jacket.

And where exactly did I think I was going when I bought this mystery suit? As a rule, I hate to shop and will only do so if I’m going somewhere and then, I’ll wait until the last minute. I must have thought I was going to a funeral. Someone must have rallied.

It's been awhile since I looked at a woman’s suit, or focused on women who wear them - so I have no idea what is in style. Do suit styles change?

My number one concern is my mystery suits shoulder pads. They are not over the top - 80's style pads, but they are undeniably there and their purpose remains unclear. Are they for protection, or a visual attempt to balance out the width of my hips?

I decided to go on a fact finding excursion to the local mall (where I purchased the suit in question) to investigate the latest ultra conservative, fashion frenzy.

I went directly to the Petite section, the only alliance I had ever known, and was abruptly told I needed to “move on.” I tried three different sized before I humbly admitted I was better suited in an averagely proportioned department.

Pads were everywhere - softly sculptured, well rounded, minimalistic, shoulder pads!

Now that I knew I didn’t have to invest in a suit, I focused on the proper pumps.

I headed toward the last name brand, semi comfortable shoes I had purchased – Donald Pliner. An attractive, 30 something salesman informed me that “Pliners are not what they used to be.”

Typically, the first thing I notice about a shoe salesman is his shoes, but in this case I couldn't get beyond his wispy, chocolate brown hair, and slate blue eyes. 

I am a women who does not like to be sold or told anything, and yet, I believed him.

He eagerly introduced me to Attilio Giusti Leombruni, an Italian designer who specialized in style and comfort. My initial reaction was FUNKY! Slender, gun metal thin buckle strap across a glossy, patent leather toe with a 2 ¼ inch stacked heel and a elasticized top line. YUMMY!

I watched in wonder as kinky shoe man raised the pump to the point just below his nose, in hailed deeply, inserted his palm into the soft fold of the frame - demonstrating the flex of its construction, and then exhaled as he marveled at the padding of its sole.

I was sold.

When he emerged with my size (7 1/2) , my size plus a half size (8), and a mysterious orange box, I could barely contain myself. “Whats in the other box?” I asked. “Not yet” he told me.

Seconds after I slipped them on, I knew, I was in love with these funky, fuck me pumps.

After confirming that I’d take the size 8's with a “pad” inserted inline with the ball of the foot - I begged, “okay, now show me what’s in box number 3.”

Same shoe - minus the heel.  Same gun metal thin buckles, strapped across a glossy patent leather toe - only in a bold, brazen, pumpkin orange.

I looked up long enough to connect with the delight of Mr. Kinky, who I now realized was sporting an orange tie. “Orange is all the rage!” he assured me.

“I’ll take them” I said, and quickly handed him my card.

I’ve hidden the orange flats in the back of my closet – behind luggage and failed handbags. I’m not hiding them from my husband; I’m hiding them from myself. I need to see if these Capitol Hill Pumps will take me where I want to go with minimal pain before I commit to the orange flats.

To prepare myself for my upcoming journey, I have broken them in at the office, at home and even, when walking the dog. As a precautionary measure, I’ve packed bandaids, liquid skin and a cream labeled “Blister Elixer.” For extra protection I’ve tossed in some “spot pillows” and “cushy comfort sweet spot inserts.”

Apparently, I’m not the only one struggling with pain free fashion footwear.  Damn, we’ve come a long way since Dr. Scholl’s!

Green Monkey Tales © 2010 Shannon E. Kennedy




  1. I'm back -- just been poking around. I commented on the below post and then saw you trumped me.


    Gosh but you're sneaky.

    Okay, doll -- those shoes are darling! Fashionable and comfy -- and oh, I would love the orange!

    Unfortunately, I find most of the cute shoes are made of leather, which I don't wear.

    However (See? Redemption already!), I am so pleased that you CAN and are thrilled with your purchase. Nice when you find what you want.

    All the best in D.C. (my son was there for the whole summer -- his first trip ever and dug it!), know that many of us are thinking about you during your mission.

    Have a wonderful, safe trip and enjoy your shoes!

    You're doing good, doll!

    Peace and serenity,
    'The End Of The Rainbow: Life After bankruptcy'

  2. Love the Orange! I would have loved the pink cowboy boots as well because it stands out and that is perfect in a world where everyone blends in:) like DC with their power suits. Your mission is beautiful and I wish you a great journey with the perfect shoes:)

  3. Thanks for this post. I actually have one working about shoes AND mine today is about boots. Weird, huh?

    Your shoes sound fab. Go out there and march, Mama. Your son would have been proud.

  4. Yes, I love my boots, but need pumps for work costumes.
    I actually have a pair of orange Donald Pliner shoes in the back of my closet, I think they may be the most expensive pair of silly shoes I ever bought. I can't wait for the right occasion to wear them. I'll FB you a picture!

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  6. OMG- It's Sun. and you're here in my neck of the woods!! I shall be thinking of you and your son. What an honor and heartbreaking need, to be asked to speak. (Sheesh, a dang dress code?)

    We hardly know each other except for a blog post/comment or two. Ironically, you posted on my blog and I came to visit and more ironically is I wore my Sultry new Black Suede Boots on Fri. night in Washington, D.C. to hear amazing jazz at Blues Alley. I was wishing they were a bright color. So hard to find color as much as I love black. Color packs such a statement.

    Your orange shoes, oh my oh my. I'm orgasmic at the thought, particularly when you described that yummy shoe sales guy, "to boot."- Yep, I pun; therefore, I am.

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  8. I want to see the orange flats. I am a shoe-aholic and even though I refuse to wear shoes I absolutely love buying funky ones.

    What is this liquid skin? I might start to wear shoes again.

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  10. Now you know I am waiting for a picture of you in those orange shoes! You really should get a
    carousel :)

    You are a dynamic and inspirational woman,
    and I am proud to know you...
    NEVER stop writing!!!

    xo Marilyn

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  12. I am such a baby when it comes to shoes. Honestly I'm all about the comfort. I wear heels to church and the minute I get home off they come. It is the best part of the week for my feet. I'm all about the flats, running shoes, Keens (love those bad boys)

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  15. Just stumbled upon your blog and I think I've read EVERYTHING already:) Keep writing!

  16. Mmmmm, shoes! I kind of want to see these orange flats...

    Visiting you from SITS and thanking you VERY much for your comment over there today.

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  18. Hysterical. I am on the search for that Amy Winehouse song now. I have to listen to it.

    Stopping by from SITS.

  19. Finally!
    I am thrilled that we have made contact and I am glad to read your blog.
    Yes dear one, like you, I love shoes and clothes and they have both gotten the better of me over the years.
    The price I pay now is that I can no longer bribe my feet to wear anything uncomfortable. The minute I try, they scream and shout and give me headaches...
    Thanks for sharing your blog with me. I will visit again. Keep writing lady - I love your style!

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  23. "Fuck Me Pumps"

    I am laughing at myself here. I do love mirrors. I love watching. Need I say more.

    Sometimes, I think I am the man in the relationship.

    Anywho--I'm just wondering if I could have kept some "Fuck Me Pumps" on during my days of playing "catch up sex".

    Red pair, black pair--

    Shannon u do bring back some memories. And everyone is wondering what in the heck I am laughing so hard at.

    Myself--I am laughing at my memories of fun sex.


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