So the Army & Navy Shoe Sale starts next Wednesday. I didn’t realize it was so soon. For some reason I thought it was in May, and then was pleasantly surprised when I realized it was early than I expected. And then my mind started racing and trying to mentally prepare myself for what is to come.
I read a blog post where the writer said he at first thought that the term “legendary” was an exaggeration, and then realized how big a deal it actually was. Legendary, that makes me thing of Barney on How I Met Your Mother. I’ll admit that years ago, I would have thought the same thing. And I would have laughed at those women who were obsessing over a shoe sale. If you think about it, it does sound ridiculous. Should I be ashamed right now? Now that I’m one of them?
I first discovered this legendary event two years ago. I went to the location downtown on 36 West Cordova Street. But I didn’t go on the first day. It goes on for several days, and they receive new stock every day. There are plenty of shoes to go around. So I never understood why people went crazy and HAD to be there first thing in the morning on the first day of the event. I heard there was a woman who would have her personal assistant line up for her at 4:30 am, just so she could be the first one through the doors when they opened at 8:00 am. That’s insane! 4:30?? I may love shoes, but that’s not something I’m willing to do. And even if I had a personal assistant, I wouldn’t make her do it either. Although I’m guessing she pays her personal assistant good money with demands like that. Now I kind of wish I was her personal assistant…
So yes, I went two years ago, and then again last year. So the 63rd annual Army & Navy shoe sale will be my third. Third time’s a charm, right? I will admit that I can’t even remember how many shoes I bought each time. And I may not have gone on the first day, but I did go multiple times. Three times the first year, I think? And twice the second? Not 100% sure. But I remember going with my friend the first time, and she was done and ready to go after finding one pair of shoes. Yeah. One. Pair. Of shoes. Yeah, I don’t get it either. And then I felt guilty for making her wait while I scrambled to find pairs and then spent forever deciding which ones to buy. Cause no one wants to be that person who makes someone else wait. So I learned my lesson. My next trip there, I went alone. And I had all the time I needed. Some things you just have to do alone. Can’t have anyone holding you back when you’re shoe shopping.
Last year, one thing I recall, as I was looking through the size 8 section, was a woman who came up to me with a pair of shoes and said “Can you try these on for me?”. Because she wanted them for her daughter, who was also a size 8, and wanted to make sure they would be a good fit. So I did, because I’m a nice person. And they were a good fit. They were comfortable and I told her so and she thanked me and took the shoes. And then I thought, they were nice, and they fit well, now I want them… I should have just told her they were terrible so that she would leave them behind. Damn.
Some people get VIP access to the shoe sale. I’m not exactly sure what that entails, but I think you get to skip the line and then you have a personal shopper holding your shopping baskets for you? Or something? I don’t know. But whatever it is, I want it. They have contests on the radio, but I haven’t heard how to win those or when to call in. I think I’m always listening at the wrong time. But then I discovered that there’s a Facebook contest. Which is so more my style. And so naturally, I entered. I used a picture of my red rain boots that was taken the first time I wore them at SlutWalk Vancouver last year.
I wish the contest was based on how many pictures of shoes you bought you posted. Cause I could definitely win that. But it’s based on amount of votes, as these things usually are. This is the link, if you want to see the picture and maybe cast a vote to get me one step closer to the sale. Not only do you get VIP access, but you get a gift card to spend towards your purchases. What’s better than shoes that are on sale? Shoes that are free! How great would that be?
So now I wait, and see if I can possibly win anything. I wasn’t even sure if I was going to go on the first day or not, seeing as it will likely be complete chaos, and I don’t exactly do well with crowds, especially crazed, shoe obsessed crowds. But I happen to have next Wednesday off. And so I can go down there pretty much whenever I want. 4:30 am is out of the question. Do I want to be there at 8:00 am? Maybe. Does VIP access include body guards? That would helpful, I’m sure. I need to decide what shoes to wear to the sale. They’ll have to be comfortable, as I make my way through the crowds. And not too fancy. Don’t want someone to pick them up and try to buy them by mistake.