My simple, brown, low heeled shoes
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.
These might be the only things I own that are plaid
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 love a good pair of high tops, even if they're pink
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…
These metallic heels were so comfortable I bought them in black as well
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.
Can't go wrong with a pair of black sandals you can easily slip into
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.
I think these are only pair of rain boots I've ever owned
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 even bought some running shoes for the gym
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?
They also have foot lotion & foot spray
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.
Me at the shoe sale 2 years ago, trying to make a decision