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De-feet in the face of joy

In a whirlwind of dressing up* and leaving this afternoon, I put on my black high heeled shoes. These are elegant and fun, my second pair of heels ever. I bought them for my sister's wedding last year, and have occasionally worn them out to dinner since.

We were heading out for the wedding of J & P, two lovely fannish people whose nuptials were held in a remarkably elegant pub, complete with corinthian columns, multiple balconies, copious ceiling space, and a bar with ornate presence. The venue was rich with people. And my feet hurt.

As ever in London, we'd taken public transportation in to the event, which involves a fair amount of walking. When putting on my shoes, I'd failed to take into account the fact that I'd only ever worn them when standing around, and being driven from place to place. In other words, I'd never really walked anywhere in them before.

The exchange of vows was simple and effective. The bridal party was beautifully dressed, the bride in a vivid red sari decorated with gold. There were lots of people there I don't see nearly often enough. It was a fine and festive occasion.

Alas, we didn't stay much longer. I could stand around just fine, but walking at all was seriously painful with the tops of my shoes tearing through the tops of my feet. Next time, I stop and think before wearing heels.

* In the last outfit I bought from Gypsy Moon, back when they still had a retail outfit, even if it didn't keep scheduled hours any more. Gypsy Moon was for years my very favorite clothing store, but I know almost no one in Boston anymore and anyways, they no longer do retail.

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taldragon
Aug. 18th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
spare plasters are always a good idea.
owlfish
Aug. 18th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
I can see how that would keep my shoes from doing further damage, but it wouldn't solve the part where my feet were already in pain, I wouldn't think. But yes. Very true. I didn't think of that.
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owlfish
Aug. 18th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
There never seems to be a good time to break in new shoes. It's exacerbated by the prospect of an imminent trip making me more tuned in to needs for new shoes than does everyday non-trip life.
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owlfish
Aug. 19th, 2007 08:09 am (UTC)
I generally do well with Clark. Actually, my previously-comfy for non-walking events high heels are from K, one of the Clark lines.
of_remedye
Aug. 18th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
That's never fun. I was furnished with new dress sandals for my sister's wedding. I had blisters on the soles of my feet and was taking ibuprofen by the end of it!

A wedding in a pub sounds cool, though :)
owlfish
Aug. 18th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
Ouch. At least my blisters are all on the top of my feet, which should mean that wearing normal sandals or comfy, well-broken-in hiking boots (the two kinds of shoes whose use is most likely in my near future) will be just fine.
maxineofarc
Aug. 18th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
Listen, none of that stuff is complex patterns, and silk isn't NEARLY as expensive as they try to make it out to be. If you want a Gypsy Moon-style piece or two, let me know and I can hack one out for you in no time.
owlfish
Aug. 19th, 2007 08:07 am (UTC)
Nice icon!

Thank you. That's a lovely offer. Next time I know I'll be in your area within a few months, I may ask you about it again. (I know, there's postage, but if I'm going to commision clothing, I want to be sure it'll fit, at least for final modifications.)

More importantly, I should stop complaining about the lack of interesting clothing stores in London and start looking for them. I haven't tried too hard yet.
maxineofarc
Aug. 19th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
It is a nice icon, isn't it? I've decided Jason Isaacs wins the very coveted "Harry Potter Actor I'd Most Like To Have A Beer with" award. Maggie Smith is quite livid about it, but what can you do?

It *is* a little hard to believe there aren't any fun clothing stores in London, though. London's pretty huge. :)

For an unfitted thing like a skirt or a simple top, you shouldn't need to give me much.
flick
Aug. 18th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
I totally failed to see you! Waaa!
owlfish
Aug. 19th, 2007 08:03 am (UTC)
You looked lovely! I loved the elegant salwar khameez. I was only there for an hour, for the wedding proper, and then gave up on my feet, poor things. But I shall see you Tuesday!
a_d_medievalist
Aug. 19th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
Ow. Sorry. If it makes you feel better, the last two times I have traveled, I bought new flat shoes for the trips, and got blisters. One pair were Skechers -- usually comfy, and one pair were nice Munro American walking boots. I have to say, I was surprised, because I've been wearing heels for so long that I'm pretty good at trying on shoes and knowing if they'll be ok for walking and dancing without major blisterage. Never thought flats would be a problem!
owlfish
Aug. 19th, 2007 08:05 am (UTC)
I can't say it makes me feel better to know that other people hurt their feet too, since ideally no one would ever get blisters. I can attest to flats being highly problematic when not broken in, though. Shoes are complicated. I have shoes that were working just fine and then suddenly started giving me blisters or bruises in addition to the tales of woe of brand new shoes doing the same.
rhube
Aug. 19th, 2007 07:17 am (UTC)
Wow - those clothes are beautiful, but expensive!
owlfish
Aug. 19th, 2007 08:01 am (UTC)
They were never cheap, but they didn't used to be anything like this expensive.
maxineofarc
Aug. 19th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
They're larcenous, especially if you go check the price of silk and realize that most of them (the skirts especially) are just based on rectangles.
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owlfish
Aug. 19th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
You're so smart.
pennski
Aug. 19th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
Ouch! I have made this mistake at the Clarke Awards a couple of times. Shoes that are fine to wear all day at work are not fine to walk around London in.

Glad the wedding went well - we'd already made arrangements to celebrate our anniversary by the time we were (somewhat surprised to be) invited.
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owlfish
Aug. 20th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
I always liked trying their clothing on before buying. Their sizing wasn't entirely consistent, and anyways, they specialize in fabrics that feel amazing. It was a good place to shop for someone who shops, in part, by texture, as I do.
headgardener
Aug. 19th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
So that's why we couldn't find you again to catch up -- hope your feet now recovering. Boo to shooz - on my planet, we do not have these troublesome knobbly appendages. One thing I noted at the event was the high incidence of sensible footwear rather than crippling feminine party shoes. And watervole comfortably barefoot.
owlfish
Aug. 20th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
I'm wearing band-aid/plasters armor and sticking to sandals. I'm working from home this week, so give or take the odd expedition off, they should get time to recover. Water makes them sting a lot though still.

I was glad I had a least a transient opportunity to talk to you! More, next time. Generally, I am more sensible.
pmcmurray
Aug. 20th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
Julie brought three pairs of shoes to the wedding...
owlfish
Aug. 20th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
She's sensible.
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