The silly patent laces in these shoes have finally been replaced. By hand made 3 loop braids. Maybe I should get out more. I haven't been wearing them, cause I was silly and threw out the horrid laces before I had replaced them. Now I can see how they go.




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( Aug. 16th, 2014 12:24 pm)
My name is Montjoye, and I'm a shoe addict. I did go a bit mad in the first few weeks at the new office.This was the first pair I bought and the priciest, though on sale. They are ridiculously comfortable for brand new shoes though, and a great mix of elegant and flat. The house brand of what I think of as the "classy old lady shoe shop".


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( Aug. 6th, 2014 12:47 pm)
These shiny creatures came home with me on Sunday.  Real ladyman shoes. Term inspired by DrQ's sock pattern, not "ladyboys". Perhaps I should say "unisex" or "androgenous". They are a great fit and I reckon will be well useful for work, plus maybe parties where lots of walking is involved.

I love them but so need to change out the stupid laces. They are unpleasantly stiff and patent leather rather sticks to itself so it's a dumb thing to make laces out of.

Must gird my whatsits and chose some pairs to pass on.

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( Aug. 2nd, 2014 09:16 am)
I am angst ridden. Both on work matters and inside of my head matters. I need a day to let my brain calm down. So here is some pleasant distraction in the form of pretty red bootlets. There are clearance shops not far from my new workplace. One of them stocks a bunch of Django and Juliette. And they had an extra 25% off boots!

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It's been nearly 18mths since the last edition of the shoe files. This does not mean however that I have stopping loving good shoes, or that that I have stopped aquiring them. There was a gap of many months in shoe aquisition, but as you may be aware, I have moved to a new workplace which puts me in range of a new set of tempting shoe purveyors. I also have an increased need for smart flat shoes I can wear to work. I can do the train walk in one pair and take another for the office, but it's annoying and I'd rather not. Of course I should do exactly that while wearing in the new ones.

The first friday in the new office, I scurried off to one of my favourite shoe shops. It was disconcerting to find that not only that shop but the whole arcade was closed! I was at a loss for a minute and then remembered that another excellent but more expensive shop was nearby. They had a sale on, of course, this was a little before financial year end. I was looking for office and walking friendly black shoes, which I did find and buy. This pair simply demanded to come home with me also. I decided they were a treat to reward myself for managing the office shift without tears.

They are made by Hogl (should have the dotty things over the "o"), an Austrian brand. They are not quite as flat as they look. They have one of those sneaky concealed heels, but only a centimetre or so of one.

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or more correctly, Ex files.

One of my NY resolutions was to get rid of uncomfortable shoes. My tolerance for shoe sourced pain has decreased. Call it boring old age if you will. I also realise that there is a family tendency towards bunions. Joy. So the wearing of uncomfortable shoes is contraindicated by more than transient pain. To be fair, all but two of these were passed on prior to end 2012. I've managed to pass on three more this year. Two were so worn they got binned. Two went to the opshop. The rest were offered to targetted recipients. Too small, too short, too shallow, simply painful. Several went in the last year or so before they even made it into The Shoe Files There are another 4-6 pairs on the cull consideration list. And I should confess, there are a couple of new pairs I haven't shown you yet, as well as several older pairs that have yet to make an appearance. The Shoe Files are not finished yet!

Next time I visit the ancestral seat, I ought get a nice pic of the beautiful wooden soled creatures I gave Mama some years ago.


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#24 were a real favourite last summer. Comfy, wearable barefoot, look good with everything. Then at the end of summer they popped a seam. They have been looking at me reproachfully ever since, until last weekend. Now the seam is mended, the shoes polished to billy-o, and I have a great gouge in my thumb. My curved needle wielding could use some improvement!

The colour has not come out well in the pic, which is odd because the floor is the right colour. They should be a nice warm neutral undyed leather sort of colour, not pinkish grey.


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These were restored to the wearable set on Saturday. They were originally aquired with gift money from the team when I left scheduling.  I now remember i stopped wearing them after one foot had far too close an encounter with a car, ooo, nearly 4 years ago. Close fitting shoes were so not tolerable then. So these fell out of favour. My eye has passed over them a few time more recently, thinking I should wear them again but they needed polishing, so, I didn't. In the big rearrange, I pulled out 5pairs in need of polish, including these and wielded said polish. I thought I needed more simple black shoes for work, mm, actually not.

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( Nov. 4th, 2012 08:23 am)
I spent yesterday being insular and domestic. I did a bunch of things I'd been putting off. Go with it when one is in the mood I say. I was supposed to be making a frock, but I was lacking inspiration and feeling lumpy.  One of my achievements was the tidying and rearranging of my shoe collection. Now the "best sitting down shoes" and other infrequently worn pairs* are up the top level which needs a chair or ladder to fetch, and the shoes I wear are within reach. This involved a lot of stepping up on a chair and down again, as a result I'm rather stiff this morning!

I will note that some of those boxes contain hats or chrissie decorations rather than shoes. But then some shoes live elsewhere**.

Other than tidiness and accesibility, there were other bonuses from this exercise. I found a couple of pairs I had forgotten about*** and reminded myself that perhaps I should take a shoe buying holiday? well except from the categories that are absent or under-represented :-)


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*like hiking boots and irish dancing shoes. Sedentary am I. If I wore these more often I'd have been less stiff today.
**costume shoes and gardening.
***easy enough to do when one is silly enough to own this many. Ah well, it's an enthusiasm, right? Moderation in all things including moderation.
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I'm stoked. I've wanted a pair of house clogs for simply ages. One of the things stopping me, other than the very true fact that I have far too many shoes, is that I can't get my high arches* into most of them. These though have a cunning buckle that lets them out just enough that they fit! They are becoming a firm favourite already and I only bought them a few days ago. Joseph Seibel. I bought them despite the colour rather than because of it, there was no other choice available. Oh and from a clearance shop too.


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*every time I say that I feel it sounds a bit precious, but it's true.
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Simply too good to not share. I was pleased to attend a great relaxed wedding yesterday at Hanging Rock. The bride and groom's choice of wedding shoes were gorgeous and indicative of the feel of the event. Lovely, individual and full of character.


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( Sep. 13th, 2012 01:21 pm)
I bought these last week. I had concluded that for all the shoes I own, I don't have enough neat little black shoes for work. Having just thought that, i walked down the street for lunch only to fall over a shoe sale. For the princely sum of $44.95, these came home with me. And you get a bonus picture of my new little Turkish rug.

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The floor under my shoe racks had got badly dusty. I've been meaning for months to get in and clean it, and hadn't.........but I pay a cleaner. So this morning as part of the fortnightly whirlwind, I shifted the shoes, left the wardrobe curtains open.......and now the floor is clean and shiny!

Perhaps I shouldn't feel so clever, but i am pleased.
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( Sep. 1st, 2012 01:35 pm)
One of my favourite shoe shops has closed. Woe is me. I hadn't even realised until the day before closure. Obviously i hadn't walked far enough up the street for a while. Of course everything was on sale, so these delicate little bronze and gold creatures came home with me. I rather wish they had more left in my size. Good for the bank account that they didn't I suppose.

The next day, I found a seemingly unworn bronze leather belt in an opshop. The styles are not quite right together but for $5 I took the chance that they might work, or perhaps be worn separately.


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( Jul. 27th, 2012 05:10 pm)
Well, one has to sit down to try on shoes so it's one of the few things i managed to do this week. I didn't like these until I realised one can wear them with the cuff up. Suddenly they were tempting. Both the leather and the sole are soft, the heel is modest, and look, no zipper! Old fashioned styling that I love, a little raw. Gabor brand yet again.  I've had them on all day and they feel like slipper only more supportive. I will note though that I have walked <3000 steps.

These may give #8 a rest occasionally. They may also pursuade me to give up on #12 which have never fit well.

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Remember these?

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Which I turned into these:

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Well, my local Salvos store today provided me with a brand new, unworn pair, same colour, same size, for the princely sum of $6.99.

The universe has respected my wish to never be without espadrille mules for the summer months. I'm good for years now with just a bit of effort and very little cost. Yay!!

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( May. 25th, 2012 08:47 pm)
Not the best photo I've managed- but these almost new boots hadn't yet made it to the shoe files. Good boots to wear while almost falling at the feet of a collection of attractive (and expensive) mechanics. Almost didn't win any prizes though. Bought several months ago, the evening we spent 30min watching ads prior to "Game of Shadows"*. Ridiculously comfortable for new shoes. RMK-first pair I've had from this brand.

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*good fun but contained far too many guns and didn't hold together as a film like #1. 
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( Apr. 28th, 2012 10:00 am)
No I haven't just bought shoes, I just got around to taking pics of these cute things I bought in Port Fairy early last month. I also just got around to wearing them. I've only done a half day in the office with them so far.  They are a very close fit but otherwise comfy. I think they just need some time on the foot but I'm learning to limit the wearing time early on with new shoes.

By Fiona McGuiness. Bought for $50 vs what looks like the original price of $238


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OMG. I had an honest to goodness shoe shopping dream last night.
There was a tiny shoe shop on a city corner- that was closing down and thus had fabulous bargains. I was sad the shop was closing because they also made shoes there, but pleased of course about the bargain prices.  I tried a bunch of shoes on and was planning to buy a second pair of favourite shoes that I already had ( louis heeled, double strapped red ones- that I don't have in real life**) and some faaabulous open fronted boots* made of lovely soft but strong leather in shades of red-pink-orange-purple. They fit really well but I was worrying about whether I would cope with the purple- when the alarm went off.

I am amused.

*a style that I don't approve of IRL.
**remarkably similar though to a white pair that I do own. #36 in fact.
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( Mar. 24th, 2012 09:14 am)
I don't normally wear thongs at all. But these are such a minimalist and elegant shoe that I was tempted to aquire them and give them a try on very warm days. It rather helped that they were marked down to very little. They are also a challenge to have my toenails as pretty as I've proved my fingernails can be. Not today though. Today just looking at them makes me feel cold. Oh that might actually be because it is cold.


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#10 has been ejected from the collection to keep the numbers. They are now even more dilapidated less supportive.
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