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The One That Got Away | Manolo's Shoe Blog

The One That Got Away

When I started curating my shoe collection nearly a decade ago –when Lacroix still had his atelier, Gaultier was CD for Hermès and Muccia Prada’s current models were still fetuses instead of just practically ones– I did so with the knowledge that someday the newspaper gravy train, where I was raking in tens of dollars a month, would end.

I bought carefully and within my means, bringing home a pair of new lovelies only if I could pay cash and was confident they’d be just as stylish thirty years from the moment I stood, insidey parts all a-tingle, at the Neiman Marcus jewelry counter where my wisecracking sales associate always secretly checked me out so I wouldn’t have to wait in line like an animal.

That means my collection errs on the conservative side.

Good shoes are too expensive if they’ll look foolish after two seasons, and capable bank robbers willing to share their bounty with law abiding fat girls in heels don’t grow on trees, at least they didn’t in Texas.

Several years ago, I fell in love with a shoe.

Not just any shoe, the green python Anniversary pump, the cornerstone shoe for Dior’s entire magnificent collection, a far cry from the demure Valentinos I was collecting at the time.

It rung bells in belfries I didn’t even know I had.

My favorite house, referencing my favorite fashion era, using my favorite material in my favorite color. The only way they could’ve been more suited to me is if they came with a free chiseled commitment-minded footballer who loved to give foot massages as a gift with purchase.

Sadly, it was not to be. I did manage to locate a pair in fuchsia kid leather and I do adore them, but my beloved green Anniversaries got away and even though the shoeniverse eventually tried to make it up to me by sending me that foot-rubbing footballer, it’s just not the same.

What about you? What’s your one wearable that truly got away?

6 Responses to “The One That Got Away”

  1. megaera November 9, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    The boots from the Sophie Ellis Bextor’s Murder on the Dancefloor. Gina Shoes’ Valeria Peep Toe Boot. They were rather ridiculously expensive, and I was still willing to pay…but only after I’d saved up the money. I scrimped; I saved; I pretty much starved. And when I finally had the money, they were no longer carrying the boot in my size. I occasionally look across the interwebs, because these may be the one pair of shoes I’m willing to buy “gently used”.

    • Miss Plumcake November 9, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

      @Megara: Don’t be too hasty to disregard the secondary market. I have dozens of shoes I’ve either never worn or worn once, rarely for more than four hours, and I doubt I’m the only one. I know a dear friend who was the same and used to clear our her closet once or twice a year. My thousand dollar pair of fuchsia silk Brian Atwoods, which I wore from 10:00 to 10:45 p.m. on Christmas Eve, 2006 would probably resell for a quarter of that, and all I did was wear them to midnight services at church. That being said, I’d avoid Louboutins. There are way too many replicas out there to buy them unless the department store stickers are still on.

  2. Heather November 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Really? The Anniversaire in green python is my “one that got away” as well! I have an ongoing eBay search for my size but only the fuchsia shows up every once in a while. Its like we have a mind meld or something!

    • Miss Plumcake November 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

      @Heather: It’s maddening, isn’t it? I took a size 40 in the Fuchsias, but would’ve been happier with a size 41, which I’m not even sure they made. I only hope we don’t wear the same size. Then it would be on!

  3. Carol November 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    Louboutin Very Prive in python. Had the online receipt from Barney’s. Got an email the next day “so sorry, sold out”. What a horrible tease.

    • Miss Plumcake November 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

      @Carol: I feel your pain! That happened to me with those Miu Miu teacup shoes from a few years ago. Barneys is a cruel, cruel mistress.