I Love Fierce Shoes But I Gotta Give ‘Em Up Now

I have always loved high heels.  Spike high and pointy toed, fierce and beautiful.  This shoe fetish I have has been a 40 year long love journey.  From the time back when I was a tiny tot sticking my foot into my mom’s shoes, including the time when my friend and I would switch and wear each others platforms at school, up until  the present time with a closet filled with shoes of all types, beautiful high heeled shoes have been a huge love of mine.

These days, shoes are even more fabulous than ever!  There are the stiletto heeled platforms that are so gorgeous, the cute strappy shoes, and even the wedged heel platforms that have come back from the seventies – the exact style that I wore as a teen.  Also there are the pumps of all shapes, colors and styles.

There also are the fabulous Manolos I will never afford, along with everybody else who claim to do shoes – from Anne Klein to Kim K!  Shoes, shoes, shoes!!  They are just so much fun and they make a woman (and some men) look and sound absolutely gorgeous and powerful!

Hey, BTW, did y’all know that the red soled shoe star,  Christian Louboutin , is a black man?  😀

Français : escarpin "peep toe" Chris...
Christian Louboutin

I have been thinking about doing this post for a while now.  I just kept putting it off, but recently when my girl Mukami made a video post on the fierceness of shoes, I decided that it was finally time to talk about my shoe love!  I don’t know why I love them so, but I do, and I’m not ashamed to admit it!

I especially love those shoes that are slightly enclosed, somewhat like a boot.  When I was younger, I loved clogs, and the desert boot, and I also had this pair of flat shoes that were somewhat bootlike, and zipped at the top with an open toe.  Desert boot like, but fancier and more feminine.  I totally loved those shoes.   I still have the same tastes in shoes, as I think back on those that I loved when I was younger.  I would totally wear today, the styles I did 30 years ago.

Unfortunately, the time has come for me to give the high heeled shoe up.  I have reached that age where comfort is more important than looks.  It’s really not even about comfort, but ABILITY.  I’m unable to walk in the spiked heels anymore.  And to prove it, just this past Sunday I made the mistake of wearing high heels to church, after two months of not doing so.  My foot had quickly adjusted to not dealing with the stress of high heels and when I put those spiked heels on, I felt the pain the minute I stepped out of my house.  As I hobbled to my car, it crossed my mind to go back in and switch to my plain, sad looking  low heels.  But it was Easter Sunday, and since I’d finally managed to get out in time to get to church early,  I wasn’t willing to chance being late on this momentous day, especially when the churches fill up with C M E people on this day.

But this sad shoe milestone has been reached, and I must reconcile to my fate.  My feet have revolted, and refuse to be bound any longer.  So now I’m relegated to the Michelle Obama shoe.

Don’t even front like our First Lady’s shoes aren’t an abomination. Her shoes are abominable.  My FLOTUS be wearing some yugly shoes.  (Yucky and ugly)  Michelle’s shoes are Uglay, with a capital Ugg.  And that is my issue.  She dresses so beautifully, so fly, so fabulously, yet there she is in those pathetic 1-inch styleless low heels.  And this ought to be protested.  The fact that there are no fierce, fabulous, fly, and formidable low heeled shoes!  Am I the only one who sees this?  I am not understanding this.

I hate the fact that it’s impossible to find beautiful low heeled shoes.  This has not always been the case.  When I was younger, there were plenty of low heeled shoes styles that were classy and beautiful.  I have no idea why beautiful flats and 1-inch stiletto shoes have gone out of style, and I must say that it’s heartbreaking for a shoe freak such as myself.    😥

The Michelle Obama shoe, studded out and still ugly
Red High Heel Pumps
The Yugly Style-less pump
The Kanye West Shoe – ummmm…..sir?

PS:  I remember an extremely fierce shoe that gave me palpitations at the age of 16 – those fabulous burgundy wine colored lace up victorian boots that Donna Summer sported on her “I Feel Love” album cover!  I still feel a twinge of desire just looking at the perfection of those shoes/boots!

RIP dear Donna Summer

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Lin says:

    Yet another of those pesky signs that we’re all getting older & thus, we must forsake the freedom of funky fresh fashion flyness & become more sedate, sensible, self-aware & accomodating. I completely agree, hobbling is NOT a good look, Anna May! Best be comfortable than too damn cool to care. Your dawgs will thank you for it!


    1. Anna Renee says:

      Hey brother! Yes, I understand, but why cant we compromise? Why can’t we be freshly sedate, funktastically sensible, flyly self-aware? What’s wrong with freely accomodating?

      You see that studded Michelle Obama shoe? I call it plain design laziness. The design is simplistic, then they put studs all around it. That doesn’t help it. Plus studs, on the bow?!? It doesnt make sense, brother! Who ever heard of a studded bow? I’m not tryna make no kinky schizoid statements with my shoe! GTFOH!!! And it’s got a red sole! Mr. Louboutin, Sir? What have you done here?

      You see that little cow fur shoe? Why cant that design be put on a low heel? There’s no reason it cant! Or what about that purple wonderful one? It’s on a high platform! Cut that down and you have a nice low heeled shoe that’s classy and beautiful!!

      There’s some kind of conspiracy going on here. I aint ready to look like a granny, just because my feets dont want the spike heels.

      This might be an opportunity for me to become a ridiculously rich knockoff shoe designer….. *pondering very very vuurrrr hard*

  2. Lin says:

    Ummmm… you pose some perfectly reasonable questions here, Anna May, and to THAT I say, “Necessity is the Mother of Invention!”

    Suggestion: Sketch you a pair of funky fresh fashionably fly-azz SEDATE joints, & take that sketch to a shoemaker/designer type person! It could be the start of a whole NEW career in Anna-ville. Hell! You could yourself sum’m like Countess Ana Renee Du Cardin, or some fancy-freaky French isht! lol.


    Your fashion guru hath spoken Ohhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…


    1. Anna Renee says:

      *bowing with hands clasped in a prayer pose* 🙂

  3. Anna, I completey understand your predicment. I gave up high heels over five years ago. Since I have a job where I’m on my feet 8 to 15 hours a day I cannot wear high heels. Fortunately my job gives me a shoe allowance and I buy sensible work shoes. I’m also having a love affair with my podiatrist. He has save my tootsies, arches, heels and ankles many times over the last 3 years. For a while my feet situation got so bad that I had to wear ankle braces. As far as fashion goes my podiatrist has told me that I cannot wear shoes that are completely flat either because they offer no support for my arches. I must wear shoes that have a one to two inch heel. Three inches is an entrance into pain valley and I’ve returned several pairs of hot & sexy shoes to Zappos! Oh well time marches on and the body changes.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Oh sister! You had to wear ankles braces? Well I’m glad your podiatrist brought your feet back. Keep wearing those 1 and 2 inch heels, my friend. I’m joining you in that myself.

      1. Yup ankle braces. The floors in the museum are often very hard, especially certain galleries where they have marble floors. No fun.I still have the brace just in case of more problems but so far so good. I treat my feet with kid gloves. Get pedicures every two weeks. My feet are my bread and butter so I give them extra love.

        1. Anna Renee says:

          Wow! The pain suffered for art’s sake!

  4. righteouschoices says:

    Oh I love the first pair of shoes the MOST, they are F A B U L O U S. That is alright my sista, you rocked them when you could!

    1. Anna Renee says:

      They are my favs too! But I wouldnt have to give em up if they would just trim off the spike heels and leave the design!!! I aint ready to give em up!

      1. righteouschoices says:

        It is worth investigating…cause they are too pretty!

  5. MsAfropolitan says:

    I’m with you lady! I’m hanging on to my heels for special occasions but I’d rather have healthy feet and legs than extra inches in the long run. I like the flat summer sandals but winter time, it’s very hard to find flat boots that look decent.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      I wonder if I could go to a cobbler and have them trim off heels (with platforms) without ruining the integrity of the shoe? Trim platform and heel and resole the entire thing? Of course this would only work with a platform shoe like that purple one.

  6. Reggie says:

    Shoes are for women what porn is for men.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Nawl, brother Reggie, just nawl. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that….. then again…. *pondering*

      1. infinitealchemist says:

        No need to ponder on this 1, sis. He iz RIGHT! Shoes are def to WOMB’man what porn iz to men. The TRUTH!…..Chiiile!!! U had me crackin’ up ’bout Easter Sunday n’ Michelle Obama’s Fugly Shoes! CLASSIK! :)’s….

        1. Anna Renee says:

          Michelle’s shoes always is a hot azz mezzzzzzzzzzzzz!! An you know this! I love her anyway and forgive this trespass.

          1. infinitealchemist says:


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