January 14, 2004

Overheard at Nine West.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 9:33 pm

I just came across a scrap of paper on which I had scribbled a reminder note about something I saw and heard while Christmas shopping.

I was in Nine West to buy a gift certificate. For the uninitiated (and who did not click the Nine West link), Nine West is a trendy shoe store for women’s shoes. A customer was trying on these shoes, and had the following conversation with the sales clerk:

Customer: (standing, looking down at shoes, holding her feet at various angles) “I love them. I particularly love the heel and the effect with the chain. Are they wearing open toes in the winter”?

Clerk: “Oh, yes. Open toes are extremely popular now. Everyone is wearing them.”

Customer: “They would go great with my black dress.”

Clerk: “They would be perfect with a black dress.”

Customer: “And, the best thing about them is that they are not terribly uncomfortable.”

We’re doomed.


  1. Nine West shoes are just ghastly. They’re viciously uncomfortable, and they don’t even have the virtue of being Italian and/or sexy.

    But seriously…it is possible to find wicked-looking high heels that don’t abuse your feet. However, said heels must be either Italian or “designer” (i.e. Kenneth Cole, Liz Claiborne).

    Comment by Rebecca — January 17, 2004 @ 10:27 am

  2. Yes! I can finally comment!

    Those are what I like to call “Cruel Shoes”, to be avoided no matter how good they might look.

    Comment by Rita — January 17, 2004 @ 3:55 pm

  3. Heh – if she’s in Chicago and wearing those now – her feet will freeze off and she’ll never have to worry about shoes again.

    Comment by Teresa — January 19, 2004 @ 11:12 pm

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