#ThrowbackThursday: To All the Shoes I’ve Loved Before

Jun 12, 2014 by



In Cinderella Screwed Me Over, Darby has a thing for shoes, especially extra tall ones. She meets Jake in the restaurant he owns when he heel of her stiletto sticks in the floorboard and she ends up standing across from him with one foot five inches higher than the other. She also notices that even in her heels, he’s got several inches on her, which isn’t something that happens to her very often. So you could say they meet all because of a pair of sexy shoes. I’ll admit that my personal shoe obsession often bleeds into my writing, because, well, I LOVE shoes. I have a closet with racks, and the ones that don’t fit on there are lined up on my closet floor, with several shoes forever spilling out. Occasionally I have to go through and get rid of a few pairs to make room for the new ones, and of course there are the favorite, often-worn ones that have fallen apart after years of wear and tear. I do keep some even though it’s unlikely I’ll ever wear them again, what with them no longer being in style, and I’ve gotten rid of a few I wish I hadn’t. Jellies, anyone? Man, I’d love to have kept a pair, although sticking my foot in the ones I wore in elementary would probably result in my foot bulging out like one of the step-sisters in Cinderella. Ok, so maybe it’s for the best those got tossed. *blinks back a tear*


Back in high school, the bigger the sole, the cooler the shoe. I remember my Grandpa taking a look at my giant black boots with their huge tread and saying, “Well, at least you know you’ll never wear out the sole.” Exactly why I chose them of course, Grandpa. LOL. Plus, good in snow, like so…




(Oh, and don’t worry, I know my purple, space-ship-ready coat is super cool. Another article of clothing I totally should’ve kept.)


I also had a pair of chunky-heeled canvas sneakers that I played softball in during the summer—I obviously cared a lot about winning while I was running bases in those. (More like if I actually ran the bases, because hitting that damn ball with the stupid bat, so not my thing. At least I looked fab striking out, though, right? My teammates would agree, I’m sure.)



As the years have gone by, the soles have gotten smaller, the heels higher and skinnier. And I LOVE them! Give me a pair of five-inch stilettos, especially brightly colored or sparkly, and I’m a happy girl. Add in studs, and I’ll tackle hug you—after all, every girl needs a pair of shoes that can double as weapons. But I’ll always have a soft spot for the chunky-heeled shoes that got me through high school. They were the first shoes I fell in love with—the gateway shoes, if you will. And I’m glad for my obsession, because no matter how crappy my day is, it’s always better if I’ve got on a pair of shoes I love. And, as Darby says, a great pair of heels is always there for you, and I have to agree. Flowers wilt and die, but shoes are forever!








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Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.






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  1. Christine A

    Damn, I remember those clunky shoes from school. I had a pair that my dad called my “frankenstein” boots. I was the first girl in my class to get a pair heels and I loved them, granted the boys at the time had yet to go through their growth spurt and I was taller than them but I at least looked good while doing it.

    I do love looking at shoes but I unfortunately can’t wear all the pretties. I badly hurt my ankle 3yrs ago and it’s still not strong enough to handle sky high stilettos. Now wedges? Wedges I can do if they are made well. In the absence of being able to wear gorgeous shoes i have developed an addiction to hats of all kinds.

    • Yay, someone else remembers the clunky shoes! Frankenstein boots–LOL! Hats are always a good option and wedges are a good choice! 🙂

  2. Bella Carstairs

    Hi! Love the post aaaaaaaand…there it goes!One more book to my TBR list!!!

  3. I’ve always been a tomboy but i’ve never been able to resist the allure of a comfy pair of sexy shoes! i’d choose shoes over make-up any day!

  4. I’ll definitely be adding that to my TBR list! 🙂 Great post!

  5. Ana S.

    I have to say those shoes look kind of comfy but I doubt I would use them!
    and am so looking forward to read the book, looks great!

  6. Samantha Wallace

    I will have to read the book it sounds interesting and I loved the story you shared about your shoes in high school!! 🙂

  7. Bianca

    Hi! Interesting post 🙂

  8. Those are sexylicious

  9. My husband used compliment me on my small shoe collection. Unfortunately for him, it has become the bane of his existence. LOL. It now takes up our whole closet! I got married at 18…so I guess the addiction to shoes means I’m a grown up now… LOL! Just bought the book! Can’t wait to read it!

    • Thanks so much! I think we need more shoes the older we get. At least we don’t grow out of them anymore, so the fabulous can last years! 🙂

  10. Seems like an interesting twist of Cinderella 🙂

  11. Rachel Hamilton

    Can I start with I love those black shoes. I had a pair which I got so much flak for wearing it isn’t funny. Okay, I’m tall enough without them but still they were so cool. I wore them till they fell apart.

    Now I’ve grown up, I have a couple of special pairs of shoes but none so impractical as those ones. 🙂

    • I love that you had a pair too! I’m fairly tall too. My prom date had to go onto his toes in our picture & the photographer cut off the bottom. But my dedication to heels was unstoppable! Lol. Luckily my hubby is super tall.

  12. My husband hates that as I get older my shoes collection gets bigger! It used to be so small LOL

  13. I love High-heels! Although I always fall to the ground when using them.
    P.S.: Sorry for my bad english, I’m still learning

    • Your english is great! Thanks for commenting! And definitely be careful! Practice makes perfect, but it’s especially fun if you’ve got a hottie to cling to when you’re getting the hang of heels. Hehe

  14. Hadiya Q

    ohh my love for shoes- no matter heels or flats. my sneakers or pumps.. but stiill not going to think of myself as Cinderella… 😀

  15. Celyn K

    I’m so jealous you can move in stilettos – I tried a couple of times and nearly broke my neck. Though give me any other kind of shoe and it’ll be gladly added to my collection! 🙂

  16. Jennifer Shiels

    I’ll definitely have to check out that story – Cinderella Screwed Me Over. Sounds like it might be pretty funny.

  17. Adriana P.

    Loved the post! Will definitely be adding Cinderella Screwed Me Over to my TBR!

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