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!
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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