Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I Want to Keep the Shoe

My husband knows the rules.  There are two things OFF LIMITS to his judgement.  I can spend money on these things however I see fit, and he gets NO say in the matter.  Those two things are, of course:

1.  Haircuts
2.  Shoes

(And maybe about 14 hundred and 33 other things, but that's part of a woman's mystery.)

So when (one of) my (kind of) favorite black, strappy shoes pulled a little trick on me called The Shoe Is Separating From The Sole and another little trick called The Elastic Is About To Give On The Cute Strappy Part, I chose not to send them to Shoe Heaven.  Instead, I took them to Tiny's.

Tiny's Shoe Repair situated in a tiny little strip mall shop that likely once was a film drop-off, is occupied by two tiny little employees with (presumably) tiny little feet.  

So I walk in the tiny door.

Me:  Hi.  Uh, do you repair shoes?  (Dumb question.  Dumb question.)

Tiny Lady:  You want fix shoe?

Me:  Yes.  The sole is separating from the shoe part.  And it looks like the strappy thingies are just about to give.  

Tiny Lady:  Oh.  You LIKE the shoe?

Me:  Uh, yes.  I like the shoes.

Tiny Lady:  You want to KEEP the shoe?

Me:  Yes.  I'd like to keep both shoes.

Tiny Lady:  You want to PAY to fix the shoe.

Me:  Um, yes.  

Tiny Lady:  What you put on shoe?  

Me:  (Sheepishly...)  Well, I was hoping no one would notice that.  But, uh, I was kind of in a bind.  I was working and my shoe started falling apart so I did the only thing I knew how to do.  I used the hot glue gun.  

Tiny Lady:  Oh.  It cost more to fix hah glue.  I have to clean hah glue first.

Me:  Okay.

Tiny Lady:  You LIKE the shoe?

Me:  Yes.  I like the shoes.

Tiny Lady:  You want to PAY to fix the shoe?

Me:  Yes.  Please.  I'll pay.

Tiny Lady:  It cost 25 dollar.  

Me:  Okay.

Tiny Lady:  You LIKE the shoe?

(Sheez lady.  I know.  They're cheap-ass shoes.  I think I got them from Marshall's.  I think I paid about $15 for them, but YES, I LIKE THE SHOE.  I like BOTH shoes.)

Tiny Lady:  Your Husband like the shoe?

Me:  ........  Actually, no.

Which brings me back to my original point.  He gets no say in my shoes.  And Sunday, when I get my haircut, he better not ask me if I like the hair.

(Shoe photo from my Bitchy friends.)

(I miss you shoes.  Come back home safely.)


Kathryn said...

Wow. I like the shoe too!

That conversation is hilarious!

Chrissy said...

Hehe...that's so funny! That shoe looks like a keeper to me, too.

CC said...

Me likes. Me likes.

Tiffany said...

I'd definitely save the shoe! Love the questions over and over - Just making sure you "like shoe"!

MelADramatic Mommy said...

Good luck! I hope they come back good as new.

Lori said...

that is too funny... and it is a cute shoe

hope school is treating you well

Amy said...

lmao!!! I miss ya - hope all is well.

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

I like the shoe too and so smart to get it fixed :)

Stephanie said...

I do like that shoe! I have sent many shoes to the repair shop that I cannot bear to part with.

Do we get before/after shots of the hair when you cut it?

Karen said...

I cannot believe she was questioning your taste in shoes! Geez. "You like money? You want paid? Fix shoe already and shush!"

Cindy said...

Funny! And really cute shoes. :)

Krystyn said...

Good rules! And, if the shoe is worth it, it must be fixed.

Maybe if you told the lady you hated them, she might have charged less?

Burgh Baby said...

I wonder what she would do if you brought in three matching shoes. Then would she acknowledge the plural? Surely, she would, as she tried to figure out exactly what you planned to do with shoe #3, other than shove it up her hiney.

Amber M. said...

Funny! I think that same lady made fun of my penny loafer I took in to get the heeled reattached in college.

But she did fix them...:-)

Kori said...

I adore the shoe. All of them.

Denise said...


I like the shoe too! Both of them.
They will be back soon! :o)

Stacie said...

that IS a cute shoe, i want shoe too, I like shoe. :)

katydidnot said...

hah glue. bain of my existance.

you like shoe?

Kelli said...

That whole coversation is TOO funny. Those shoes are adorable. I can't believe she asked you that many times. I hope they return safely too.

Wendi said...

I am thinking Miss Tiny liked your shoes.
I think she wanted them for herself.
I think I like your shoes.
I think I want them too.
Where did you say this shoe repair shop was located?
If they don't come back...don't look at me!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I've seen that show in person before--she's definitely worth saving!

tommie said...

oooh, I likey the shoe too! I hope she comes home safely.

Amy said...

Well they are very cute sassy shoes, I hope the tiny lady takes good care of them!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Strappy shoes, schmappy shoes. Who's the hawt butch girl in the motorcycle boots?

OHmommy said...

The conversation is priceless. I love my shoe repair shop and they ask me if I like my shoes too. WHA? Why would I be here if I didn't. :) Cute post.

Anonymous said...

i recognize the knee.
wondering about the haircut.

Casey's trio said...

Hilarious! Cute shoe...hope they come home safely!

The Girl Next Door said...

ha! this kills me! And I like the shoe, too. I need to find me a "tiny" - wrecked my fav-or-ite "betty boop" shoes in Vegas last month and want to cry every time I look at them. Somehow I think you understand!

dkuroiwa said...

It's amazing the things we will go through to prolong the life of a well-loved shoe..even one we got at a pretty cheap price!!

And yeah...those are some great strappy shoes.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Cheap or not, those shoes=so worth saving.

This conversation reminds me of one I had while apartment hunting over the phone.

Hi, I was wondering how big your 2 bedroom is?

One thousand dollah

Right, no, I'm wondering what the square footage is.

No squah feet!!

No, like how big the apartment is, how many sqaure feet.

One squah foot, its one squah foot.

Riiight. Thanks. Bye.

LaskiGal said...

I have a pair of shoes like that.

Scratch that . . .

I did have a . . . I can't go on.

I just can't. The memories are too hard to take.

HM said...

She must not have heard you the first 100 times. :) And I agree, husbands should have no say unless, of course, they'll buy you lots of them!