I want, I must have, I need those shoes!!!!· 0 comments · Friend in the Closet
What to say when your client says “I gotta have those shoes”
While in the shoe department of SFA with a long time client and dear friend who was on the hunt for a New York look we started discussing what style shoes would work best for travels through NY and abroad. I rattled off a series of questions, where would she be going, would she be walking, taking a cab or subway, how far would she be walking, etc?
I prompted her to “tell me more” about the intention and purpose the shoe would serve and what it “looked” like to her.
Straight faced and innocent while trying on the 3” heel she said, what do you think of these, do you think I can and will wear these in NY? As her questions were considered I said very seriously, “can you walk 10 blocks in those shoes?” Carefully I retracted the bold response and noted the appeal of her taste by stating the shoes were very cool however, do you see yourself wearing them?
As we both suffer the woes of bad and uncomfortable feet I felt it necessary to remind her of the challenges she would face and was it worth it to her for the pure desire and beauty.
Her reply after carefully considering what I had said was, “NO I can’t wear them to run around the city but I can probably go NINE blocks”, made us break out in hearty laughter. The realization of what I presented and how it hit her with regard to practicality and function vs. the look guided her to a savings on a bad purchase. She had a few choice adjectives for me when I popped the imaginary visual bubble. Oops!
That shoe became the 9block shoe, impractical for a New Yorker with bad feet.
The shoe went back in the box and back to the stockroom. Practical vs the look.
What would you choose?
If the purchase and purpose of a shoe has specific criteria, honor it. To justify and excuse the impracticality of shoes because you like the way they look and MUST have instead of how they feel, will likely be shoes not worn or worse worn once not allowing for a return to be made if need be. The emotional purchase and one time wear can be an expensive mistake. If the “itch” arises based on the “look” take the shoes home and romance them before you commit to taking to the streets.
Be considerate of function and feel vs fashion and image.