Monday, January 28, 2008

When Divine Intervention Attacks!


There are days when the stars align, the winds are blowing the right direction, the gods smile, and you find a pair of shoes that you loved in an ad six months ago, but didn't buy because they were too expensive, on sale for 70 percent off. In your size.

Last week I had one of those days.

The shoes in question?

The Cole Haan Dalya Mary Jane in black patent leather. With Nike Air technology.

The clouds seemed to open up and the heavens seemed to sing as I sashayed out of Bloomingdale's shopping bag in tow. It's pretty much as close as I get to a religious epiphany.

However, last Saturday, I had another religious experience. One where I was begging for divine intervention to stop the pain in my feet!

Now, as some of you may know, I'm a big fan of the suck-it-up-and-wear-the-shoes-God-made-pretty. But I'm always looking for ways to ease the pain, and Cole Haan's integration of sneaker technology from Nike into real shoes was intriguing.

When I first got the mary janes in question, I was thrilled with the bouncy cushioning and rubber soles on the shoes. I even bragged to a co-worker about how cool they were. Well, obviously hubris had consequences.

After a long night of dancing at a friend's birthday party, I found myself hobbling into my apartment in my pretty shoes, begging for someone, anyone, to take away the throbbing pain in my toes. Luckily, I passed out before finding the leftover Percocet in my bathroom cabinet.


The next morning, while staring contemptuously through a nasty hangover at my shoes, I noticed that a few of my toes had actually GONE NUMB. Like nerve damage numb. It's coming back now (thirty-six hours later!) but seriously!

Now, I'm a glutton for pain when it comes to looking pretty, so I fully plan on wearing the shoes again, but heed this! Don't go buying these shoes for the comfort factor. Just stock up on pain killers and anti-inflammatories.

14 comments:

Bellwether said...

I'm a glutton for punishment, so I must know: which Bloomies did you find them at? I loved loved loved these shoes when they were featured in the Cole Haan ads in the fall and could definitely spring for a pair at 70% off! Please share!

abrownee said...

I had my "index" toe on my left foot go numb. After two months with that horrible numb tingling I finally sucked it up and went to the podiatrist. I got a shot that felt like the needle went all the way through my foot, but it did make the numbness go away. Since then I shy away from heels pretty much all together. Thank goodness for ballet flats. Yes, I'm a sad fashion mistake, but the podiatrist experience was enough to make me swear off pretty shoes for quite some time.

Been wearing CH forever said...

are you sure you bought them in the right size? being patent leather they dont give as much and you probably should have gone up 1/2 a size than your normal size. Also, CH will stretch them out for you to make the break in time shorter.

caphillbarbie said...

Bellweather, they were purchased at the Chevy Chase Bloomies, but they only had a 5 1/2 left after I snatched up mine.

They were actually half a size too big! I'm considering trying out Insolias to take a little of the pain away before trying a cortisone shot, but let's just say I haven't ruled it out yet!

Bellwether said...

Thanks for the tip! Unfortunately I don't wear 5.5. :(
Hope the inserts work!

Big Sky Girl said...

I bought several pairs of these Cole Haan Airs when they came out. They were cute, they were comfy, and when found on Ebay or on sale they were priced right.

Then, one night, I wore them on a four block walk. They should have been perfectly fine. I could barely feel my legs let alone my feet.

The only high heels that I have ever found that DO NOT HURT are rockports. That's right the men's wingtip shoe people.

I had a pair of plain black round toed leather pumps that were adorable. I wore them for almost two years. I walked thousands of miles in them, and then one day, the shocks wore out andthey became painful. But up until then, they were parfait.

The problem is, they didn't really catch on. And the styles aren't as good as Cole Haan. So, now they are tough to find. But if you find a pair that you like, BUY THEM.

Eliz said...

I am so glad that it is not just me-I bought the CUTEST pair of ankle boots over a year ago when they first introduced the nike air technology. The boots are awesome looking (and I will wear them til I die because I paid A LOT for them), but they are the most uncomforable shoes I have ever worn in my entire life. Really-they are awful.

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