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On shoes (x3)

What’s going on here?

shoe goo

Well, the other week, the sole of Lisey’s shoe came completely off (right as we were heading out the door to church too. Nuts.)

I already had a tube of shoe goo (remember this shoe repair?), so I made an effort to glue the sole back on. I’ve never had to deal with a whole sole, though, so keeping the sole squeezed onto the shoe during the drying period was going to be a challenge until Mr. FG suggested using clamps.

I’m not sure how long the glue job will hold, considering that I had to glue the whole sole, not just part of it, but hey, I already had the shoe goo and it only took me a few minutes, so I figured it was worth a shot.


Speaking of flats, Zoe’s been wanting a pair (Somehow, we didn’t have any flats in her size, which is sort of odd, given that she has two older sisters who hand shoes down to her.), and so I took her out to a store to buy a pair.

Unfortunately, her feet seem to be kind of in between sizes and no matter which style we tried on, we couldn’t find some that fit perfectly. And flats do need to fit perfectly, since they have no straps to hold them on (whereas you can buy Mary Janes a bit big and they’ll still work.)

We gave up, and on the way home, we stopped at Goodwill where lo and behold, there was a pair of flats in the half size that Zoe needed.

goodwill flats

And they cost a whole $3.


They’re slightly broken in, which is actually kind of nice, because they’re already all soft and flexible.


The other day on instagram (where I post not-super-high-quality photos that I take with Mr. FG’s ipod. :)), I shared a photo of my Converse, which give me a mood lift every time I put them on thanks to their perky colors. I’ve never owned a pair before, and I love these.

happy shoes

Happy shoes. Yup!

I found them this past spring at Famous Footwear (On the clearance rack. Which I check every time I’m shopping for shoes. Of course.), and Famous Footwear was running a Buy One, Get One Half Off sale.

Happily, these sales usually apply to clearance shoes as well, and I was buying a pair of shoes for one of my kids anyway, so it was very simple to get half off of the already reduced clearance price.

two pairs of Converse

I think the price of my Converse ended up being about $10, which is, you know, kind of awesome. (!)

We’ve had good luck with finding other pairs of Converse on the clearance racks too, so if you’re in the market, do take a quick peek next time you’re in there.

Also, if you sign up for their rewards club, you’ll get some coupons in your email inbox, which are frequently usable even on clearance shoes.

Thus endeth the miscellaneous shoe post.

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Monday 16th of December 2013

What drand are those flats? so sure cute?

Emily N.

Wednesday 11th of December 2013

Those silver flats are cute!

I never buy shoes from Payless anymore. I may be frugal, but shoes are one place I don't skimp.


Tuesday 10th of December 2013

In the days before shoe goo the sole came off my saddle shoes ( we're talking 1965) My father glued the shoe with some kind of rubber cement. Half way through the school day the glue gave way and I spent the afternoon walking around in shoes that went flap-flap-flap with every step. I was mortified! and obviously scared for life since I still remember the details to this day.


Tuesday 10th of December 2013

It's not clear from the picture, but did you use some kind of brace that would keep the sole flat and distribute the pressure from the clamps?


Tuesday 10th of December 2013

But you forgot BOOTS Kristen, which you will need today! The Flats and the Converse' will be no good to you today! It is snowing here already and getting heavier by the minute. Now, I could tell you about the snow shovels that I got on sale last year, but I won't. But I will be using them very soon, just as soon as I have had breakfast and watched the snow falling on The Lake while drink my coffee for a while. Oh and I'll be thinking about all those unfortunates who are NOT retired and have to go to work in this mess. And it is still only December 10th! Merry Christmas.


Tuesday 10th of December 2013

Oh, I have boots! I got them on clearance at the end of winter one year at Modell's. :D

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