Okay, I think my shoes are on their last limbs. I'm feeling a very subtle flapping coming from inside the shoe. I can't consistently reproduce the problem and I can't see where the flapping is coming from, on visual examination.
I have to admit, $40 to be shod for two years isn't too bad. I got them two years ago at a Boxing Week sale at the mall. I've been wearing the same pair of black leather heels every single day. The only exceptions were special events, like my wedding. =) They're comfy. The laces are a pain in the ass, but they're very sturdy and comfy. It has a cushy sole, so I can walk great distances in them without killing my feet or my back. Oh, and the soles must've been 2 inches thick when I first got them because there's absolutely no danger of them wearing down.
I was trying shoes at the mall over the holidays. It's amazingly difficult to find Black Shoes[tm]. I want 3+ inch heels with a bit of height under the toes so that the incline isn't as bad as a stilletto. But I don't always like the shape of some of the heels or toes I see.
"Impossible To Find Clothing" Rant
It's as though The Western World is telling me that I don't deserve to be wearing clothes. In Hong Kong and Taiwan, all clothes in all boutiques and all department stores are all custom made FOR ME.
I'm beginning to think that North American sizes increase exponentially by each measurement step. Otherwise, why am I a Size 3 Petite (for pants) when a friend of mine who really isn't that much bigger than I am, a Size 12 Regular?!?!?!
I have friends who have moved to the US who tell me that I wouldn't have a hope in hell of finding clothes there. The only people my size down there, haven't reached puberty yet. So, I guess I could only wear anything if I learned how to do serious altering (because you don't expect an 8 year old to have boobs). This is why I ordered an XS Ladies for my LJ t-shirt. I'm amazed that it's a little snug.
A White Shirt[tm] is nearly impossible. I've noticed that Caucasian women have looooooooong arms. Every shirt that I try on, if the body fits, the sleeves will be fire hoses. And when I find one with the right length sleeve, it doesn't have Princess seams. Even with adult ladies sizes, I need Princess seams. =P
And if I find a shirt that fits PERFECTLY in the sleeves, torso, length, and looks good, it will be in the wrong colour or it's ripped/snagged somewhere.
I used to have a lot of trouble with Black Pants[tm]. People my height are not allowed to have butts, apparently. But The Garage Clothing Company has come to my rescue and they will be my Black/Dark Pants[tm] supplier into my next life. I get slightly flare bottomed pants now. And Garage - get this! - has Size 3 Petites. They have Size 1 Petites all the way up to Size 17.
I'm with diannaandbill's sister. I want my clothes to magically appear in my drawers.