Wednesday, January 07, 2009

I Love My Boots

So I don't know what's up with this school district. Yesterday was a throwback to the panic/reactionary times of a few years ago. (One winter they canceled school the night before and it never did anything--no snow, no ice, no rain. It was infuriating.) We had predictions of an ice storm, and it came, but they did a one-hour early dismissal even though nothing was happening yet, and nothing did happen until a couple of hours after the kids were home.

Today, with an inch of ice on everything, freezing rain still coming down, the roads fine but with patchy ice and slipperiness--far more than the nothing we had yesterday!--we only had a two-hour delay. I just don't get it.

Anyway, with the ice storm, I got to try my new boots. I have a pair of cheap men's waterproof construction boots that keep my feet dry but have NO tread, and an old pair of hiking boots that have good tread and are lightweight but have no waterproofing and even if I spray them, they're uninsulated so my feet get cold

So we were shopping for shoes last week, and due to a rockin' discount we had four pairs of sneakers, a pair of sheepskin slippers, and a package of socks and were still under budget. I tried on a pair of boots that I knew I'd be getting for less than half the "suggested retail" and the first pair fit perfectly, cradling my feet. Now, this never happens. I have weird feet. Before I had my kids, they measured 6EEE but I wore a 9C or D, depending on the style of shoe. I haven't done an actual measurement since, because I know my feet and I worked in a full-service shoe store so I know how to fit shoes, but with the normal loosening of the joints that pregnancy causes, and the fact that I've only worn flat shoes for the last 10 or 15 years, they've spread even more. So finding a pair of shoes that's wide enough without being too freakin' long or pinching somewhere or having the arch hit me wrong is a miracle. So I bought them.

Today I got to wear them, and OMG, they are awesome. So warm and dry and light and I have no fear of skidding on the ice. I mean, even the best tread is going to allow occasional slipping, but these at least have some grip. So today, I got to start off gleeful. :)


Anonymous said...

It's awesome when you find something small like that to start your day smiling!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Even better when it continues! (Not that it has, it's just been a normal day.)

Vicky B said...

So wonderful when it all comes together and works right! I have a terrible time finding shoes that fit me too. Congratulations on a new pair that fits and is good!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Thanks! :)

Victoria said...

I'm with you on questioning the sense of the school district. I don't get it either.
Yay on being gleeful and new boots!

WV - blessalc: talcum powder blessed by priests.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the shout out sis!! I forget, which boots did you get?

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Okay, V, the obvious question is, why does talcum powder need blessing? LOL

Anon, I got the brown Nevados with the light blue accents. Which I meant to mention. I couldn't find a picture online to post, or I would have.

Victoria said...

Well, then you could use it like holy water and not get wet!!!

Today's wv- mationeo - the time Elvis Martineo goes to the movies. ELVIS!!!!

Cindy Procter-King said...

Cool, new boots. I love new boots.