Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Shoe-La-La! (and a $50 Zappos Giftcard Giveaway!!!)


Shoe-La-La!


Hi everyone! Hope you're all having a great week. A couple weeks ago, I was contacted by a representative of Scholastic books about a children's book they're promoting.

A children's book, Carol? Really?

Well, hang on there a second - you'll think this is cute! It's a children's book about the love of shoes.

Ooooohhhh...

See? Not totally off-topic for us, right?

(Yes, it's true. I do have conversations with the blog readers in my head. You don't?)

For those of you who have a daughter, a niece, a grand-daughter, or a friend's little girl for whom you're a much adored "auntie," you may want to check this one out. Kate, my daughter, has a comical obsession with shoes - she loves them. Her shoes, my shoes, her older brother's shoes - the shoes in the Nordstrom kids' shoe department, the shoes in the Nordstrom Salon Shoes department...and you can just imagine the amusement this affords my family (and the jokes about the apple not falling far from the tree...sigh). So, when Scholastic offered to send me a copy of this book, I was a little bit skittish. After all, I don't want to be accused of fostering rampant consumerist tendencies in my toddler daughter (who me? Noooo!). But after having perused it, I found the message was more about personal resourcefulness and ingenuity. The book describes four girls as they engage in an epic search for the perfect party shoes - only to find that their perfect shoes could only be realized when they applied their own creativity. Which led me to decide to try doing the same.

I started off wanting to make this a mother-daughter project, but I had no luck finding some inexpensive, unadorned ballet shoes for Kate. I did, however find some for myself at the Gap on super sale ($4!!!) and decided to go at it with some doodads and a glue gun:

1. Start with one pair of inexpensive shoes.

2. I found some acrylic "gemstone" and decorative brads at the local craft store (another $4).

3. I tied some bows with satin ribbon (had this stashed in my "craft supplies" box).

4. I picked out the brads I wanted to use, and prepped them for gluing by bending the stems flat against the back of the heads.

5. Using a pair of beading pliers to hold the brads and acrylic "gemstones" so as to avoid unpleasant hot-glue-gun burns, I attached the bow and stones to the shoe. (Just a note, if you do this, make sure you glue them on as though they were almost overlapping. Otherwise, they'll gap when the fabric stretches around your feet. Also, use said beading pliers to pull off any extra glue that may have clumped around the sides of the stones.)

6. All done! One pair of pretty shoes for $8 and 20 minutes of hot glue gun action. ^_^

Anyway, let's get to the real fun - one lucky reader will win:

A free copy of Shoe-La-La 
(a terrific gift for the little fashionista in your life...or just yourself. I won't tell.) 

AND 

A $50 Zappos.com Giftcard!

To be included in the drawing for this giveaway, this is what you have to do:

1) Be a public follower of our blog, and
2) leave a comment on this post, and tell us about your most memorable pair of shoes (good or bad). Please include your user name and last initial or your first name and last initial, so we can differentiate in case there are multiple entries by different people with the same first name (e.g. Sara T., Jessica M., etc). 

To get extra entries (up to 2 more!) you can

3) blog about this giveaway on your blog, and leave a comment with the link, and/or
4) tweet about the giveaway, including either @raphaela235 or @kathrynshops, and leave a comment telling us you did.

On January 18th, we'll do a random drawing from the entries and we'll send the prize out to the lucky winner! Just a note - please don't leave your email in the comments. We want to help you protect your contact information. When we draw the name and number of the winner, we'll post it on our blog on January 19, 2010 along with directions for that winner to contact us. If for some reason, the winner doesn't get in touch with us within 48 hours, we'll redraw, and announce a new winner, etc. This sponsored contest is open to all residents of the U.S., U.S. territories, Canada, and Military APO/FPO addresses.

Good luck to everyone!



***The entry period for this giveaway has closed. Thank you for your interest!***

104 comments:

  1. Great giveaway! What a cute book :) I am a follower already, and my most memorable pair of shoes was probably a pair of jellies I had when I was in middle school. I was SO COOL!

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  2. Also, I put a link to the giveaway on my blog; it's under "labels" on the right sidebar.

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  3. I only have sons, but would love to give the book to my niece. In grade school I had some high top "Punky Brewster" shoes - I wore those out!

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  4. Thanks for another fantastic giveaway - of course I follow!

    My best shoe memory? This is lame, but I love love loved a pair of stiletto black booties I purchased from Aerosoles yeeeaaars ago. What was so special about them? Seriously the most comfortable pair of heels EVER - I took them on a trip to Vegas with me and stomped all over town with them on and no pain!

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  5. Fabulous giveaway! I am a follower!

    My most memorable pair of shoes? A pair of platform Gucci sandals that I was lusting over in 2 years ago, but their 4-digit cost put them WAY over my budget. I kept stalking them, however, found out that Gucci actually has sales and got them for 80% off retail (it helps to be good friends with the GM at the Gucci store in the Galleria!). I adore them!

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  6. Perfect giveaway. I'm a follower!

    My most memorable pair of shoes are a pair of flats with little cherries on them. They are adorable, but not super comfortable, so I have to REALLY be in the right kind of mood.

    Thanks!
    Jacqueline B.
    jsbrill at gmail dot com

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  7. I'm a public follower! I love seeing your dressing-room photos so I can see how the dresses actually fit off the hanger!

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  8. I've also posted about your giveaway -- I have a little giveaway sidebar box on my blog. I linked to both your main-page and this giveaway post. My blog link is http://failedmuffins.blogspot.com

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  9. Cute shoes! Amazing what a little ingenuity can do to a pair of plain flats.

    For the giveaway - I'm a follower of the blog. My most memorable pair of shoes was a pair of Steve Madden heels that started cutting into my foot about half a block away from my apartment. They must have pressed some kind of pain center somewhere because by the time I got to school my whole body was hobbled over. Also, if anyone wants to buy a pair of Steve Madden heels, let me know. I'll give you a good price.

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  10. Tweeted about the giveaway from @Jewbulous!

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  11. My most memorable shoes... probably steve madden intyce boots!

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  12. I'm Ashley R, I'm a public follower, and my best/worst pair of shoes is all in one - I had a pair of silver sandles I LOVED - they were casual enough for everyday wear, but fancy enough to wear to work. After a couple years of wear, they finally broke, which was so sad. I went to DSW and found what was essentially an updated version of the same sandles - I was SO excited...until I wore those sandles once and they broke. Depressing.

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  13. I blogged! http://ashleygettingdressed.blogspot.com/2011/01/1411.html

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  14. Oh my goodness-- I *love* how they turned out! I would totally buy those shoes!

    My most memorable pair of shoes are definitely my wedding shoes: gold Stuart Weitzman heels. I love, love, love them and they made me feel like a million bucks.

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  15. What a fun giveaway! I am a follower!

    My most memorable shoes were a pair of cheap black flats from the SJP's Bitten line. They were so comfortable. I literally wore them to pieces. My husband begged me to throw them away and buy a new pair. I have yet tp find a pair that comfortable :(

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  16. Nice work! I don't think I have the crafty gene, so I will just admire your handiwork, Kathryn.

    My most memorable pair of shoes were the ones I wore to my prom. They were see-through plastic platforms. Tres chic. I chose platforms because I thought they would be easier to walk in (I was heel-phobic at the time. No longer!). Of course, I got to the entrance of the prom and fell flat on my face! The shoes went off my feet immediately and I never wore them again.

    Megan B.

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  17. Thank you for the giveaway! My most memorable shoes would probably be my red Cole Haan Air heels that I found on the Nordstroms sale rack the weekend before my prom. They were perfect (and comfortable!) for the night, and then later when I was watching The September Issue one night, I spotted them in one of the opening shots!

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  18. oh cute shoes! Glue guns scare me though, I always end up burning myself on them.

    I'm a follower. My most memorable shoes are were a gorgeous pair of Marc Jacobs flats that I found out about waaayyy too late - so that only size 10's were available. (one size too big). Paid too much for a pair that were too big, even after trying to shove insole and other buffers in them, and then they sat around unused. Taught me a thing about impulse buys, for sure.

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  19. Great giveaway! I'm a follower, of course! ;-)

    You inspired me to write a blog post today about a memorable pair of shoes from my teen years. Here's a link to my post that mentions your giveaway & includes my shoes story with pictures:

    http://dark-horse-rising.blogspot.com/2011/01/love-my-shoes.html

    Debbie L. (Dark Horse)

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  20. I'm a follower! My most memorable pair of shoes were a pair of ballet flats from Target I had in college. They had varying hues of gold bronze and pewter and I thought they were the perfect flat for dressing up or down. I pretty much lived in them- wore them everywhere and everyone knew them. When they started to fade I even bought gold paint at the craft store to help keep them looking new. Sadly, I literally wore these until they fell apart and was devastated when they did. I've still never found the perfect replacement for these :( lol

    Suze J.

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  21. Would it be wrong to keep that adorable book for myself - how cute! My most memorable pair of shoes are those that I wore on my wedding day, they were'nt expensive, just exactly what I wanted :) I'm Jan R., but clearly not afraid to put my entire name out there, lol.

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  22. oh em gee. I'm dying for a pair of brown oxfords! I MUST HAVE THEM! :) A Zappos giftcard would make me squeal with delight. The book sounds cute too, and my daughter Rowan loves books.

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  23. Susan G

    Probably my heeled black ankle boots. I wear them all the time because they are so comfortable and I love them. I actually need to get the heels replaced from all the wear!

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  24. Great giveaway! My most memorable pair of shoes was a black pair of sandals that I wore pretty much everyday for a couple of years back when I was 10 - 12. I was camping with my family one summer and my cousin and I started roaming around, exploring the lake shore, etc. Suddenly, I found myself in really soft mud/clay and I started sinking. As I tried to get away, I sunk deeper and deeper until I was up to my knees in clay. By the time my cousin fetched my dad, I was thigh deep. Luckily, he was able to save me, but the shoes didn't make it. As he pulled me out, the shoes slipped right off my feet and were instantly burried!

    I am a follower!

    Thanks,

    Kristin M.

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  25. Hi! What a great giveaway!!! I'm Gina H. and my most memorable pair of shoes is a pair of Cole Haan bow pumps (w/Nike Air!). I was at my first job and I LUSTED after these. I printed out a picture of them and put it next to my computer to encourage myself to work overtime. I put all of my overtime $$ towards these shoes and just when I was ready to get them, my boss (who knew about this obsession) gave me a promo code that helped make them cheaper! :-) I still have the shoes and I loooove them. xo

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  26. Lori A.

    I'm a Follower. My most memorable pair of shoes were a pair of Sam & Libby flats with the bow on the toes. I got my first pair in middle school and it was love. I wore them all the time.

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  27. I LOVE following your blog! My favorite heels were some lipstick red Gianni Bini Peep Toes with a flower on the toe, and the inside was lined in a cute black and white striped print. I got a lot of compliments on those, and that is when I knew I was a shoe fiend. :)

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  28. PS, I follow as 'sassystyle47' just to clarify. Thanks!

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  29. PizzaGirl W.

    I am now officially a follower of this awesome blog. I would say that my most memorable pair of shoes were a pair of neon green platform wedge sneakers that I and a friend both bought because we thought that they were hilarious (and inexpensive)! I even changed my shoelaces to hot pink ones with white stars. Those shoes transformed my petite self into a tall person. I wouldn't recommend driving in them, though.

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  30. Such a fun giveaway...my neice would love that book and I would certainly love a Zappos giftcard!

    I don't remember many shoes from my childhood but I do remember a pair of LA GEAR hi-tops that were white, neon pink, and neon green with colored neon laces that you could change out depending on your mood. Ahh the 90's how I don't miss you!

    Becca H.

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  31. Great giveaway! I'm now a follower of this blog, although I've been a faithful reader through my bookmarks bar for some time now.

    My most memorable pair of shoes are probably my Nine West Ruffled. I actually am afraid of wearing these shoes for fear they'll wear out!

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  32. Just blogged about it here:

    http://chitchat.overcaffeinated.com/2011/01/love-my-fryes.html

    *fingers crossed*

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  33. I'm a follower, I love your blog and my most memorable pair of shoes was probably a pair of white patent Steve Madden sky-high wedges that I had in high school. I was seriously nuts.

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  34. I'm a follower of this blog and read thru google reader.

    Probably my most memorable pair of shoes was a pair of "creepers" I had in high school. Two tone platforms. Yikes! I was a little punk chick!

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  35. I have enjoyed reading these comments...
    My most memorable pair of shoes were not actually mine. In high school I loved the grunge look and I borrowed a pair of 14 eye green Doc Marten's from a friend. In size 4. I am a size 8. No matter, I still wore them (painfully)until I had to return them.
    I am a follower of your blog...my name is Caroline C, and my e-mail is cmcarpenter2003@yahoo.com

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  36. These ballet flats are adorable. I might have to attempt to make a pair myself. A good bejewelled flat can run a girl upwards of $200!

    I'm also a public follower of this blog and my most memorable pair of shoes were a pair of red jelly shoes that I wore all the time when I was little.

    Love and rockets!
    Lisa M (Sweet Laundry)

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  37. Great giveaway. My most memorable pair of shoes were my brown sandals I wore everyday in grade school. I had my mom glue it twice before giving up on them.

    I'm a follower.

    Joy Y

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  38. I'm a happy follower. My most memorable pair of shoes were a pair of pink, pointy heels purchased in Florence, Italy. I wore them everywhere from that point forward until the day they finally died.

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  39. Love the glue gunned shoes! I'm a follower on google reader. My favorite pair of shoes ever are much like the ones that Simply Cindi wrote about on her blog the other day. They were the *perfect* pair of Mary Janes. I could wear them to work or to go out, and they were the perfect shape with the perfect heel. I basically wore them until they had holes in the soles and the straps were falling apart. Haven't been able to find a pair I love as much since...

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  40. Kayla G.
    www.sequinissues.blogspot.com

    I love this giveaway! I would share the book with my niece, but only after I was done with it :) I have a lot of good shoe memories, but my favorite bad shoe memory was my first pair of shoes I ever purchased with my own money. I was in high school, and they were half red and cream. They resembled retro bowling shoes which is what drew me to them in the first place. The kids in my high school however missed them bowling shoe memo, and instead got the Ronald McDonald memo! Apparently my red size 9's weren't getting past anyone when we were 15. I donated the shoes shortly after their purchase, but I still miss them a bit.

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  41. Wow cute shoes! And equally cute book! My most memorable shoes are these simple black peep toe heels that I would wear with every single formal or semi-formal dress all through high school. They were so comfortable and I never even wanted to buy another pair of black dress shoes.

    Alice L :)

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  42. I am dying over the book!! My 3 year old would LOVE it! My most memorable shoes are my frye boots because I wear them almost EVERY day!

    Jess T.

    Oh and I am a follower!

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  43. What a fun giveaway and a cute book! My 9 month old daughter already has almost as many shoes as me (and that's quite a few).
    My most memorable pair of shoes...my mom gave me a pair of pink jelly shoes (yeah, remember those?) when I was probably 7 or 8. They were glittery clear pink and had a little silver buckle on the side. I remember loving those shoes so much and wanted to wear them all the time. I think that's when my shoe obsession began.
    Shana S.

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  44. FUN!! My niece anne would love that book! She has a shoe obsession at 3! And omg what an adorable DIY!! LOVE it! That would be perfect for a slumber party!

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  45. I'm a follower. My most memorable pair of shoes- the red ballet flat the my grandparents got me when I was five or so.
    Jessie C.

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  46. blogged.http://tcarolinep.blogspot.com/2011/01/giveaway-in-pursuit-of-pretty-things.html
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  47. http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/24951712900976641

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  48. I'm a follower! My most memorable shoes are probably the New Balances I ran my marathon in. They are now serving heroic duty as lawn mowing shoes.

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  49. Great giveaway! I am a follower! My most memorable shoes are my Dansko clogs because they are practically glued to my feet. I wear them to work, around the house, and pretty much doing everything.... My email is Libertyjenn@gmail.com

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  50. I'm a follower! I would say that my most memorable shoes would be the white adidas sneakers I wore in high school and middle school. I would always buy a new pair and replace them once they had worn out. I loved them. I had alot of fun memories in those pair of shoes. =)

    Ath

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  51. Great giveaway, I'm a follower. My most memorable pair of shoes are the first Doc Martins that I bought in middle school. Before that, I couldn't imagine spending over 100 dollars on a pair of shoes. How times have changed....

    kvg323 at gmail dot com

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  52. Great job on the shoes! I am a follower. My most memorable shoes would have to be a recent purchase from Anthro. The Tweed For A Night Flats debuted at $28 and that was an immediate purchase! They were later put back on the website for $148!

    lorainedana(at)cox(dot)net

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  53. I adore that book! I'm so glad Scholastic thought to reach out to you.
    My most memorable pair of shoes was the pair of red high-top Converse I bought from the Army-Navy store in high school for a modern dance recital costume. I have big, narrow feet so wearing big long Chucks looked pretty comical (especially when paired with spandex shorts-- it was the 90s, it was modern dance), but they were comfy, they were quirky, and wearing them in the spotlight helped me feel proud to be me, exactly as I am.
    -Tegan T
    ttigani at gmail dot com

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  54. Great giveaway! I am a follower via google friend connect.

    My most memorable pair of shoes is so difficult to select because I have an elephant's memory for such things. BUT I have to go with my baseball KEDS (sort of like these but from the early 90s) I had when I was probably 12 or so.

    My enthusiasm for these shoes coincided with a short lived interest in athletics. I was perhaps the world's worst softball player but I had fun doing it AND did so around the time when A League of Their Own came out and was super influential to my proto-feminist 12-year-old self! My softball team lost every game. And although we were terrible, I was still on the bench most of the time (I was THAT terrible), but man I wore those baseball themed Keds PROUDLY and loved trying to unlearn my own clumsiness on the field.

    JessPgh G.

    jesspgh at gmail dot com

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  55. I also tweeted this giveaway and am @jesspgh on twitter.

    jesspgh at gmail dot com

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  56. Great giveaway! and I love your personalised ballet flats Carol - so clever.
    My most memorable shoe memory is buying a pair of red glitter converse a size too small in Hong Kong then wearing them around in the country, only to find that my toe nails were bleeding badly at the end of the day. Needless to say, i will never buy too-small shoes agaiN!

    vintageglammz@gmail.com

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  59. I have an awesome pair of Mary-Janes from Rockport that was not only sleek and sophisticated but also sturdy as hell! Those babies would last you a long, long time.

    -Vanessa K.

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  60. Wow great job on with the shoes! They look really nice! My most memorable pair or shoes are some leopard print flip flops that I wore all through my freshman year in college, unfortunately I lost all my shoes during my move to my sophomore dorm since my friend left my box of shoes outside the building!
    miki k.

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  61. Wow. Those are the coolest home made shoes I've ever seen. Please enter me in the contest!

    You can contact via tolookforstyleblog@gmail.com.

    Also posted about this on my blog: http://tolookforstyle.blogspot.com/2011/01/copycatootd-blurred-vistas.html

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  62. Love your homemade flats! My most memorable shoes are a pair of cream peeptoe heels I have. They are so pretty I am afraid to wear them!

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  63. I have no memorable shoes, unless you count the jellies I wore in 4th grade. :)

    Following!

    Christiana T

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  64. the shoes look great!! thanks for also holding this giveaway. my most memorable pair of shoes were my first pair of red patent leather flats with straps. my dad brought them from America (I was living in China at the time) for me when I was 7 years old and they just seemed like the most beautiful thing in the world!

    dianna w.
    potbelliedpiggie@gmail.com

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  65. I was just thinking about my most memorable pair of shoes the other day for a blog post idea. I had a pair of grey boots with little heels on them when I was in third grade. I never had boots before then nor after, at least until I was an adult. I wore the soles out in under a school year. They were most likely a hand-me-down, but I loved them. My parents would never have bought such impractical footwear for me at that age! :)

    I could really use that gift card ;)

    PS. I love your DIY ballet flats! If you clip the edges of your ribbon really clean and dab a tiny bead of hot glue on the raw edge it won't fray :) Be careful though!

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  66. I'm a follower! Great giveaway! I had a pair of ankle strap shoes in middle school I wore every day - loved! They were white cut outs with an ankle strap and red soles! They came from a store called "The Wild Pair"!! I still love unique shoes!! Peggy H.

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  67. Um, those flats look so Miu Miu-esque!! Great crafting!!

    What a cook book. I know my fashionista neice would love something like that.

    My most memorable shoes were my first pair of Nikes. Considering I don't even wear gym shoes unless I'm at the gym, it's strange to think those are my memorable, but they are. Having to raise four kids on a small income, my parents rarely indulged in a lot of name brands, so I think it was my Oma that bought them. They were white canvas with a navy blue swish. I can still envision them now. I tried so hard to keep them pristine and felt so "cool" wearing them.

    Thanks for hosting a great giveaway, ladies!

    Pamela S.
    gingergirl

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  68. I am a public follower, Kelly P.

    My most memorable pair of shoes were the pair of rainbow sandals (made in my hometown)that I bought in college. I wore all through my junior year abroad in England and backpacking around Europe, and then for years afterwards. I retired them when my toe wore through the sole.

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  69. I was totally into jellies when I was a toddler/elementary schooler and have so many memories of them.

    Jenn B., Follower

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  70. I'm a follower, Flora, M.

    My most memorable pair of shoes is one I picked up before the holidays: a pair of Miu Miu pumps that I paid $16 for at Nordstrom Rack during one of their shoe sales (I also had a $50 credit, but only new cost should count, right, RIGHT?). They were the only pair, in perfect condition, and in my size! I couldn't grab them fast enough.

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  71. Hi Carol and Kathryn!

    I have been a follower for some time.

    My most memorable pair of shoes were a pair of Doc Martens (dark brown Mary Janes) that my mom got me for my birthday my junior year of high school. She could barely afford them and didn't understand the "need" for a $100 pair of shoes. She's from a small village in a rural region of Thailand where even if the villagers weren't incredibly poor, they would have to travel many miles into the city to purchase most merchandise. She got them simply to fulfill my only birthday wish and it still makes me pretty emotional to think it, even now. I know that she had to make some monetary sacrifices for me to have those shoes...

    I also have a 7 year old fashionista in my house. ;)

    -Lyzi R.

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  72. Hi! I'm a follower, and I love this giveaway. My most memorable pair of shoes are not remotely glamorous or girly. All through middle and high school and even part of college, I wore a pair of blue Adidas sneakers that were SO cool. I wore them OUT, every chance I got, forever and ever until finally, they just fell apart, and I had to throw them out. I was so attached, I actually took PICTURES of them before I threw them away, and I called my dad crying about it. He understood, since he still has his HS track shoes in his closet, wrapped in duct tape.

    Like father, like daughter :)

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  73. I'm a follower! Adeline T.

    My most memorable shoes are a pair of brown Steve Madden lace up boots, gift from my boyfriend. They go with everything and I have extremely small feet (size 5 doesn't always fit me), so I was thrilled when I got them!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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  74. ok, that book looks adorable!! I'm a follower---love this blog! My most memorable pair of shoes would probably have to be this black pair of wedge heel bots I had in college...I wore them to death and even ended up buying them a second time when the first pair starting falling apart. They were awesome! =)

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  75. Just blogged about the giveaway here: http://www.stuffjewishgirlslike.com/2011/01/ootd-porterhouse-steak-medium-rare.html#comments

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  76. What an awesome shoe DIY! That is amazing! As for my most memorable shoes, they'd have to be my old red Converse chucks from high school. I had colored and written all over the rubber sides and soles and relaced them with Power Puff Girls shoelaces, haha! I was definitely an odd one... My name is Amy T and my email is: amy.kelinda@gmail.com

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  77. Great ballet flats transformation! I've had you on my blogroll, but I finally just became a follower!

    My fave shoe story is from 3rd(?) grade. I had on a pair of penny loafers--penny and all--and I was probably the first in my school. While in line for music, my classmate made fun of me unrelentingly because they looked more like boys' shoes. I didn't retaliate but I remember just looking at her in her bright yellow ruffles everywhere tiered dress thinking, "Who are you to talk?". Penny loafers became popular. Bright yellow ruffle tiered my-mom-wanted-to-put-me-in-beauty-pageants dresses did notI still remember her name: Janise.

    Jen B (there's a Jenn B who entered as well. You can call me Jen HaHA after my blog title. If I win, of course! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  78. Hello! I'm a follower in google reader. Ummm, my most memorable (unfortunately) pair of shoes are the velvet ballet flats I wore in the winter of 7th grade. They didn't work well with the icy playground, and I slipped and chipped my front teeth.

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  79. I follow you guys on Bloglovin...
    My most memorable pair of shoes were a pair of high heeled clogs my mom bought in the 70's, which I wore all through high school in the 90's. I now see copies of them everywhere for 100's of dollars, and wish I knew where my mom's clogs were that I wore so obsessively!

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  80. Hi! I'm a follower in google reader.
    My favorite pair of shoes have to be the budding t-straps from anthro. I stalked the shoes on ebay for the longest time and finally found a pair, only to have them get lost in the mail and never arrive (i was so sad). Fortunately, I found yet a pair a few months later in my size on ebay and absolutely love them! They go with almost everything and make me so happy every time I wear them because they were the ones that almost got away!
    My name is Ali D and you can reach me at brownandblue01(at)gmail(dot)com

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  81. Hi! I follow in google reader...and while I love all my shoes, my memorable pair has to be the red silk 4 inch heel bow-tied beauties I wore for my October wedding. It was the perfect touch to our outdoor wedding ... although friends and family either loved them or hated them - there was no lukewarm! They were symbolic of my attitude that day: It's our wedding, and we're doing it the way we want!!!

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  82. Hey, I am a follower, of course. My most memorable pair of shoes was probably a pair of lime green BCBG wedges I bought in high school. The wedge was made of greenish-ombre acrylic. My mom thought I was being ridiculous and told me I would never wear them. So of course I wore them a lot, just to show her how "practical" they were.

    email: onefloridablog [at] gmail [dot] com

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  83. I finally set up a blogger account so I can follow you guys and all the other blogs I love!

    My most memorable shoes have yet to find a home in my closet. I have been stalking the DV Prince in black leather since November, but I did not want to pay full price, then I hesitated when they went on sale at Nordstrom, and now they are sold out in my size EVERYWHERE! I have a good feeling that they are in my future though, and they are destined to be most memorable when finally we meet again...

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  84. Hello! I follow you gals on Facebook.

    My most memorable pair of shoes where a pair wooden heeled wedge sandals from Esprit. I used to shop at Esprit all the time when I was in college (and i still miss it to this day, the style has changed). I literally wore them everyday because they made me feel so sassy and sophisticated. Who cares that eventually the soles became worn and anyone within a 1 mile radius could here me "clob, clob, clob, clob" their way.

    The main reason why they are the most memorable is because I meet my husband wearing them, I wore them on our first date, and I wore them for a few years after. He calls these the clobber shoes and even his family still teases me about them.

    They represent such a great and romantic time in my life.

    My name is Jodie. My email is jodiecarian [at] gmail [dot] com

    Keep up the great posts! I look at it in the morning sometimes when i do not know what to wear.

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  86. Oh, I do love shoes -- and I love this contest!

    My most memorable pair of shoes? I had a pair of jellies when I was in third grade. They were flats, but I desperately wanted them to be heels. So how did I add height? I stuck several plastic checkers INSIDE the heels and put my feet on top of the stacked checkers...and wore the jellies to Disneyland. My parents were trying to figure out why I was limping and lollygagging behind everyone else. I think I eventually chucked the checkers...I hope so!

    Jamie B. (Thrifty Threads)

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  87. Of course, I am a follower of your blog. My most memorable pair of shoes is a pair of hot pink jelly shoes that I had when I was 8 years old. I wore those to death until all the little jelly straps snapped off but they were still my favorite. I remember losing it when my mom could not find the same color to replace the ones I had worn to death.

    Tina C

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  88. I'm a follower. My most memorable pair of shoes were a pair of Esprit purple penny loafers I had in 7th grade. I wish I still had them!

    Nicole Q

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  89. Hi, I am a follower. Most memorable pair of shoes, probably my suede slouchy heel boots i had when i was 15 years old.

    email:
    vbgems at gmail dot com

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  90. great giveaway!!! thanks. my most memorable pair of shoes were my black converse all-stars i HAD TO HAVE in high school. it was the first thing i begged my parents for and successfully received. :)

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  92. My teva flip flops :) They're made of memory foam so I never forget em! lol

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  93. I love the giveaway and your blog.

    Most memorable shoes have to be these leather platform shoes I wore in high school. The sole is like 4 inches thick even before you get to the heel. I found them in my bedroom at my parents house and could not believe I actually wore them but loved them!!!

    Jinii B

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  94. oops, yes, and I've been a long, devout follower

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  95. my most memorable shoes are my silver marc by marc jacobs mouse flats. britpoppa - kate l.

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  96. I am a follower. :)

    My most memorable pair of shoes were purple suede flats with an alligator buckle. I LOVED those shoes, and still have them, but they are so out-worn and disgusting looking that I just can't wear them anymore. Fun giveaway!

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  97. i am a new follower. :D

    my most memorable pair of shoes are my bright yellow flats that i got for only $12 at ross! :D

    p.s. i love what you did with those shoes! :)

    <3, Mimi T
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

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  98. Hi, I'm a new follower. My most memorable pair of shoes were the white pretty heels I wore in 3rd grade. I was so excited to wear them! And they were gorgeous!
    maddiemb {at} comcast (dot) net
    shala_darkstone

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  99. Here's my tweet - http://twitter.com/#!/shala_darkstone/status/26989189966864384
    maddiemb {at} comcast (dot) net

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  100. I'm a follower! Thanks so much for the giveaway :) My most memorable pair of shoes are the Budding T-Straps from Anthropologie. They were so hard to come by, but I managed to snag a pair and I just love them so much!

    ~Carly B.
    email: carlybrown82(at)hotmail.com

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  101. 1. I follow on GFC via Twitter(same user name.)

    2. My most memorable pair of shoes were these platforms I got in 5th grade. I'm super short & they made me feel so tall. I loved them! :)

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  102. Tweeted the giveaway:

    http://twitter.com/#!/calidreamin87/status/27216332470616065

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  103. I'm a follower (as 'Y')!

    I STILL remember this pair of patent leather Mary Janes I wore all the time as a toddler. There's a photo of me stark-naked, wearing only the shoes. My mom says that it was so hot that summer she would let me run around the backyard naked, but I insisted on wearing those shoes.

    Thanks for doing this!

    romanholiday710 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  104. I'm a new follower (as Emily S.) :) My favorite shoe memory is wearing saddle shoes through most of elementary school!

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