Saturday, September 11, 2010

9/11/10: Barney and the September Shoe Challenge

One good thing about moving is that it forces you to invoice your possessions. As I unpacked, I discovered that I have 38 41 42 pairs of shoes, excluding bedroom slippers and dance shoes. Since I started this blog, I have only pictured myself wearing 7 different pairs of shoes. And thus, I am creating the September Shoe Challenge: 

The September Shoe Challenge is to wear a different pair of shoes everyday for the rest of September. As today is September 11, and I am starting this TODAY, that will require 20 different pairs of shoes, 20 different looks, and 20 attempts at expanding my horizons. Clearly, a day may require shoe changes- i.e running shoes to work shoes, or casual shoes to going out shoes. That is fine. The point is I must wear a different pair of shoes for at least part of the day, preferably a part of the day where I actually leave the house.

I would love for you to join me on this shoe adventure, at least to the best of your ability. Let's dig out those pairs from the back of our closets. 

So, in honor of the September Shoe challenge, I present my "Barney look." 

Tank: Old Navy, always "two for $15"
Slacks: Tommy Hilfiger via outlet, $29.99 in spring 2010
Shoes: Puma via outlet, $39.99? in spring 2010

So, why my "Barney look" you ask? When I got these shoes, I was still coaching gymnastics. It was also hot, and I was in Florida. Thus, I wore these to work with my favorite purple running shorts. My delightful group of 4-year-old gymnasts proclaimed that my shoes were Barney colored. It stuck.

My favorite little one said, "Toach Tayla, tose shoes awe cwazy! But I'm cwazieor!" Ah, the honesty of youth.

While I am not a huge fan of the color pink, I make exceptions for hot pink and fuchsia. Today is proof. On a dreary Midwestern day where my only task was to unsuccessfully shop for a kitchen table, I needed all the Barney cheerfulness I could get.


  1. Wow, I think I only have 4 pairs of shoes.. I need a job so I can buy some more!

  2. I have way too many shoes. The problem is, I need more.