Monday, June 6, 2016

I Wore My Shoes to Death: A Fond Farewell to My KangaRoos


Shopping makes me cringe.

There. I said it.

Of course there are those days where I'm in what I call a "shopping mood," but believe me when I say those days are far and few in between, much to my shopaholic sister's dismay. Plus it doesn't help the shopping process that I'm pretty much always broke and having to watch my spending.

I've been known to get so frustrated with shopping that it actually nearly makes me cry...

  • I have chunky thighs, a big butt, wide hips, but a small waist so jeans never fit right. 
  • The girls tend to fluctuate throughout the month to several different sizes, all of which are along the busty side, so bra shopping always sucks. 
  • I can't wear cute skirts unless they're maxi because, as stated above, my butt is big and what would be mid-thigh on some women is XXX rated on me. 
  • I have my mother's feet; smaller in length but wide and not many places carry wide shoes for women. I've always had issues finding shoes that are my style and actually fit so when I do, I wear them to death. 

Literally.




Now, I'm not talking about "girly shoes" like high heels, wedges, boots and the like. I don't seem to have much of an issue finding things like that for fancier outfits or when I just want to dress up a little bit. I'm talking about comfortable, everyday shoes that you just grab, throw on, and you're good to go wherever your destination might be

Flash back to 2012. You will understand my skepticism as a difficult shopper when I decided to order a pair of shoes through Amazon. Not just any pair of shoes though.

KangaRoos.


Find out why I dedicated an entire post to a pair of old shoes and aid me in saying farewell to my KangaRoos! Rest in peace my beloved solemate, you will be missed! #KangaRoo #shoes


KangaRoos became extremely popular back in the late 70's and throughout the 80's and 90's and are known for having a small zipped pocket on the side of each shoe designed to hold a key and some change.

Aided by nostalgia, these were purchased out of pure hope and faith they would fit my difficult feet. And would you believe they actually did fit; Perfectly!





Back to present.

I knew my beloved Roos were starting to fade into oblivion but I didn't want to accept that heartbreaking fact so I kept wearing them like nothing was happening. Both the shoes and I knew the end was drawing near...

It happened so suddenly; I had a packed weekend that had me on my feet most of the time and realized my shoe sole mate was starting to hurt my feet. Then as suddenly as the shoes and I bonded those 4 years ago, they turned on me.

They gave me blisters on the back of both ankles.





Me being the stubborn person that I am of course tried to walk around in them a little bit longer but, as you probably have guessed with the blisters already on my ankles, that didn't last too long.

So now it is with a heavy heart that I bid my Roos adieu.



Find out why I dedicated an entire post to a pair of old shoes and aid me in saying farewell to my KangaRoos! Rest in peace my beloved solemate, you will be missed! #KangaRoo #shoes



"Are a pair of shoes that important" you might stop and ask yourselves, especially after reading this far into my post. Instead of asking that particular question, think about this for a minute: I took the time to photograph and write an entire post dedicated to a pair of shoes.



"Give a girl the right shoes, and 
she can conquer the world." --Marilyn Monroe 






What is/was your absolute favorite pair of shoes?











23 comments:

Patty Woodland said...

Time for a shoe-neral. RIP Roos. I hope you find another pair you like as much. I LOVE maxi skirts - they hide a multitude of sins. heh

Ellen said...

I love shoes, but I'm trying really hard to be intentional about what I buy. I did just get a cute pair of sandals though!

blythe32 said...

I still have a pair of Kangaroos. I bought them awhile back and I still love them, though I haven't worn them in awhile. I remember loving them as a kid too, especially because of the zipper.

adriana nudo said...

Oh what a throwback this is!!! I had a pair of these a LONG time ago and forgot all about them! Such a fun post idea - made me laugh! : ) My favorite pair of shoes are my Tory Burch Miller sandals - hard to choose between those and a few pairs of classic heels I have, but they're my go-tos! : )

Liz Mays said...

Oh no! It's hard to say goodbye to a good pair of shoes. I hope they served you well!

Annemarie LeBlanc said...

I had a favorite pair of shoes too. They were my beloved Chuck Taylors. I wore them anywhere and everywhere. It held a special place in my heart because I took it with me every time I travel. Sadly, shoes don't last forever. I didn't throw it out though. It is still in the closet. Too many memories, too precious to ditch.

Elizabeth O. said...

That's definitely a classic. I'm not a shoe person, I normally stick to one pair until it decides to give up on me. Lol. I'm sorry for losing your favorite pair, I hope you find a suitable replacement!

Gideon Nikos Liquid said...

I know that feeling and I don't mind reading people talk about their fave pairs. I've personally never heard about KangaRoos before, maybe my trip to Australia might net me one but I'm just guessing of course.

Terra Heck said...

I'm not a "girly girl" and don't keep up with the latest fashions or go shopping for fun. But nothing beats a comfortable pair of shoes. Especially when they last a long time. Seems they did you well.

Shelley Zurek -- Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

How could I ever pick just one? I know I couldn't do without my clogs that I wear around the house as they support my arch. They aren't my favs but I need them to wear all my other pretties.

Terri Beavers said...

I have a great pair of shoes that I need to lay to rest and I know how hard that is to do. That's why I haven't yet lol. I can't find the ones I need to replace them.

Life With Kathy said...

I think many of us have that one favorite pair of shoes. Mine are starting to go bad as well. Sadly I have so many pairs, yet I only seem to wear the one pair.

Nikki said...

When it is your favorite shoe, it is hard to let go. What is frustrating about is, you can't find the same pair at the stores, they are either obsolete or sold out.

Amy @ Marvelous Mommy said...

I have a hard time finding the right clothes that fit me too. Hopefully you'll find a new pair of shoes that you love just as much!

Becca Wilson said...

I absolutely love my Sanuks. Both styles. If either of them bit the dust or I would be really heartbroken.

Nicole Escat said...

I have my favorite shoes too, it is sad to say goodbye to it. I hope you can find a replacement.

Ryan Escat said...

RIP to your shoes. You can find another one, I'm sure there are lots of comfortable shoes out there that will be suitable to you.

lori felix said...

It's always difficult to let go of a favorite pair of shoes. I know I would be so upset if I had to let go of my black heels because they are my favorite.

mail4rosey said...

I do remember them! I didn't know they had a little pocket. Cool. ;)

Melissa Bernardo said...

I hate getting rid of my favorite pair of shoes. Such a sad time :(

Angela Ricardo Bethea said...

I know exactly how you feel. I don't let go of things easily neither and even until they're almost broken.

Anosa Malanga said...

You certainly wore them to their death but I am the same when I find the perfect shoes that I wear to work and everywhere else

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen said...

My favorite was chucks now I'm into Fitflops!! I didn't know about Kangaroos. I think it's really cool that it has a small pocket on the side. Are you going to buy another one?

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