Visited DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) over lunch today.
What a great shoe store. They have a huge selection of shoes from high end pumps to cute sandals and flats. I'm pretty sure they sell men's shoes, too. Those are off in a corner somewhere.
There's another great thing about DSW. They stock size 11 in about half of their women's shoe collection. While I don't have dainty feet (I used to joke with a cd friend of mine about how lucky she was to take a size 9 women's shoe. Almost every style is available in size 9.), I know I'm lucky that I generally take an 11. Past 11, except for Payless, you're starting to look at mostly specialty shops.
I saw several pairs that I loved today. I really love neutral / nude color patent pumps and want to buy at least one pair. I loved the way they looked on the girls who wore them last summer and fall. Unfortunately, in the styles I saw, they either didn't have my size or the ones in my size weren't quite what I was looking for.
I did see several styles of black patent leather pumps that I thought were just great. I already have three pairs of black patent leather pumps plus a pair of black patent leather open toe slingbacks (so cute!) so while I was tempted, I took a pass. Came very close to buying these cute Calvin Klein Olive pumps. Yes, they're black patent leather pumps, but just a little different from the others I have. I guess I could go back next week.
It was such fun browsing today. I was planning to go to lunch a little early - I'm usually not too shy about looking at shoes but it is a little easier when it's less crowded.
Given time and opportunity, I think I could become a mini Imelda Marcos. The practical side of me says that I really don't need too many shoes since I get to dress for 15 - 20 minutes maybe once a month. The less practical side says "look at those cute, cute shoes..."
I think it would be such fun to go shoe shopping en femme either with another crossdresser or, perhaps even better, with a supportive genetic girl. It's always been one of my fantasies. Mild as fantasies go, but still very nice.