I Can’t Resist Red Shoes (and Flowers)

Remember my red shoes? The shoes I found that were unbelievably comfortable? The shoes that were so popular that several other bloggers bought them?

Not long after that post, I sent an email to Spring Step Shoes. I raved about the shoes, thanking them for creating such comfortable, yet attractive footwear. I mentioned the fact that writing about them on my blog had resulted in some readers buying them, as well. And I sent a link to my post. I just thought it would a fun post to share with Spring Step.

Imagine my surprise when I received a response from Spring Step. They loved the post and graciously offered to send me another pair of shoes of my choosing. What?? I certainly wasn’t expecting that! I was so grateful and amazed by their generous offer. Narrowing down the options was the tough part, but I finally picked a pair. I’ve been wanting to share them with you, but held off until Spring arrived, as I consider this pair to be Spring and Summer shoes.

I chose this pair, which is named Martine:


You’re looking at the broken-in version of Martine. I wore them all day on Friday and Saturday at the Country Living Fair. Absolutely no problem and incredibly comfortable.


On the day of their arrival.


They’re so cute!

A big thank you to Spring Step! I know we’re all on a budget and shoes can be pricey. But I have problems with my feet and back and support is an absolute necessity. It’s a no brainer for me. When I buy cheap shoes, I suffer. When I buy well-made shoes, I don’t. It’s a simple as that. (And that may be why I don’t buy new shoes very often!)

These shoes are very well-made and I didn’t have to break them in. Perfect from the get-go. I’m taking them with me to Chautauqua.

They make me happy. They make me smile. And they’re red.

I’m a bit crazy at the moment, trying to get ready to leave for Chautauqua. It’s all lists: lists of things I need to pack, lists of things I need to show Don, lists of errands I need to run. I’ve had to write a couple of posts ahead of time, something I almost never do. I’m not a post scheduler. I write daily. But, travel time tomorrow coincides with a book review that is scheduled for the same day and I had to write a draft of another post for BlogHer. I won’t get in until late on Wednesday and I have no idea where I’m staying or what the next day’s schedule will be, so if I miss a post on Thursday, you’ll understand, right?

Flower update: The Climbing Hydrangea, which has never bloomed in the six years I’ve had it, has given me two blooms this year. Wonder of wonders! The flowers are fascinating, which you’ll see by observing this progression:





Wow. They look like little mid-century modern designs, don’t they? Sputnik-like.

Thank you, Climbing Hydrangea, for putting on such a great show! Please provide even more of these beauties next year.

I’m off to start doing laundry.

Happy Tuesday.



  1. says

    Love your new red shoes! Wonderful that they sent them to you! Your flowers are so pretty! I’m a couple of days away from finally heading home to GA!!!


  2. says

    Claudia, I love your red shoes. This year , I wanted red and yellow flowers, because the winter was so long…I wanted something bright. I’ll have take a few photos. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  3. Melanie M says

    Love the shoes! They look adorable and comfortable! I’m so happy that a job opportunity came up for you. Enjoy!

  4. says

    Since I’m a “Certified Shoe Addict”, of course I love the shoes. They look as comfortable as you say they are.

    Travel safe dear friend!


  5. Donnamae says

    You are almost set now! New red shoes…and that gorgeous lipstick you wear….you are set! Those shoes look so comfortable….and I know, if my feet aren’t comfortable….I’m not comfortable! Happy travels tomorrow! 😉

  6. Nancy Blue Moon says

    They look adorable..I like companies that appreciate their customers and show them with a discount or something free..these days something free means a lot..What a gorgeous Climbing Hydrangea..I was thinking the same as you..looks like little retro Sputniks or star-bursts..Of course you can take a day off..Heavens..do you think your faithful friends and followers would desert you because you miss a day..lol..We love you way to much for that..Travel safely and have some fun..Hugs

  7. Janet in Rochester says

    Congrats on getting such a nice gift from the Spring Step people, Claudia. So right. Cheap shoes = bad experiences. Especially after a certain age, for most of us. About 20 years ago I was having an issue with shin splints and a friend suggested getting shoes from a store in our area that sold uniforms for nurses and medical personnel. Since nurses are on their feet all day they obviously need comfortable but, supportive footwear. What a fantastic suggestion! I spent more than twice as much as I had EVER previously spent on a pair of shoes, but it worked immediately. No kidding, it was like taking a key and turning off the pain. Just like that. Ever since then I don’t skimp on footwear. I try to save in other areas but with shoes, you definitely get what you pay for.

  8. says

    Your shoes are adorable. I checked out their website and they’ve got loads of gorgeous shoes … yummmmm. Best of luck on your summer job.

  9. Linda Spencer says

    I also love your red shoes, I also love red shoes, haven’t had any for a while. I have a hard time finding shoes that don’t hurt my feet or put my back out!! It’s always something, right?
    Hope you have a blessed and safe trip and a wonderful work experience!!
    Hugs, Linda

  10. says

    Love your new shoes, but love even more the response you got from the company!! Unexpected surprises like that are so fun! I think I need to wander over to their site again :) Safe travels tomorrow Claudia.

  11. Sylvia says

    Such lovely red shoes – they look comfortable and feminine, a rare combo. Good luck with the new job!

  12. says

    Since hip replacement surgery in March, I’ve been looking for comfortable & attractive shoes. I AM on a very limited budget and so WISH I could afford these. BTW I just finished reading Wish You Were Here by Stewart O’Nan. It’s about a family closing up their Chautauqua cabin! Wonderfully written. No real plot. Just family dynamics and amazingly realistic detail. Congrats on your job!

  13. Deb says

    When I saw the shoes – and read the post – I smiled. So deserving that Spring Step recognized you! Best wishes on your travels and new work!

  14. Tana says

    Hi Claudia, The shoes are so wonderful I ordered your red pair and another red pair. I am going to start waiting on the porch everyday until they get here and then I am going to wear the shoes everywhere I go. I am excited! Can you tell?

  15. says

    Oh Claudia, the shoes are absolutely WONDERFUL!!! I’ve never heard of this company and you are SO very right!!!! I spent 40.00 on a simple pair of Clark’s flip flops because I knew they would help my heel spur and guess what, they did! I’ll visit their website because I so know how you feel about shoes and caring for our feet. Wishing you safe travels and a wonderful time!!! xxoo, Dawn

  16. Clara says

    I love those Claudia! I love red shoes too, but all I have is a pair of red Birkenstocks. I might have to try those. They look comfy and I’m at the age where comfy is the most important thing.

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