Thursday, June 3, 2010

How To Twist Your Ankle In 5 Seconds Or Less

Starring the Pierre Hardy Denim Wedge for Gap.

When I first saw these all I can say is there was an audible gasp.  I love denim, I love a good wedge for summer, and I will take every opportunity to support Gap when it looks like it's doing anything that remotely resembles regaining its once former glory (which to me was excellent denim and basics).

So when the Pierre Hardy summer line was released and this shoe almost immediately became unavailable in my size online I tracked it down and had it shipped.  And then I waited.  So excited.

It arrived.  I opened the box and took it out.  Still so excited.

I took one shoe out of the box and took a picture of it. "You're home now," I said to it.  Seriously.  I'm crazy like that.

And then I took both shoes, went into my office, sat down at the desk and began thinking about the great post I was going to write to you about these shoes.  Then I put them on my feet.  And almost immediately my arches began to ache.

I realize you haven't known me very long, but I have a lot of shoes and a lot of them have high heels.  I say this to say I am no stranger to wearing high heels - stick, wedge or otherwise - for long periods of time without any (or at least very minimal) discomfort.  I have never been sitting down, without having walked in a heel, and had my feet ache.  Ever.

Suddenly the doorbell rang.  So I walked down the hall, still in the shoes, to answer the door.  And damn near broke my neck!  Can you say busted ankle?  How about hip replacement?  Or maybe neck brace?

Collecting myself from a tragic yelp and near fall, not to mention major embarrassment, I retrieved a package from the mailman who must have thought I was drunk, insane or maybe both.  I mean there I was with majorly tossed up salad for hair wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt stumbling around in the middle of the afternoon in sky high denim wedges.  Can you imagine what these people must encounter on a daily basis?  Good grief.  I was utterly mortified.

It was then I realized the dream was dead and it was not going to work for me and the denim wedge.  So I tiptoed over to the couch with the last shred of my dignity (I was not going to take those shoes off in front of the mailman and admit defeat) and got out the camera for one photo.

There it is above.  Note the slightly red ankle on closest foot. The shoes then went back into the box from whence they came and returned to the Gap. 

Hats off to all the sweet bloggers wearing the wedge with the fabric bows!  You go girls!  Me and my ankles (and arches) are gonna sit this one out.  xo


Laura said...

Amazing shoes...Are comfortable?

Anonymous said...

oh wow.... quite beautiful!



Rachel said...

Aww, I'm sorry they didn't work out for you. :( I hate when that happens.

Marcie said...


These shoes look great, but you are right, comfort is always best.

Have a great weekend!

Valerie said...

Oh my gosh, you're so funny! I have situations like that with the mailman all the time. Those shoes must be really bad if they hurt before you even walked in them. It's unfortunate though because they amazing. Some things just aren't meant to be I guess. Have a great weekend, Carrie!


Poppies and Sunshine said...

Love how they look, but I'm sorry to hear what they did to you! I hope you can find other wedges that you love equally and will still be good to you.

this free bird said...

Laura - ummmmmm no.

Justyna - lovely to look at, not so much to wear.

Rachel - okay? so disappointing, but hey - there's a lot of shoes out there in the ocean.

Marcie - i just can't put my life at risk! i like my feet and prefer them in working condition :)

Valerie - glad to know I'm not alone! and yes, they hurt while i was sitting down. it was crazy.

Poppies - thank you love for the well wishes. i'm not going w/o shoes over here so i'll survive. :)

have a great weekend everyone!! xo

Closet Fashionista said...

Awww! That is sooo sad :( Sorry they didn't work out for you.

Indigo said...

oh wow, those shoes are beauties! XX

D&D said...

ay carumba. thanks for the heads up!

Jessica said...

Ugh! I'm so bummed that the shoes, well, suck. They're incredible in the photos, but definitely not worth the aching arches!

And thanks for your comment on my plea for California help! My boyfriend hates cities, so quaint towns are going to be the best bet. I love all sorts of food - Mexican is my favorite, as well as anything served at a local pub. I'm most excited about seeing nature-related sights, quirky roadside attractions, adorable unique shops. (I'm not helping am I?)

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

thank you so much for your sweet comments this week! you are a doll. i'm sorry to hear the wedges didn't work out but you gave us all a good laugh :) have a wonderful weekend!

this free bird said...

Closet Fashionista - Thanks for being so sweet - but hey you know what? Better safe than broken ankle!

Indigo - Yes, lovely to look at in my experience. har!

D&D - Maybe you'll have better luck?

Jessica - You are absolutely being helpful and I was thinking along these same lines too so whew! I'm going to talk it over w/the bf and then will shoot you an email w/suggestions and we can go from there. I'll go OC through LA county north of LA to the best of our ability.

So glad Mexican is your fav - I've got some super spots for that!! woo hoo!! Going to think over the small towns, etc. this weekend. Have a great one!!

this free bird said...

And Mackenzie...I'm still back w/you in Europe. Am I there yet?? xo

Raez said...

looooove this shoe!

xx raez

Hafsa said...

Wedges are gorgeoussss but way too uncomfortable for me. I love your blog btw, you're posts are making me hungry haha.

Krislyn said...

love those wedges. the height is AMAZING. i ALWAYS love heels of no less than 4 inches haha... to compensate for my height i guess. ;)

LouBoo said...

Hi - you left me some sweet comments so I came back to follow you! Fabulous shoes - complete ankle breakers but pretty ;-) L x

Anonymous said...

love the shoes, its such a pity...thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

Natalie said...

those are so cute! i love wedges :)

Mary Ann said...

great style! have a great weekend! verbena cottage

Anonymous said...

Aww, feel better soon. I love Gap too but I've never worn wedges of any kind before. Do you have any comfortable ones to suggest?
Come visit me at my inspiration board:

She Wore It Well said...

Bummer about the discomfort factor Carrie!! Plenty more shoes in the pond though! x

SweetHome said...

Love them :)

My @ tha Hotness said...

Awww...but they are definitely beautiful to look at. Maybe they can be in the bed

mlle mode said...

I am so glad you posted this oh so unfortunate experience. I was just about to jet off to gap to get the leather version.

thank you for saving my already broken (due to lost ring) heart.

mlle. mode

jakarech said...

Oh i saw these wedges and i want them sooooo bad!
They were screaming put me on your feet lol


this free bird said...

tha hotness - AHAHAHAHA BED SHOES!!!! AHAHAHA that is brilliant!! did you see my shoe kismet post where i'm wearing the miu miu's in bed??

alli - what a shame (me tripping around in front of the mail guy AND that i had to return them)!

jakarech - girl! my feet were screaming 'take these things off fool!!' and then i almost wiped out. woops! if you get them i wish you luck and want an update!! xo

lopezjennyLopez said...

Great shoes!!!
You made the story very entertaining to read. I went through a situation kind of similar, but I had to stay home for like 3 days because i twisted my ankle. And a still think about wearing those shoes again, I have the hope that next time I can walk better on them!!!


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