Let’s go Shoe Shopping!

OK, today I’m going to take you shoe shopping!  We’ve never been shoe shopping together before, have we?  Especially not  . . . in London!   Musica?

Rachel and Paul took us to London on the train; it was a gorgeous day; we spent it wandering up and down the streets, window shopping and eating  . . .

I saw this shoe store and just had to go in!  I was enthralled with all these colorful styles, I started taking pictures, saying to myself, “The girls are going to LOVE this!”

The colors were just amazing, and the styles!!!  I was just getting going, when a little tap came on my shoulder and a sweet and proper (pronounced Propah) little English voice said, “I’m sorry but we don’t allow photos taken here!”  SO disappointed.  These were the only two photos I got.  But I do understand!  I took their card, a heart-shaped card of course.  And yesterday, I went shopping on their website . . . and it was so much fun, I thought, well, I can show the girls afterall!  So here goes, just some of what you find in this CURRAAAAZEEE SHOE STORE!

Hello?  Do I even have to say anything?  Isn’t it a little work of art?  I’m not saying anyone has to wear it, I’m just saying, LOOK HOW CUTE!

Have to say it again . . . LOOK HOW CUTE!


 There were lots of high heels, but they had flats and low heels too.  All of them have amazing details, such as the little black and white cording on these peek-a-boo shoes.

And these . . . polka dot heels!  They look like Cath Kidston would have designed them!

Which was closed by the way, when we were in London, but I tried!  I know you wanted me to go!

Back to shoes, look at the lime green toe!  And silver heel!

And these sandals with the tiny heel and giant red rose . . .

And this little sweetie pie . . . quilters might like this shoe!

Ankle straps with flowers!  Precious!

And this silver and linen beauty with a see-through heel . . .

Bright and summery, with a striped sling-back and low heel, and pom pom!

Same shoe, when you go to the site they show you the shoes from all sides . . . here it still looks like a yellow shoe . . . but then ….

When you see it from the front, it looks blue!

Whoever is designing these shoes is having SO MUCH FUN, they all look like fantasy shoes to me!  You know I love to paint shoes . . . if I could have another job, I think it would be really fun to design shoes!

Elegant, pink, silver, exactly the right amount of bling, thin strip of hot pink on the bottom, cool and beautiful.

And this, perfect to wear to a Jimmy Buffet concert . . . see-through heel again . . .

If I was eighteen this IS the shoe I would buy right this moment.  And then, I would take it out dancing. Gold cord!  Black bird and flowers!  Too cute!  I think I would scare Joe if I came out in them now!  For all kinds of reasons!

This one is called Woodstock, look at the little hearts in the heel!

This to me looks like a picnic shoe!  Like it’s both the basket and the blanket you spread on the grass.  But look at the tiny blue and white cord on the heel.

You have to love someone who puts turquoise with red . . . and a little scalloped edge!

Now THESE are the ones I did buy.  They came from another store we found up in the Lake District . . . and I could not resist them, wrapped them up and stuffed them in our bags to bring home.

They had them in green too . . . I found out where you can get these boots on line . . . they’re the Country Boots at www.toggi.com — maybe you need some for winter!

And in case you want to see more, you can find all those other shoes at www.irregularchoice.com.  Because, a little shoe can go a long way . . . If you don’t have a colored shoe in your closet, something exciting in pink, or orange, or purple, then maybe it’s time!  I just bought these purple ones …. they’re on sale, they’re comfy and they go with everything!

We’re the ones who get to wear the cute stuff!

Now I want to leave you with this . . . speaking of people making the world a cuter place to live . . .  in case, for any reason, you could use some cheering up, I think this will do it . . . Hurray for Ashleigh and Pudsey!

Love you, Girlfriends, bye for now!

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307 Responses to Let’s go Shoe Shopping!

  1. Marilyn says:

    I didn’t realize I was a shoe person until my recent cleaning in my closet. Oh dear, I see I have many and still want more. Looooovvee seeing these shoes, would love those yellow sandals that are blue from the front. We are lucky, aren’t we.

  2. Cindy Maulin says:

    hi susan…amazingly fun post today!! i love shoes too, but since i teach PE and coach golf..you can imagine what my closet is full of….NOT HEELS!!! But i love them and look all of the time!..my passion are boots…i have them for all kinds of necessary occasions….rain, snow, dress-up, horse-backing riding (just in case) garden, rodeo, the beach… and new ones to wear to the state fair here in Missouri…just LOVE your choice..might have to look those up…always so fun to read your blog..I truly love it and smile everytime I check in…have turned several of my girlfriends onto it too…they can’t believe what they’ve been missing!! Thank you Susan..a treasured friend of mine and many!! have a great week-end…love, cindy

  3. Deb from Dixie says:

    Maybe it is just me….but the second photo from the store in London had the cutest shoes…the black and white shoes with the black patches look like a cut out of a kitty’s head and ears…..too cute! And anything with cute Kitties I love!

    However, then I saw the red shoes with the turquoise ribbon…they by far are my favorite….. I would have worn those shoes with glee! But alas, no more heels for me… a few years back after a bad ankle break ….which I now refer to as the cankle ankle incident…..LOL, I had to give up on heels, and now, I am all about the comfort. So love the purple Mary Jane’s you chose Susan.

    I must admit I still have a couple of my favorite pairs of high heeled
    pre-cankle ankle shoes on my closet shelf…..one beauty, black suede with a leopard pattern front insert that is gorgeous, formal and amazing…..sometimes I look at that pair and just remember how much fun it was wearing them…always had a zippity-do-dah day when I wore those shoes!

    Thanks for the shoe tour!

    Cheers for Ashleigh and Pudsey! That was wonderful to watch, just the sweetest pup and what a wonderful bond between them, made my heart happy.

    Have a wonderful weekend Susan, Jack and girlfriends!

  4. Lyndia/Corte Madera, CA says:

    The shoes were great fun, but, OH MY! Ashleigh & Pudsey are adorable. Bravo! Thanks for sharing!

  5. kare Banks says:

    Oh Susan… What Memories You’ve stirred…
    My Grandmother had the cutest dresses, hats & Shoes …my sisters & i used to LOVE ‘dress up’ at Grandma’s. She was a city girl (Chicago) and still had her red and blue beaded Flapper dresses from the roaring 20’s, the Shoes to go with them + shoe “Jewelry”= glass beads, feathers, however you wished to accesorize. She also had the beaded & feathered headbands & those crazy Boas! She had the most Gorgeous ball gowns …And their matched shoes. Looking back … i Can NOT believe she let us play in them!
    OH, how i Wished we would have saved them .. They were Glorious!

    i love a great pair of colorfull shoes…and though i am Now 50 i refuse to let anyone tell me i’m supposed to wear ‘Mature’ shoes.
    i’m wearing my lime green ‘RocketDog’ flats at this moment… 🙂

    Just remembered… i have 2 of my Grandma’s beaded clutchs (?) a white and a black one… They’re in Storage of all things :0 i MUST go FIND them!!
    THANK YOU-Thank You -Thank You….
    …For sparking Great memories and looking forward to creating New ones … All of us in our Fabulous Party (Any times) shoes!

  6. “It sounds like Susan Branch is trying to ambush or something. Why is she asking all these personal questions?” my son stated the other day.

    I had bought my mother your journal: ‘Grandmother, Tell Me Your Story’;
    In an effort to help her get her story down, I’ve been writing her answers to the questions as she sews or does other things. (I’m a stay-at-home daughter)

    My son has observed me calling her siblings, writing down all kinds of information about birthdays, asking her about details of her life…

    “Son, this book is NOT going back to Susan Branch. This book is for us and you grandkids. ”

    Ohhhhhhhh” he said as I explained what the book actually was a way to keep history.

    I laughed so hard!!

    SUSAN BRANCH: International SPY! Too funny!

  7. Ann Beirne says:

    I love seeing the pictures of all the different shoes!! I remember the days I wore platforms and high heels! They didn’t have the selection you see now back then! I love shopping in general, especially when I am traveling to different places. My husband just doesn’t get it! He is a good guy though and will usually find a spot to sit if he doesn’t want to go into a store.

    I have a question for you. Is purple your favorite color? It definitely is mine…so I love those shoes that you bought! The only size they did not have was mine…8.5!! I do have a pair of purple flats that are more dressy and not as comfy looking as the shoes you bought!

    So when I wear my purple shoes, I will be thinking that yours are made better for the feet than mine!

  8. Jacquelyn Wirthlin - Bainbridge Island, WA says:

    Another wonderful post, Sue. Thanks so much for the insight into the London shoe scene. What fun. I love the shoe you painted and would enjoy a pair of my own! Wonder if Nordstrom knows you are designing footware…lol. I’m still laughing at the red shoes on the fellow in the dining salon on the Queen Mary 2 … I think I owned those shoes in the 70s. Gotta get back to my canning … Brandied Apricot Preserves for Christmas giving. Have a wonderful weekend.

  9. judi says:

    If any of you are reading this right now, Fri., Aug. 3, 5:18 p.m. the Queen Mary 2 is ready to leave the New York Harbor Webcam at any moment. It was due to leave at 5:00 p.m. but…..still there:) (on the way back to Southhampton).

    • sbranch says:

      Here’s the link! Yes, look at that . . . as murky there as it is here it looks like…. Thanks Judi!

      • judi says:

        I love checking in at the New York Harbor Webcam. I actually saw 2 waverunners last night going like mad in that big harbor next to those HUGE ships. UFF DA. Just amazing. It is so interesting to see the ships from all over the world come in. In case you didn’t know….just page down from the webcam and you will see a little window with little colored ships. Click on one and it will tell you where it is from, etc. You can zoom in/out of the harbor and by holding your mouse down you can pan all the way across the ocean to England. Such fun.

        • sbranch says:

          Where do you hold your mouse to pan all the way across? Is it the google earth window?

          • judi says:

            I hold the left side of the mouse down anywhere in the little picture with the colored boats (below webcam) and you see an open hand keep your finger down and just slide your mouse to the left and let up. Then move your cursor to the far right and hold down left side of mouse again…slide left without lifting, then lift and move your cursor to the right. Etc. continue across the sea. There is an area in the middle (of the ocean) where they don’t have contact but, keep going right when you come to the english channel you will be AMAZED at the boat traffic….looks like a freeway:)

          • sbranch says:

            I could spend hours looking for the Queen Mary 2 !!! Have to stop myself! Lost at sea! (me, not the ship)

  10. Glenda says:

    Such a fun shopping day! I would never have thought of England for these kinds of shoes. So fo fun just to look at. Can’t imagine wearing them though, not at my age anyway!:). Would love to see them on. Thanks for sharing….

  11. Elaine says:

    Had to laugh at your story as I was not so politely told not to take pictures of a hat store,and I was out front! It was adorable, begging to be photographed! This was in Oxford, England.

  12. Chris Wells says:

    I’m so late on this blog…….Love The Shoes! Had to e-mail my 15 year old grand-daughter so she would not miss this one! Her mother e-mailed back to say both were enjoying the shoes (they are well trained shoppers) and that Annabret already owned one of them! I think it’s the yellow heels in your second photo from the store before they caught you taking pictures! Like so many of the girlfriends it made me wistful for my youth. I used to be able to wear shoes like that! My mother used to call me “Twiggy” (remember her?) Now it’s all about comfort! If I can’t walk a mile in them……then I don’t think so.
    And how could you not love Pudsey and Ashleigh! Did you notice how that dog wagged his tail the whole time….what love between them!
    You did it again Susan……great blog.

  13. Ann Y. (Adamstown, PA) says:

    Ooooh – Love them all ! My friend and I have a little sign in our closets that says “She who dies with the most shoes wins !” I just helped her move and she is WAY ahead, but you are giving me ideas to take the lead. Love the Jimmy Buffett concert shoes….going to see him soon and wish I had them to make this Parrothead a ParrotFOOT !!!

  14. Frances Fowler says:

    The Brits know how to do some shoes! I probably would never buy them, being extremely practical with a mind to comfort (Danskos!), but my 22 year-old daughter would wear most of those in a heartbeat!

  15. Jackie P says:

    For those of us who were teenagers in the 1960’s, the “British invasion” caused a fashion trend that was all the rage (esp circa 1964 when the Beatles came to America! — as you well know!). I remember Mary Janes and Ghillies (shoes), worn with tights–preferably white or fishnets!– and mini skirts! (Until then, I wore saddle shoes or penny loafers.) And of course we can’t forget YARDLEY! Especially Slicker (remember Jean Shrimpton?)! When I went to London in the late 1980’s I actually found some Yardley lipgloss (oh delight!) in Boots Apothecary and the fragrance took me back almost 20 years! I still have a tube of it, mostly gone, but every once in a while I open it for a faint whiff of that scent. Oh to be English in the 1960’s!

    • Judy Young says:

      I was in England during the fabulous 60’s. Carnaby Street, Marianne Faithful, Jane Asher, Beatles, Stones, Mary Quant, Jean Shrimpton…….oh that brings back some great memories. Those were some great times!

  16. Crystal S. says:

    Hi Susan,

    Love your wonderful post again today. You make my day every time I see that you have written something new. Also, thank you, thank you, thank you for the wonderful video of Ashleigh and Pudsey. That is the absolute cutest thing I have ever seen. I will have everyone in my family watching it.

  17. Martha says:

    I love these shoes! My favorite are the sandals with the pom-pom – what fun summer shoes! What was the name of the store? Martha from CT

    • sbranch says:

      I put the names of the stores and links to them at almost the end of the post…you’ll see colored letters, just click on them.

  18. Suzanne says:

    Hi Sue! Love, Love, Love these shoes! They are so unique, like art for your feet! Honestly I am addicted to shoes, and these could really dress up a pair of jeans and sweater….so cute. You must have had so much fun shopping in England, it must have been hard not purchase one of everything! Thanks for the look into a lovely shoe store. Have a sparkling day. ~ East Longmeadow, Ma.

  19. Wendy Louise says:

    Love those boots ! You will be able to trek around the Island in the winter in comfort for sure ! I love to look at all those shoes and when I was younger boy would I want a pair but now I would kill myself in them. I am so glad they are getting more creative with flats. You could design a whole slew of beautiful flats and I bet they would be a big hit ! “Susan Branch Shoes ” I love the sound of that. Thank-you once again for a delightful Blog, you better win that contest, in my eyes you are a shoe in ! Hahahaha. corny on my part but cute ! You are the Best ! OOXX

  20. Kathy from Heafed to the Fell, Brevard, NC says:

    Thank you Susan and Girlfriends for this wonderful shopping trip with all of you! And a GREAT BIG THANK YOU FOR HOLDING ME BACK! I loved just about all the shoes—I would have bought the Patty style in the plain blue if I lived in England and were a lot younger (they’re on sale too!), I would have bought the Posie in the plain blue if I lived in England now and you all gave the OK at my age. The Duchess of Cambridge might want to consider, just in case Your Royal Highness is one of the Girlfriends, or are friends with one of the Girlfriends (hint, hint), buying the Patty style in the dotted blue to wear to all your official events with children; I think they will love them!

    The video was terrific—what a darling pair; Ashleigh picked a great theme for her and Pudsey’s routine! Susan, you planned a great day out! xoxoxo

  21. Kelley S. says:

    Wouldn’t Jack love to get his curious paws on the frilly parts of these shoes? Susan, he wants you to buy several pairs!

  22. Veronica says:

    ‘Sweet Susan’, I absolutely love your shoe! Apricot-peach with the gather and a mule design. But there is something about that sunshine yellow ribbon-bow. I want to but the first pair,Please!!! Love back at ya!

  23. Karen P. - Green Bay, WI says:

    Loved this look at fancy shoes! Who doesn’t love shoes, right?! I think I was the one they were talking about in that quote about the first woman to fall off her cork shoes in 1972! Surprised that I never broke an ankle! Wicked!!! Ashleigh and Pudsey are adorable!!!

  24. Teresa M. Young says:

    Love them all! Especially those with floral design… I’d break my neck in some of them but cute just the same… Hugs Susan… thanks for taking me back to England…

  25. Sandy Richmond says:

    All of these shoes remind me when as a young working woman, I went shopping downtown Minneapolis. I bought a pair of brown patent, black trimmed shoes, with kind of a wedge heel. They were fairly simply styled, made in Italy and I loved them. The first time I wore them to a family gathering, my favorite uncle said, ” Sandra, those are the ugliest shoes I have ever seen. Well, I still loved him and I still loved my shoes!
    Love your new boots!
    Humid here, but I spent 3 hours in a pool today. So refreshing!

  26. Carol Divis says:

    The shoes from the London shop are just super, not that I could manage the heels but they’re adorable. As a teenager (long ago) had a pr. of shoes with a lucite heel and I thought I was “it”!
    You would make a wonderful shoe designer – the beauty is in the details and you are just so good a seeing those little bits that make magic!! And you’ll know what us over a certain age can manage – beauty plus ability to walk!
    Give it a whirl, if only on your blog, website – someone who needs to see it will!!!

  27. Robin says:

    THE BEST! I love the blue floral with the yellow heel and the pink and silver!
    What a treat! Hope we can go again soon!

  28. Betsy says:

    What a fun post! All I can say is you are a shoe-in ( sorry….I couldn’t resist)to win for best blog in the Country Living Contest!

  29. Becky says:

    The shoes are just divine, so campy and kitchy and adorable, but my favorite part of this post was the YouTube video of Ashleigh (sweet girl) and her precious pup. Absolutely made my day!

    I really might have to purchase the black and while sandals with the sizable patent leather bow called “Dreamimg of Burt.” They look like a piece of Mary Engelbrite artwork. I’ll sleep on it, but I just celebrated my “plus one” birthday and didn’t get myself anything, so I’m thinking……

  30. Kirsten Wichert from So. California says:

    Once again I thoroughly enjoyed your blog! Wow, what amazing shoes…..I so loved the ones that look like Cath Kidston’s work! But the topper was the video of Pudsey performing!!! I never would have seen this had you not shared it. Thanks for the eye candy shoes and the entertainment!

  31. Esther P says:

    I am sitting in my studio on this rainy (hip, hip, hooray) Sunday morning, pondering what to paint on an anniversary card, decide to see what Susan has to say and voila!….color, color, color and ‘inspirational’ shoes….who knew ? Thanks for the encouragement 🙂

  32. Dinahsoar says:

    The shoes are amazing AND adorable–oh how I love them. And Pudsey and his girl–incredible!!…love them both, very very sweet. Pudsey is one talented doggie. So is his girl– to train him so well….from the hills of TN.

  33. Carilyn Wolski says:

    Hello Susan! Good morning from wet and cloudy Dearborn, Michigan! Thank you for taking us shopping for shoes!!!! Those pictures are addicting to look at!!! Your boots are sooooooooooo cute Susan!!! I bet you can’t wait to wear them this fall and winter…….such a smart purchase. Just curious, did you finish your scarf you were knitting on the ship? It will look fantastic with those special boots!!!! Have a great Sunday!!!!!

  34. Amy K says:

    No one asked so I will. Web site for the shoes, please?

  35. Jane from Florida says:

    Love, Love Love the shoes!! I would be hard pressed to pick a pair. Aw well, may-be I should take all of them and add them to my ever growing collection. Wearing these wonderful shoes would certainly brighten your day and everyone around you. Susan, thanks for sharing.
    Also, What a Wonderful World is one of my favorite songs.

  36. Carol from Connecticut says:

    Dear Susan,
    I love 2 pairs of shoes on the ‘irregular’ website: Burger and Fries, and Penelope and I WANT THEM and I WANT THEM NOW !!!
    Tra la, Carol

  37. Angela Sweby says:

    Wow, what a feast for the eyes. What amazed me was how many looked like the old Chinese shoes for bound feet particularly the one with the blue polka dot heel, the one with the black cord and the gold birds and flowers and the picnic shoe!! Looking at them all especially the gorgeous pink ruffled one with the yellow polka dot bow made me think that fashions just keep going round and round in circles. That shoe would have not looked out of place on the feet of an elegant dandy in Jane Austen’s day with the frothy white lace at their neck, a rich brocade coat and a pink frilly high heeled pair of shoes…haha!
    Shame Cath kidston’s shop was closed. I visit the one in Cambridge regularly and have no trouble spending over an hour there 🙂

  38. christie ray says:

    Yay! Pudsey….made my day:)) Love you Susan for making sure we all have sunshine in our days…not that I mind the rain, here…oh, my, no…but you sure brought a smile to my face with the cutest shoes on the planet and a peek at a Cath Kidston shoppe, be still my heart!!

  39. Alyssa says:

    OMG! These are really great shoes, I’m getting crazy over these. I super love them all – the colors, the designs, I wanna go to London for these. 🙂

  40. Dorothy Ann says:

    * Hi Susan * ” Shoes…Glorious Shoes”

    What a delightful new Blog that you posted. I read it a few days ago, here I am back again and this time sending you my reply. I can’t get enough of those fabulous shoes, your cute stories about them and of course all those pictures!

    That is some shoe site you linked us to. Ohmy gosh! Found seven, hmmm 8 shoes I would love to have in my closet. I’ll just mention one or two…the adorable “Pom Pom”…sunny yellow/blue sandal with backstrap and low heel and the “Picnic Basket” shoe. Yup! that’s the one you so cutely described, as a shoe with a built in picnic basket and blanket! I’m still smiling about that one!

    Did you see some of the names on that site for their shoes? “May Contain Nuts”, “Kupcake” and “Polka Dot”. Priceless!

    Sue, love those country boots that you bought in England. They are in one of your “colors” too, aren’t they? Warm Brown. Put them on in the fall or winter season, have Joe take a pic of you and attach the music of Nancy Sinatra singing: “These Boots Are Made For Walking”. So cute-you!

    Hope you and Joe had a marvelous weekend.
    * Hugs from Dorothy Ann on Cougar Mountain, Washington *

    • Dorothy Ann says:

      * Hi Rachel in England *

      So happy to meet you via your sweet friend, Susan. I was so delighted to see your post to me on August 1 in Susan’s Blog of “Rachel’s Wallpaper” (which we all found out later on that it’s really Paul’s wallpaper)!

      I replied to Susan about her beautiful post, introducing us to you and Paul and giving us girlfriends a tour of your charming home in England
      In turn, you kindly wrote to me.

      Thank you for the follow-up information on the lamp I asked you about… your awesome green lamp, polka dotted in white with the most unique shade. That was so sweet of you. I hesitated a bit about asking Susan to ask you about it. But there you were, posting me and linking me to the shade at the John Lewis Store home page.

      You also told me you and Paul had improvised and put it together yourselves, adding the base from a gallery to the John Lewis shade. The result, as Susan showed us in her pictures, was beautiful and so creative of you!

      Oh yes, I found it! The shade is a Sanderson pattern, comes in Charcoal and Red. It’s the Sanderson/Dandelion Shade. Your lamp is a lighter background color, almost a cool lemon yellow with green and apricot colored dandelions. That shade is not available at John Lewis, but I do like the charcoal toned one for my decor. I would pair the shade with a John Lewis – white candlestick lamp base and I think that would look wonderful. I’ll e-mail you a picture of the lamp and shade to your “Mozart’s Girl” website that Susan included in her Blog.

      I did a quick browse-around “Mozart’s Girl” and found it so charming.
      I look forward to checking it all out very soon and I’ll send you a little “hi” when I visit there.

      Thank you once again, Rachel for the lamp info…and I hope it’s o.k. with you if I order the John Lewis shade. Your home and all that’s beautiful in it, is so personal, I wouldn’t want to be “pushy” and “copy” something that is part of your decor.

      I hope you’ll visit Susan’s “Shoe Shopping” post and if you do, you’ll find and read this thank you note to you from…

      * Dorothy Ann on Cougar Mountain, Washington *

  41. Dorothy Ann says:

    * Hi Again Susan * Thank You!

    I just want to send you a little note to thank you for encouraging me to write to Rachel about the lamp/shade I admired at her home.

    She replied to me on your “Rachel’s Wallpaper” Blog and kindly gave me the link to where to buy the shade.

    I’ll send you an e-mail with a picture of the lampbase and shade I am planning to put together, using the shade pattern that Rachel has in her lovely home.

    Looking forward to your next post,
    * Dorothy Ann on Cougar Mountain, Washington *

  42. nanette from Alabama says:

    I suppose a girl just never gets too old to appreciate such cute shoes! Your blog came as I cleaned out my shoe closet for my grand daughter who loves cute shoes and can wear all these cute shoes I keep buying and discovering, I really can’t wear!

    I have loved shoes all my life (and I’m turning 59 this Fall) and since I lived in a time when we only got new shoes for Easter (black patent Mary Janes), school starting (sensible shoes), a pair of “tennis shoes” for playing and a pair of flip-flops for summer, I relish the gift of shoes at any time in the year. Even at my age! As a child, when I got new shoes, I was so happy with them that I’d sleep with them on……..a foot sticking out of the bed sheets so I could look at them on my feet until sleep overtook me. My mother was very kind to allow the shoes on in the sheets. Somehow, she knew how much shoes meant to me. I feel sure she had visions from the past remembering how little girls love pretty shoes…….She lived during the depression and though her Daddy owned the General Store and she could see all the shoes there, she was not over indulged. She lived as meagerly as all the other little girls lived and she, too, yearned for pretty shoes. She made up for it by sewing clothes……..she picked cotton long enough to earn enough money for a piece of fabric and then would walk down to her Daddy’s store to buy enough to make a little dress and start sewing away. She is 80 years old and still sewing dresses for herself and doing machine embroidery! What we love as a child stays with us, doesn’t it! It just gets better and better as the years go by! Thank you for the “walk” down “memory lane” with your shoe shopping!

  43. Angie(Tink!) says:

    Hello Sweet Sue I am Back from Our Little Vacation to Jacksonville & Back…We Met Up with Herbster Daughter Nancy…(From Ohio) She is 44….We Then Brought Her Home with Us….& had a Weekend Filled with Lots of Good Food Icy Cold Cocktails Tons of Love & Laughter & We even took Her Fishing & Nancy Caught 5 Fishies & a Turtle! Fun! Then We Jumped into The Pool & Kept Cool! 🙂 Nancy Went Back to Ohio & Herbster & I are Pooped! 😉 But Happy 🙂 Yay! Now as for Your Tour of These Fabulous Shoes…OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG! I would Try On Each Pair…Then Want Them All! Dazzling! Thank You Sweetest Sue…Love & Lots of “Shopping” Pixie~Dust! xoxo Poof!♥*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.♥*¨`*.✫*¨♥*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.♥*¨`*.✫*¨*.

  44. jennifer dyer says:

    I wanted to share a Susan Branch moment: I moved from family to the Cape thanks to military and am away from family and friends. I turn the big 40 on Aug 14th and my mother…the huge beatrix potter fan and the one i responded to you about that I took her on the virtual tour of england thru your blog, sent me via snail mail the book about beatrix potter-a life in nature by linda lear! And when i called to thank her, she said she thought it would help me to be able to chat with you about all things potter!! She loves Beatrix and all the funny things she has said in her past..including about her hernia surgeries, which my mother too has had..i guess they are kindred spirits:) She and I both think Beatrix life very very entertaining:) Sorry its off the shoe subjext but wanted to share!! Hoping this humidity leaves the Cape sooon!!

  45. Ooooooooh, SHOOOOZ!!! Loved this fun post. I actually have a friend who fell off her platform shoes back in the seventies. She was chasing her dog (!!!) when it happened…

  46. carmel says:

    Just returned from 10 days in glorious New England (no Martha’s Vineyard like last year – Boston 4 days, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont this summer). I had to catch up and enjoyed the shoes, Jack and all the beautiful things left behind. Most of all, Ashleigh and Pudsey were a complete joy. Those two are sweetness personified. Thanks so much for sharing everything especially Ashleigh and Pudsey.

  47. Lori A. Monroe says:

    Love the shoes! You make me want to go back to England!

  48. Sue Urness says:

    Joe’s birthday party was awesome! Loved that he did the slide show. Can’t wait to try the simple looking cheesecake recipe.

  49. Happy Birthday Joe!
    Susan I wish I was your neighbor it looks like you throw great parties! 😀

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