12.13.2007

Chinese Finger/Foot Trap

All ye of an ample calf will appreciate this tale. My mom was a really good sport about clothes shopping with me and my sister when we were in high school and sometimes we could convince her to take us to the Haight-Ashbury to shop {thanks mom for rifling through all those dirty racks of clothes and helping us find cute things}. After going in and out of thrift and vintage shops we stopped at this really nice shoe store, where I saw these outrageous boots that I just had to try on. If I recall they were blue snakeskin with some yellow, an updated cowboy boot style with a zipper. So I put the thing on, with a bit of effort to get the zipper up over my ample calf, and decide they were far too expensive {I knew that from the get go, and so did the shoe sales person}. So when the time to take the lovely boot off came I was having trouble getting the zipper to go back down my ample calf. Long story short, someone had to go in the back to fetch the needle nose pliers and release me from the trap I had unwittingly stuck my foot in. I recall being really embarrassed and my foot was all sweaty, but I concluded that this must happen frequently enough for the store to have a set of pliers on hand, and that made me feel a little better. Anyhow, this is not something new, but I remember vividly when J.Crew started making their boots with extended calf sizes. Thanks J.Crew.

6 comments:

AJ said...

Billie,
That same thing happened to me at American Eagle. I really liked the boots so I ended up buying the boot. I did not however buy the exact pair I was trying on because I actually broke the zipper on the suede boot. It was really really embarrassing. yeah for fat calf boots.
*P.S. My mom was in YW's forever and used to take them shopping on Haight/Ashbury. The first time I went I saw a cross dresser for the first time and started crying. oh my poor sheltered life. I am way beyond that now.

Bille said...

If by "way beyond that now" you mean you are cross dressing, well then AJ we've got to talk.

Bille said...

BTW, I can't imagine your slender legs being stuck in a boot.

AJ said...

Sorry to disappoint you but I am not dressing up as a man. I will let you in on all that as soon as I start.

Stephanie J. Robertson said...

ah bille. thanks for this. it was just as funny the second time around.

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