I’ve been stalking Sandra Bullock for weeks. Luckily for me, so have the Paparazzi! Unlike the Paps, I don’t give a crap who she’s linked with romantically. All this internet-based stalking is because I’m obsessed with a pair of low-heeled, black leather boots that she wears casually with leggings or jeans. And they have been hard to find!
Best I can tell, they are this pair of Fiorentini+Baker boots, sold at Gravity Pope for $615CAD:
Now, I’m on a new mission! Rather than spend the equivalent of a mortgage payment on footwear, I’m going to now find a similar boot for a third of the price (or lower).
The price of footwear has increased dramatically over the last few years. I remember swearing that if I ever spent $400 on shoes that it would be on Chanel pumps. The two-tone, nude-with-black-toe-caps classic style. Turns out, by the time I could finally afford them they were closer to $900. Again: eep.
Candace Bushnell once told me – and a hundred other ladies who saw her speak in Toronto at an event in 2008 – that “in life, there is no such thing as free shoes”. Did you know that even with all the exposure Manolo Blahnik got from Sex And The City, she only once received a free pair of shoes (well, three pair but, seriously, the man owes her free shoes for life).
Let’s be honest, she’s probably been flipped a few free things in her life – shoes or otherwise. But it’s not about what you can get for nothing. It’s about working hard and earning your shoes. It’s about being a good person and being true.
Her advice really hit home with me at the time as I was being courted by PR agencies near daily to promote their products in feature articles on Hitched.ca. Note: it wasn’t exactly glamourous as we’re talking lip balms and tooth whiteners. But Candace’s advice is just as relevant now with digital influencers like Bloggers and Tweeters becoming the promotional route of choice of so many brands.
A Kobo, a tub of peanut butter or a pair of awesome black boots; this is the time when we could be using our influence for much more than bunch of free stuff we probably won’t like and usually won’t use.
I love shopping! I love stuff! But I draw the line (and always have) at touting a product that just doesn’t cut it. And I hope that this blog retains it’s authenticity and integrity, even with all it’s Product Shoutouts. I’m not saying that I will stop getting products from PR companies or would turn down a pair of free boots from, say, oh…I don’t know…Fiorentini+Baker? It’s just a statement that what I promote here – and at Hitched.ca – are products or services that I really use and promise I will never lead my readers to believe otherwise. That just wouldn’t be Swell.