I bought these sparkly shoes after seeing them all over the place and I like the way they look, but they are so ridiculously uncomfortable I can only wear them for very brief periods of time (like, say, two feet out my front door before hobbling back inside). These shoes had replaced another pair of Payless flats that I'd finally gotten rid of because I didn't want to be tempted to wear them anymore. I'd always convince myself they weren't THAT painful and then be reminded, quickly, that, yes, they really were that painful.
I was ready to swear off Payless Shoes except then I remembered that my red wedges from Payless are pretty much the MOST comfortable shoes ever.
And Old Navy? I basically only buy shoes there when they are on enormous sale, and some of them have been my very favorite, despite costing less than a Big Mac (like the pair of shimmery brown shoes I bought there for $4 about five years ago and wore almost every single day that I worked as a librarian and was standing, pregnant, for 5-6 hours a day. They were the best. I still miss them).
And I have pairs of shoes that cost ten times more that are just as painful (or more so) than my cheap Payless ones.
I guess the only answer is to keep buying shoes at every possible price point. For research purposes. (You know this is such a lie. I'm going to just keep buying shoes that cost $5 or less).
By the way, after I posted a picture of this camera bag on Instagram on our way down to Galveston, several people asked how I liked it. At the time, I'd had it for all of 2 days, so I didn't really have a lot to say, but now that I've used it for over a month, I have nothing but rave reviews of it. Jo Totes sent me this bag, but they didn't ask me to write about it - I just really really love it.
I love how nice the color and feel of the material is, I love that it has great stitching and no loose threads, I love that it has two interchangable straps (one long, one short), I love that it zips shut and that it has gobs of pockets but isn't overly bulkly.
I love that it's big enough for me to carry both my camera with an extra lens PLUS all my diaper bag stuff. And I really love that you can arrange the inside divider/protectors to accommodate whatever size lenses and cameras you have.
If you're in the market for a camera bag that doesn't scream "camera bag!" I'd highly recommend this one.
(I thought it wasn't overly girly, but when Bart saw it he said, "I guess you weren't really going for a unisex bag there." Oh well. I'm happy to be the one who gets to carry it).
*******************************************************P.S. A few of the posts I've written over at Disney Baby and Spoonful recently