Even before I attended the Romance Writers of America conference in San Francisco last week, I’d decided to do a blog on women’s high-fashion shoes. I thought I’d start out giving a little history on nineteenth century styles, touch on design and fabrics and how the shoe has evolved during the century.
I started researching. Dabbled with a few ideas. Found a picture or two. And then I thought . . . nah.
Let’s go right for the bling!
And what better place to do that than where 2,200 women are gathered? Twenty-two hundred women who WRITE, and every writer knows how solitary sitting in front of that computer can be, week after week. Month after month. Toiling over manuscripts and emails and blogs just like this one–all by our lonesome.
RWA’s national conference is one place where we authors come out en masse, strut our stuff, show our professionalism. Our successes.
After much shopping and planning and travel, aspiring writers arrive to blend with industry professionals. Published authors meet with their editors and agents. Newbie authors rub elbows with nationally known bestselling authors. During the conference, we learn. We network.
And we party!
One such party is the esteemed Rita awards ceremony and reception. Another is the gala event Harlequin throws for its authors, and every year, the party is incredible. Cocktails, fine food, and music. Everyone comes dressed for the occasion, and it’s something to see.
Including the shoes. Here’s a few I’ll share with you!
Aren’t these yummy?
Stacey Kayne is wearing the black pair at the top.
Going clockwise, Gail Ranstrom, a Harlequin Historical author.
Rounding out the circle is Charlene Sands, Pam Crooks and Kate Bridges.
These tootsies belong to Nora Roberts.
She’d been dancing shoeless, but I happened to catch her just as she was putting them back on again before she left.
Aren’t these pretty? The ties are unusual! Margaret Marbury, one of the Harlequin editors, wore them. Except I didn’t know that’s who she was, and we had a giggle over it. She’s gorgeous–tall, blond and willowy.
I just love this one! Michelle Buonfiglio is a romance columnist for Lifetime Television’s myLifetime.com.
This strappy little number was worn by Michelle’s good friend, Amy Fosseen, who was happy to oblige me, too!
Bet you weren’t expecting these, eh?
Scott Eagan, with Greyhaus Literary Agency, and his wife, Nikki, who writes as
Bronwyn Scott for Harlequin Historicals.
Scott’s kilt is an Irish Ancient Galway Tartan from where the Eagan family comes from.
Julianne McLean, currently writing for Avon and a former Harlequin author, posed on the dance floor for me. Her shoes reminded me of the ones our Barbie dolls used to wear. Red polish and all.
Walmart, $19.99. (And yes, she told me I could tell you that!)
I could have snapped pictures of pedicured toes, nail polish that ranged from bright pink to bold black, and shoes with rhinestones and stiletto heels all night long. Even now, I’m drooling over the memories of all those gorgeous shoes.
So how about you? Are you a shoe hound? Do you have a closet full, all kinds? Or are you a one pair of Nikes kind of gal? (Or guy.)
How much are you willing to spend for that perfect pair of shoes to accessorize the perfect dress? Are you a bargain hunter?
Let’s talk shoes, girls!
I’ll let you in on a secret. Remember my shoe in the top pic? The one with the black polka-dot bow? $9.99 on clearance. Best ten bucks I’ve spent in a long time! Hee!