Many of you know that Nordstrom is my absolute favorite shoe store. I have been to the Flagship store in Seattle and a plethora of others throughout the United States. A few weeks ago I ripped the strap on one of my favorite black sandals. Finding a good comfy black sandal is not easy. Recently, I was driving by the mall in sweats and tennis shoes. I made a last minute decision to go sandal shopping. I only found two black sandals that I really loved and knew would be comfortable by the brand names. I had to take off my socks to try them on. It was still March so I had not gotten the much needed pedicure. The salesperson was a nice guy, yet half way through the sale when I am walking by the mirror he says, "I'll be right back." He returns from the cosmetic counter with a sample moisturizer and recommends them for my feet! Son of a bitch how embarrassing! I am back pedaling trying to explain that this was not a planned stopped and I was not prepared and my feet aren't usually this dry…. blah blah blah. He is giving me the "Mam just take the moisturizer sample and put some on for when I return." I am mortified. I will tell you how this shoe sale ends shortly.
As spring comes the boots hit the closet and its time to take out the sandals and the flip flops. This used to be a no thought process. Grab a pedicure, get some new sandals, and 'BAM' you are ready for spring and summer. Not so easy anymore… I look down at my feet and my heels and I think ashy is an understatement. My feet are black so ashy is a frightening sight! I remember when I was little looking at older women with heels that were all cracked and thinking eeewwww why don't they put lotion on those or get a pedicure. As I pitter patter into midlife, I am finding that it's more than just the lack of attention you give your feet. Dr. Mehmet Oz says there are fewer oil glands on your feet, so they are much more likely to become dry. As you get older, natural exfoliation and production of new skin cells occur at a slower rate, which can make it more difficult for your dry skin to heal. But that does not mean neglect your feet. It means we need to start working on them earlier! It also means we need to put much more effort into making them pleasing to the eye. Because I am sorry I don't care how cute or expensive your sandals or flip flops are... dry cracked feet/heels Do Not Go Unnoticed. Your feet say a lot about you, including your health condition.
Back to the Nordstrom Shoe Salon. Another sales person has heard all my excuses for why my feet were not prepared for this sandal shopping stop. She comes over and sees me rubbing on the sample moisturizer. Now this nice sales girl makes me feel worse while at the same time gives me great advice. She states that her mom never had dry feet or cracked heels until she got older. I was thinking thanks for putting me in that category. (Just for the record I don't feel old. I don't think I look old, and I think old is a state of mind formed by the myth that when you turn 50 you are old. I digress this is another blog coming soon!) So the sales girl calls her mom on the phone in front of me and writes down some ingredients. She then hands me a homemade concoction for dry feet. She says it's inexpensive and that she promises my feet will look better than any pedicure in 2-3 weeks. Fast forward to this week. I have just gotten all the ingredients and put it all in a jar. So to wrap up this blog... I purchased some cute comfy black sandals. Received a great sample moisturizer and the secret balm for a possible miracle foot cream. All in all a successful shoe shopping experience. ONLY at Nordstroms!
P.S. I will let you know if the Secret Balm Works. Enjoy and tell me if you like it!
Secret Moisturizing Balm:
15oz Baby Lotion
Tub of Vitamin E Cream (Dollar Store)
Large Jar of Vaseline
tsp. of Glycerin
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
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