February 17th, 2013

The Well-Heeled Woman

by Jacqueline Whitmore

IMG_2194When I think of Jimmy Choo, I think of Princess Diana. I’ve wanted a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes ever since I learned that he was her shoemaker many years ago.

Jimmy Choo shoes are worn by some of the most well-heeled women in the world and I never thought I would ever own a pair. Not only are they luxurious, they’re also very expensive. But my life changed last week when I walked into Nordstrom in Boca Raton, Florida to return a pair of dress shoes that didn’t fit properly.

While I was browsing around the shoe department, a pair of Jimmy Choos caught my eye. I’m sure the lighting in the store makes everything look good but I could swear that these shoes were glistening.

I said to the sales lady, “I’d like to try those shoes on…just for fun.” That was my first mistake. Once I slipped my feet into the supple, patent leather peep-toe pumps, I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

“They’re so comfortable,” I said as I admired my feet in the mirror.
“Jimmy Choo is a girl’s best friend,” the sales lady said with a smile.

That’s all she had to say. The next thing I knew I was handing her my credit card.

Call it superficial if you like, but the reality is that shoes are one of the first things people notice when meeting you for the first time.

In my business etiquette seminars, I always encourage my participants to buy the best shoes they can afford because good-looking shoes can help you step up and stand out. In this case, I followed my own advice. These shoes really do make me stand a little taller (thanks to the 4” heel) and feel good about myself. Thanks, Jimmy Choo, for giving me that “boost” of confidence!

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