Signs from the Universe and the Perfect Boots

by Abby on October 21, 2013

ladybugI am a person who believes in signs. I see a ladybug on my windowsill and think, “That’s a sign.” I count its spots and think, “Ooh, 13. That’s a sign.” It gets tricky sometimes when the signs contradict each other, but who cares? I’m getting signs from the universe!

BTW, if you’re tempted to write me off as a superstitious nitwit, I know a woman who is a molecular scientist or something and even SHE believes in signs. She told me that in the country she’s from, a spider web on your house is a good sign; it means your home is welcoming. So there.

Anyway, a few weeks ago I was browsing in a shoe store and I saw the perfect pair of tall boots. Dark brown, the ideal heel height, just the right balance between casual and dressy, just my size. I have been wanting tall brown boots for a couple years now but I haven’t bought any because I have a complicated relationship with footwear. Also, I couldn’t find any that were exactly what I wanted.

Did I rejoice to the shoe gods and buy the boots immediately like a normal person? No, I did not. I did that thing where I justify, rationalize, and ultimately talk myself out of something I really want. Plus, it was 80-something degrees out so I wasn’t really in a boot mood that day.

Fast-forward a couple weeks and the temperature had changed considerably. Now it felt like fall – boot weather. One day I came home to find an unexpected check in the mailbox. This wasn’t just a check I’d been waiting for so long that I’d forgotten about it. (Sadly, par for the course for freelance writers.) This was an actual out-of-the-blue surprise check. And guess what? It was for $100, exactly what the boots cost. I KNOW. If that’s not a sign, I don’t know what is!

So off I skipped to the shoe store, buoyed by anticipation of my new boots. Aaaand… they didn’t have them anymore. I tried on a dozen other similar pairs but I was like Goldilocks with the bears’ improperly heated porridge. None were just right.

So I tracked down a store employee, who valiantly took on the store’s impenetrable computerized inventory system and discovered after many, MANY nail-biting minutes that another store in the area supposedly had 2 pairs of the boots in my size.

So off I went to THAT store, with only slightly dampened enthusiasm for my new, perfect, gift-from-the-heavens boots. Aaaand… they didn’t have them either. Turns out “the system” is a little wonky and just because it SAYS they have two pairs of 7.5’s doesn’t mean they actually DO.

Still refusing to give up, I went home and searched high and low online to find these boots. But apparently, sometimes footwear has different style names and numbers depending on where it’s sold. That’s not confusing at ALL! So I had to go by appearance only – 2 little buckles on the back, inside zipper, 1.5-in. heel. Then finally, I found them! The last pair of 7.5’s anywhere!

So I ordered them, waited eagerly for the box to arrive, aaaand… they were wide-calf boots. WIDE-CALF, I TELL YOU. Even though the website totally didn’t specify that!! How could this BE? I got a SIGN. The check…? The last pair in my size…? Doesn’t that mean anything to you, universe?!

I know what you’re thinking: that some people might see all these impediments as a sign that I was not supposed to get the boots. That maybe I should, say, spend that $100 on groceries or give it to charity. But it was MY SIGN, OK? And I chose to interpret it how I want! As a sign that I should persevere until I got those boots! As a sign that anything worth having in life takes effort! Whew… some signs sure are a lot of work.

tall brown bootsWell, I’m sure you’ll all be relieved to know that after much more rigmarole and shipping snafus, I was able to exchange the boots for a non-wide-calf pair. Again – the LAST ONES in my size! That HAS to be a s– oh, never mind. Like my boots?

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Lou Mello October 21, 2013 at 7:34 am

Signs, schmines….a woman’s gotta do what a woman’s gotta do. Great looking boots!


Angie Mizzell October 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm

I have a huge spiderweb on my house (actually it’s connected to the tree right beside the back door, close enough). I would have needed the wide calf pair I think. 🙂 Muscular calves, skinny ankles. Each time I invest in a good pair of shoes, they last years. I’m glad you went for quality. Sometimes the wait makes you realize you REALLY do want it.


Sue Green October 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Abby, I too have been looking for tall brown boots for about two years. About a week ago, I finally found a pair I loved with the right heel height, etc. They were a little more than I wanted to pay, but I bought them anyway, took them home and told my husband he could give them to me for Christmas. TWO problems solved!


Abby October 23, 2013 at 8:52 am

Sounds like a win-win for both of you! I’ve learned you can’t go wrong splurging on quality footwear. Your feet will thank you. 🙂


Stacy KK October 24, 2013 at 9:26 am

I found the perfect pair of snow boots last year before Christmas. They were the right height, perfect size (as a 5.5 its HARD to find my size), fur inside to keep me warm…but they were a $100. We all no how hard as a mom it is to spend anything on ourselves. $100 for a pair of boots to only wear in the snow…not going to happen. Luckily I told my husband about him and he told his mom. I may have only got 1 present for Christmas but it was the perfect present!


Abby October 24, 2013 at 10:19 am

i have the same dilemmas, but you can’t skimp on snow boots. And think how many winters you’ll wear them! You’re so right – we wouldn’t think twice about buying them for our kids (who will outgrow them in months) but when they’re for US, it’s much harder. Glad you got your boots!


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