Thursday, May 5, 2011

Life: Boot-topia...

I'm not sure exactly when it happened but at some point in my life my adoration for shoes turned into a full blown boot obsession.  I can't tell you how many pairs of boots I currently own.  Nor do I really care (I'm not that obsessed, yo)!  But I can tell you that yesterday I happened upon the ULTIMATE boot-topia! I've been a admirer of CYDWOQ handmade (in the U. S. of A) shoes since the day I stumbled across a pair at a designer resale boutique in Santa Monica.  They were so unique...I had to have them!   It wasn't until later, after researching the company, that I realized the $45 I had just dropped on my (nearly) new shoes was an incredible deal.  But I digress....

Yesterday, I ventured out to Burbank to the CYDWOQ showroom (and factory).  There's nothing like using your wedding as justification for the purchase of a new pair of boots (which would normally not be in the budget)! Yeah, you read that right...I said wedding BOOTS!   Nope, no, Jimmy Choos or Badgley Mischkas for me.  If I'm going to spend that kind of money on footwear it's going to be on something I'd wear more than once!

Let's have a looksie inside the showroom, shall we...
Cydwoq Showroom

Here's how things work.  All of the footwear in this room (above) can be made to your size, color and leather specifications.  Turn around time, I was told, is one to two weeks.  All the samples I looked at were Euro size 37 (my size)!  So I was able to try on many of the floor models. None of these shoes are in stock on site except for some limited styles and sizes behind that door across the room.  On the other side of that door everything (sitting on a box) was 50% off!  It was precisely at the moment when I heard those words that I thought I had died and gone to shoe heaven.  And, as if that wasn't enough, MANY of the boots in the sale room were available in my size!  I was so close to walking out of there with three new pairs of boots.   Alas, I kept it in check.  And I'm thrilled to report that this mission was a complete success!  Wedding boots purchased!

Cydwoq Sale Room

Cydwoq Factory

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