Whose Shoes These Are I Think I Know / The Store’s in the West Village Though
Not too long ago I summed up a Penguin preview that featured a YA novel’s cover. Here is the cover in particular:
And though I am not a shoe person by nature, I suddenly foudn that I had to have those pumps. Adorable doesn’t even begin to cover them. But where would I go? Short of tracking down the Art Designer and insisting they tell me, of course (no use making this easy on myself).
Well magnificent Queens librarian Lori Ess, who should really have a blog of her own because she is fabulous, did some detective work on my behalf. She writes:
Sooooo, I’m a big dork. And I also thought those shoes on the cover of Geek Charming were glorious too. So I employed my super librarian powers of investigation…. And I couldn’t find them. BUT, I found some similar lookingish ones.
A little more ladylike @ Nordstrom:
Very 30’s @ Nordstrom:
Foxy @ Guess:
Actually Affordable meets Kinda Trashy @ Endless:
(sorry, but that’s as big as the picture gets)
Lori was clearly on the right track, but as I am sure you have noted, it’s the color of those shoes that’s part of their charm. I searched a little on my own, but all I could come up with was a lamentable:
Close but no cigar.
Finally I cracked. I asked author Robin Palmer if she knew what they were. She didn’t, but she put me in touch with Kristin Smith who told me that she’d found the shoes in a Century 21 in Brooklyn. Huh! Story gets weirder. She sent me this link, identifying the shoes and showing this little puppy to the left here. Apparently the shoes I’ve been lusting after all this time come from a Jessica Simpson line. They’re called "Olden" sandals. And to think I would ever want anything at all to do with Ms. Simpson. *sigh*
Happy ending, Ms. Smith showed me the image below and there they are. The shoes. Now I must locate them online for purchase in some manner. Until then, mystery solved. Slap your hands together, you are done.
Next week, my attempt to find the sweater featured on the cover of The Ruby Key.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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