A girl’s right to shoes
As Carrie from Sex and the City says, a girl has a right to shoes. So how come I couldn’t find a single pair in my size at Jerusalem’s biggest mall.
I went to many stores and didn’t see anything I liked, because there’s basically 2 options- platform or wide Israeli style or some combination of the two. Things looked up when I entered Gazith and mustered up the courage to try on the sexiest shoes I might possibly ever own. They were perfect for under jeans, a decent price, and most important – no heel. (the boot featured here).
So, when the salesman asked for my size, instead of braving the metric system to figure out my shoe size in Israel, I decided to play by different rules and just ask for the biggest size possible. And, you guesed it, he brought a 41 and it was too small. I struggled into it, even removed my socks, but no luck. So, I gave them my best disappointed face and suggested that they start making shoes in a size (gasp) 42, which I assumed would fit me. I’m sure it’ll happen. I hear the phone ringing now with the announcement.
When I got home, I wanted to double check what size I would be and found an online shoe size converter chart from US sizes to Israeli or European sizes at about.com. From the chart, it seems that the whole world agrees with Gazith and the Malha mall, and women with a size 10 should just stay in the US because they are not welcome in shoe stores across Europe or Israel – the chart stops after size 9!
I came to the conclusion that being tall is beautiful, but having feet that balance your height is unacceptable.
I’ll leave you with a few heartfelt words on the subject from a comedian that I newly discovered, Demetri Martin
I was in a shoe store and the guys call me boss, and I said, Ya, can i just get those sneakers in a 10? And uh, he said, Okay and then he went down stairs. He came back and he said, I dont have a 10, I have a 9. Oh great, because while you were downstairs, my toes were severed off. So that works out. Normally it would be stupid for you to tell me a number different than the one I said, cause it goes with my body part. But given my very recent accident, youre right on. Ill take the 9s and a pile of band-aids, thank you. Youre re-hired cause youre a genius.
He even used my exact size. What are the chances?!