Lovely story and I really enjoyed reading your post and looking at your photos.
I share the same dilemma as I do not own any CLs yet. I really want a pair but I have the same thoughts. (About shoes being on the floor, but bags are carried, therefore lasting longer)
I am going to Paris later this year and am thinking about taking the plunge then. Any words of wisdom would be appreciated! Hehe.
I would say, just go for it. It's going to happen sooner than later. :P Make sure your first piece is special. Special to me was the Bow Bow. Special to you may be a grand shoe that will draw eyes or may be a simple classic that you can wear day or night. Many TPFers choose to start with a simple black or neutral pump. Also take comfort into account! Pigalles for me are not too comfortable, but they look amazing so I can accept their pinch. If you value comfort more, there are tons of other styles you can look at.
Shoes, though they may not last as long as bags, seem to hold up pretty well on its own. And the feeling you get when you wear CLs is similar the specialness I feel when carrying nicer bags haha. Plus my DBF is happy that shoes cost 1/4 the price :P
Please help me welcome my new shoes! Number 6 now I think! :P
This pair was more a a quick thought purchase and my very first pair of ostrich pumps. I normally like "sexier" silhouettes like Pigalles with the thin tall heel, but went for them anyway. They are incredibly comfortable! I went TTS for this (unlike the general consensus to size up) and they fit perfectly. I guess I got lucky or this shoe and I were meant to be!
Presenting my #6, a brand new Decollete 868 in Bronze Ostrich! I never liked ostrich because of the "pimply" look lol but it adds a beautiful texture to the shoe! Can't wait to wear this baby out to dinner tomorrow!