Sorry, this is a long post...just want you guys to get a full sense of my pain :s Just 2 weeks ago, I bought my first LV at the boutique, a damier speedy 30. I've been using it regularly, but since I usually travel by car, I did not really carry it extensively. Yesterday, however, I went for a long day of shopping (i.e. 3-7 PM) in NYC (which requires all walking), and I had an impossible time with my speedy! At first, I had it in the crook of my arm, but that requires my forearm to be "up," thus causing more and more tension as I started adding items into the bag. It wasn't that many items, really - I picked up the new Lucky magazine, a bottle of water, then some new leggings and socks, in addition to my wallet. But it was heavy enough that I couldn't really hold it in the crook my arm for long....so I tried putting my hand in my pocket, so that the handles would sit somewhere in the middle of my forearm, but after some time of that weight hanging off (and digging into) the middle of my forearm, I decided to just hold it by hand. Doing everything with only one free hand is impossible; in order to open up the wallets I was looking at, rifle through racks of clothes, try to judge how wide a piece of clothing is and trying to decide whether it'll fit, or even stirring my frappacino - it all required the use of two hands! so i found myself constantly having to slide the bag into the crook of my arm while doing these things, and feeling too pained by it to truly enjoy whatever I was doing. Throughout the whole day, I found myself switching from hand to hand, crook of one arm to the other, and finally just trying to find somewhere clean on the counter of the shop to rest my bag while I examined something closely. The whole experience was just so...AHHH!!! This morning I woke up with pain in both my shoulders and arms. I feel very sad, because just looking at my speedy while it's resting, I still drool over how stunning it is, but I'm starting to feel like it's just not very practical. Am I missing something here..? Is the speedy meant to act like a "trophy" bag, in which it should only be filled to 30% capacity and thus easily carried around? But this bag is so big! I thought its size to be so practical - is it only for decoration then? How do you all deal with your speedies when you need both hands? I can't even imagine not being able to freely use both of your hands while you're doing something, unless it's just walking. I don't know what to think. I'm so tempted to exchange it for a shoulder bag, but I just can't bear to part with such a gorgeous bag. What do you guys think? Am I just missing something here?