Shoes are the secret to happiness

2008-03-27 00:00

I realised I had a problem when I had a recurring dream about one particular pair of shoes. My name is Kgomotso Matsunyane, and I’m a shoe addict.

It’s not like I can’t be allowed loose in a mall on my own or that I buy shoes at every available moment and for no apparent reason, it’s just that when I see a really beautiful pair of shoes that seems to have been crafted especially for my little size threes, all rationale leaves my mostly sensible brain and I’m left salivating like Pavlov’s pooches.

On my way to New York last November, I was in a tortuous six-hour transit at Heathrow, which is a great airport for shopping purposes. A lot of retail damage can be done in six hours, but I resisted all looming temptation with a promise of something wonderful when I got to New York.

As I was walking around killing time I walked into a shoe shop, my attention arrested by a pair of black patent classic pumps by Kurt Geiger simply to die for. I looked at the price and did a quick rand/pound conversion that left me in mini-convulsions.

I wouldn’t even try them on I was so good. Let it go, K, let it go. And I did. But the shoes refused to let me go.

A dream deferred.

Five days later I was having the shoe dream, again. On my way back home the transit at the airport was 10 very long, painful hours. It sucks to fly cattle class.

I suppose I could have left the airport and gone into town, but a debilitating cold and a case of conjunctivitis left me in no mood to face the miserable English weather. So round and round the terminal I went.

The shoes were still there.

I asked for my size. They fitted like a glove. I loved the way they made me feel, the way they made my calves more pronounced and added at least five (much needed) centimetres to my height. In these shoes, I’m a total 10, completely babelicious.

My eyes were suddenly not so itchy anymore. My heart pulsated like a child’s on Christmas Eve. I had to have them. So I whipped out the plastic and with a “I deserve it, dammit”, the transaction was concluded.

These boots are made for walking Last week the scene repeated itself in Rotterdam when I came across a pair of matte brown original Sancho biker boots. What could I say but, “Yes, baby, come to mama.”

I insisted on wearing them out of the shop. You know, why delay happiness? I was insufferable as I proudly paraded my shoes in front of everyone who made the mistake of making eye contact with me.

So as you can see I clearly believe in the power of shoes to make you happy. As my friend Sumo would say, “Don’t judge me”. We all have our little quirks and I just happen to share mine in a spectacularly public fashion.

Word has it that Jimmy Choo has just opened a shop at the Waterfront in Cape Town. The cheapest pair is apparently R3 500 and the most expensive R13 000. Modimo, that’s a bloody bond instalment.

And that’s where I draw the line, so I’ll be staying away from the Waterfront, for now. But if you ever see me strutting my stuff in some Jimmy Choos, you’ll know who won the Lotto that week.

• Kgomotso Matsunyane is a partner at Tom Pictures, an award-winning TV and film company in Johannesburg.

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