The New York Times reports today that shoe sales are up despite the economy.
Shoe sales rose 7.9 percent in October year-over-year and 7.8 percent for September compared with last September, according to figures the Times obtained from SpendingPulse, a MasterCard service.
Retailers and experts offered up a variety of theories about the increase: Shoes have to be replaced so they are an easier purchase to justify; shoes are more fun to buy than jeans (amen!); fall fashions demand many styles of boots.
Whatever the reason, now that I know everyone is doing it, I plan to do my part to get the economy back on its well-shod feet.
I'm headed out to shop this weekend, and may even be brave enough to try an over-the-knee style, now that I know how to wear them.
Now read up on somewhere you may not be seeing heels.