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Judged: Sisterhood Of The Traveling Louboutins

Walk in my shoes. Walk in the Louboutins I bought to celebrate my life. IMG_6911

I rarely wore heels with my husband. I never wore stilettos. Now, I want to have a presence in the world that says I survived, I will persevere, I will not be knocked down nor held down by what life has dealt me. @califmom and @thebloggess

And the women who try on my shoes, and there have been many, they get that same look in their eyes, that look of confidence, joy, something magical—from a pair of shoes. They stand taller, look prouder, can’t believe they’ve done it.

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Shallow? Yes. Judge us? Go ahead. We’re used to being judged.

I get judged for everything. I get judged for the clothes I wear, what I feed my kids, when I feed them, what’s in my refrigerator at any given time, what my children wear, what hours I’m home or not home, my travel schedule, my friends, my iPhone usage, my internet habits, my sleep patterns, my garden, the content of the obituary I wrote, how I carried myself at the funeral, whether I cry enough, my financial habits, whether I write enough about how much I loved my husband, my parenting, my mental health, and on and on and on.

So, judge my shoes. They can take it. So can I. I obviously put up with far worse.

And if you see me wearing my Loubi’s, don’t be afraid to ask to try them on. I will always say yes. I want you to know what it feels like to stand tall.

If you have a picture of yourself in my shoes, add it to the flickr group I created for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Louboutins:

Reader Comments (34)

I judge this to be a great blog :)
August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTony Letts
I'm licking your shoe...does that count? I don't think we took a pic of me wearing them.

LOVE this post with a white hot passion.

Let 'em judge.
August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTina Cruz
Where's the pic of YOU in those shoes??? I bet you rock them.
August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda
My big canoe feet and I didn't try on your shoes - in part because I was trying not to break my head open (kind of a klutz, I am).

But no judging here. The people who care about you want you To have happy moments. To celebrate life.
August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Radness. I've never been a heels girl, but for a photo...

Bless you. Keep on keepin' on. XOXO
August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl_Pal
I love SO many of your posts, but this just may be one of my very favorites.

You continue to be an amazing inspiration. Never forget that you have legions of people behind you.

"Walk on, walk onWhat you got they can't steal it,No they can't even feel itWalk on, walk on..."
August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGatsbylives
You... are... amazing!!!
August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi Kohz
August 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterswayingdawn
They don't fit my narrow feet, and you know that this really tall girl hardly ever wears heels, but after you got 'em, I was inspired to buy a pair of Cole Haan's with a 3.5" heel, evidently in case I need to be taller than 6'4". I have no idea when I'll wear them, but I love them and feel like a goddess when I put them on. Maybe we should have a Tall Girls in Heels Night Out.
August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa
Did not get a chance to meet you at BlogHer, though I saw you rocking the Loubi's at the bathroom party with Bloggess. Love this post!
August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrutalism
Freaking love this and love you Leah!

Walk tall, tall girl....the taller the better!!
August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon
I think I have a pic in my phone, I'll have to send it to you.
August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Grace
Love! You keep on walkin'!
August 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkatrina
I'd be down. Who judges you for this? Screw 'em.
August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMolly
Oh, I get judged for wearing heels...tall-girl that I am (we are.) So you go with your bad self! Those shoes are awesome...
August 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermrschaos
Uck, I'm sorry club membership is fulfilling its, uh, promise. Blech.

OTOH, oh the shoes! I want some shoes. Oh my, oh my. Do they hurt? (Must I ask?)

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSupa Dupa Fresh
They do not, in fact, hurt. Part of their awesomeness.
August 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercalifmom
I had no idea it was an option to wear your shoes! I totally would have done it! Bummed I missed out, 'cause those things are HOT.
August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLara
Love this post! Leah, I found your blog today via Jay's wall post. I lost my husband on Apr 19--a day after you lost yours--to a rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. I'm sorry we are sisters in this experience, but am inspired by your fearless attitude. Sending hugs, H.
August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHa Richmond
Strange, small world, isn't it?
August 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercalifmom
You - and your shoes - are awesome.
August 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterterry
Thank you.
August 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercalifmom
Dammit. I seriously need to move to California. I really need an emotional boost right now.
August 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpamela
I wanna try then on!!!!!!!
August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

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