A look Inside a Shoe-Addict’s “Shoe Vault” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ilene Ross   
Sunday, 17 April 2011 06:24

A look Inside a Shoe-Addict’s “Shoe Vault”
The Cincy Chic Show producer and co-host lets us take a peek inside her shoe stash. Check out her couture collection that’s been 30 years in the making and at 300 pairs (and counting).

As the producer/co-host of the new Cincy Chic Show, my goal is to never wear the same pair of shoes twice. This means I’m going to be around for a really long time.

The first time I remember falling head over heels (no pun intended) for a pair of shoes, was about 30 years ago on a shopping spree with my best friend Susan. The moment we walked in the door of the shop, that cheeky little pair caught my eye. Hot pink, strappy and heels that would no doubt take my 5’7” frame easily over the 6’ mark. My exclamation of “Tie me up and beat me, I’m in love with those shoes!” startled the shopkeeper and other patrons. But Susan, my only living shopaholic equal, completely understood: An obsession was born.

Fast forward 30 years to a collection topping the 300+ number. For legal reasons, (legal being my husband finding out the real number) I refuse to divulge the actual figure. But quite frankly, I’m not positively certain myself. You see, there are shoes crammed everywhere in my home.

1209KROMBHOLZ.gif First of all, we have the shoe vault. This is where the crème de la crème are lovingly ensconced in their comfortable little cubbies. The Manolos, the Choos, the Louboutins, Chanels, Pradas etc., all carefully caressed by soft dust jackets and boxes. A sign on the door of the shoe vault says it all, “One shoe can change your life,” Cinderella.

Two more walk-ins hold the everyday workhorses, your Banana Republics, BCBGs, Steve Maddens, Nine Wests, Michael Kors, UGGS and the lot. And lest you think I’m a shoe snob, think again. A closet in the spare room holds the more pedestrian of the bunch, such as Gap and Old Navy, all gleaned at the outlet store down by the airport in Kentucky. If you haven’t been there, it’s a bargain hunters dream, but that’s a whole other story.
You see, I’m an equal opportunity shoe whore. Cheap and chic, or first class and fabulous, I will have them.

I do have to say though that the more expensive and well made the shoe, the more comfortable it usually is. “Have I snuck shoes into the house?” No comment. “Where do I buy my shoes?” Anyplace, anytime. I’ve bought shoes all over the world, but my best shoe shopping trip has been to Las Vegas in January. Their after Christmas sales are amazing, and all of the designer shops and high end department stores are on the same block. A shoe lover’s paradise!

But let’s be honest, ladies, the real reason we all love shoes is size, right? We can go up or down in body shape, but for the most part our feet stay the same. If we’ve spent the weekend indulging in chocolate cake and cocktails, we can always buy a new (or 6) pair of shoes.

I’m honored to be a new member of the Cincy Chic family, with its Fabushoe Friday, and our new Cincy Chic Show where we can all lust over luscious footwear together. Because as I always say, until someone comes up with a 12 step program, I’m always going to be a charter member of the Imelda Marcos fan club!

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Ilene Ross is a staff writer and the producer for the "Cincy Chic Show." E-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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