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Honey, It's All in the Shoes: Celebrating the Footsteps of the Contemporary Woman Paperback – June 1, 2009


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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; 1 Original edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757307574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757307577
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A leading figure in the publishing industry, Phyllis Norton Hoffman is majority owner and president of Hoffman Media, LLC. A native of Hoover, Alabama and a graduate of the University of Alabama in Birmingham, she began her career as a Certified Public Accountant with a nationally known firm before founding a special-interest publication company in 1983 that is now known as Hoffman Media, LLC.

Hoffman is recognized industry-wide as a savvy businesswoman and talented entrepreneur. She serves as the creative engine of the company, producing an ever-widening range of beautiful magazines including TeaTime, Southern Lady, Just CrossStitch, Sew Beautiful, and Taste of the South magazines. She is also a sought-after speaker across the country, a devoted mother and a church and community leader. Visit hoffmanmedia.com.

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In fact, all the other gifts from Santa have faded into fuzzy memories at best, but my first pair of high heels? Those I remember.

They were the most beautiful things I had ever seen; they were those plastic high heels that came in a dress-up kit for little women in training. I know you remember them too! Every little girl in America got that present at some point, at Christmas or for a birthday, perhaps. Oh, remember? They were always pink or silver, spiky little mules with elastic bands to hold them on your feet, and little princesses in waiting, prom queens in the making, movie star hopefuls, and future brides all loved them. They always came packaged with a matching tiara and a set of Pop Beads in a coordinating color. For those of you who are clueless to the magic of Pop Beads, they are the most fabulous piece of costume jewelry ever invented. Still made today, Pop Beads (also called Snap Beads) are strands of plastic pearl-shaped beads that snap together and snap apart so that you can change the length at will, or even make a necklace and matching bracelet. Wouldn't it be great if you could do that today with real pearls? The beads, the bejeweled tiara, and those wonderful plastic shoes were the perfect ensemble for a young girl like me, who was already dreaming of her future, one in which I would be swept off my feet in my queen's crown, my Pop Beads, and the most glamorous shoes ever designed.

And how deliciously deceptive those heels were! They looked so innocent and pretty in the package, but they were misery to wear. I'm not sure which suffered more that Christmas, my dignity or my ankles, because I must have fallen a thousand times trying to walk in them. In reality, they couldn't have been more than an inch or two high, but I felt like I was standing on skyscrapers. Up I'd stand and down I'd go, arms flapping wildly like nothing so much as a duck trying to take flight from the water's surface. I'd tell you about the bruises I got in certain places, but polite Southern ladies don't talk about such things in mixed company. Despite the ups and downs, I kept at it. Bruised ego and other, er, parts notwithstanding, I wanted for all the world to strut around in those shoes like a proper young lady. Teetering around two inches off the ground, I got a glimpse of what lay ahead for me as a young woman, and frankly, I wasn't exactly over the moon about it. Part of me, the bruised part of me, thought 'if this is being a girl, I'm out!' Those shoes had looked so wonderful, but wearing them? That was a different matter. But as women learn, even at the most tender of ages, I discovered that once you step into certain shoes, they're yours and there's no turning back.
Now, my baby sister Janice had her own pair of 'practice heels' and, in true fashion, she took to them like she'd been born in them. But Janice is more of a 'pink' girl, while I'm more of a 'red' girl. Pink girls like ribbons and bows and lacy dresses; red girls love tailored dresses, sleek lines, and sometimes being a tomboy. But we share a common ground; we are like salt and pepper. Pink is the soft, vulnerable side of red and red is the adventurous, daring side of pink, and as I grow older, I'm discovering more of my pink side as I go. But when I was stumbling around in those princess heels as a young girl, I wasn't strutting around like I owned the world. I was struggling just to walk across the room! I wanted to take them off, sling them aside, put on my tennis shoes, and go play baseball with the boys.

But just as my need and love for shoes is innate, so then was my courage and my willingness to consider or at least pretend to be a little less 'red' and a little more 'pink.' I decided I had better embrace femininity, because what choice did I have really? I can tell you that the day I asked for a tube of lipstick instead of a football, my mother was overjoyed. That was in my junior high years, and being feminine started to seem more attractive and feel more natural, which, though exciting, also took a little extra courage on my part. Like every 'tween,' all I really wanted was to blend into the wallpaper as I struggled with the inevitable physical and emotional changes that come with maturing. But I stood head and shoulders over the petite little Barbie doll girls in my class, so fading into the background was impossible. I decided to just go ahead and jump in feet first. I told my mother I thought it was time for my first pair of grown-up heels, and once I warmed up to the idea, I started to feel flutters of excitement about trying them out and showing them off.


©2009. Phyllis Hoffman. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Honey, It's All in the Shoes. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442


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This sort of thing happens all through the book.
C. Luckie
"Honey, it's all in the shoes" is a wonderful ride along the different life paths of Phyllis Hoffman DePiano.
Christy K. Truitt
Phyliss Hoffman writes a very open book of essays that I enjoyed very much.
Tess Rose

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Luckie on December 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
I love shoes so this title really caught my attention. Also, the author is the editor of one of my favorite magazines. With all this going for it, I thought I was in for a good read but I was quite disappointed. The idea is a good one but the writing does not do it justice. The story does not flow well and I felt like I was going back and forth with the ideas. For example, in Chapter 7 the author begins with an explanation of the "little black shoe" in comparison to the "little black dress." She goes on to tell about her first grown-up black heels; then she discusses her first black patent leather Mary Janes for her first day of school; then she goes back to the grown-up shoes. This sort of thing happens all through the book. My college composition professor would have put red marks all over this and would have explained that the flow of the story was totally off. I also felt like the author repeated herself quite often, just changing the words a little bit. I would not recommend this book to anyone unless you want to learn a little history about shoes that is dispersed throughout the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 4, 2009
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I've never considered myself a shoe person. Now, don't get me wrong, I like shoes and have a wide variety to choose from, but choosing from work or play, weekend or dressier seems pretty limited compared to the variety in some people's closets!

Even with my (relative) lack of shoe choices I found Honey, It's All in the Shoes a delightful read. Hoffman tells her stories of everything from business to family with relation to her shoes and the result is a fun and entertaining read. Hoffman is always upbeat and her words are often inspirational as well.

Each chapter ends with a mini history lesson about either a style of shoe, or about a famous person and their love of shoes. This was a wonderful way to end each story and I actually ended up learning a lot! I would recommend Honey, It's All in the Shoes to shoe lovers and memoir lovers alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tess Rose on July 10, 2009
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Phyliss Hoffman writes a very open book of essays that I enjoyed very much. Many women will be able to relate to the various life experiences related in these essays. A quick and enjoyable read.
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The author tells her life story by describing the shoes that the wore at special events in her life. The book is sprinkled with shoe quotes. I also love that the book has little articles about the history of famous shoes (i.e. Queen Elizabeth's shoes, Dorothy's Rubie Slippers, even the history of bronzing baby shoes, to name a few). This book is a super quick read and would make a perfect gift for any girl who is all about shoes. Highly recommended.
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By Tiffany P. Locke on March 23, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Great book! Being a shoe lover myself I found this book funny, honest, uplifting and full of encouragement of how we as women can put on our shoes and deal with what life throws at us.
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