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Whose Shoes These Are I Think I Know / The Store’s in the West Village Though

Not too long ago I summed up a Penguin preview that featured a YA novel’s cover.  Here is the cover in particular:

And though I am not a shoe person by nature, I suddenly foudn that I had to have those pumps.  Adorable doesn’t even begin to cover them.  But where would I go?  Short of tracking down the Art Designer and insisting they tell me, of course (no use making this easy on myself).

Well magnificent Queens librarian Lori Ess, who should really have a blog of her own because she is fabulous, did some detective work on my behalf.  She writes:


Sooooo, I’m a big dork.  And I also thought those shoes on the cover of Geek Charming were glorious too.  So I employed my super librarian powers of investigation….  And I couldn’t find them.  BUT, I found some similar lookingish ones.

A little more ladylike @ Nordstrom:

Very 30’s @ Nordstrom:

Foxy @ Guess:

Actually Affordable meets Kinda Trashy @ Endless:


(sorry, but that’s as big as the picture gets)

Lori was clearly on the right track, but as I am sure you have noted, it’s the color of those shoes that’s part of their charm.  I searched a little on my own, but all I could come up with was a lamentable:

Close but no cigar. 


Finally I cracked.  I asked author Robin Palmer if she knew what they were.  She didn’t, but she put me in touch with Kristin Smith who told me that she’d found the shoes in a Century 21 in Brooklyn.  Huh!  Story gets weirder.  She sent me this link, identifying the shoes and showing this little puppy to the left here.  Apparently the shoes I’ve been lusting after all this time come from a Jessica Simpson line.  They’re called "Olden" sandals.  And to think I would ever want anything at all to do with Ms. Simpson.  *sigh*

Happy ending, Ms. Smith showed me the image below and there they are.  The shoes.  Now I must locate them online for purchase in some manner.  Until then, mystery solved.  Slap your hands together, you are done.

Jessica Simpson Blue Flower Shoes by sara858.

Next week, my attempt to find the sweater featured on the cover of The Ruby Key.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. I feel as if I am living on another planet. I just don’t have the shoe gene.


  2. Oh, WOW. Those… are…. ADORABLE….!!!!!
    My post-Thanksgiving goal is to not be a hater or anything, but I’m a little mad at you for getting all the cool shoes. I’m just sayin. Even though you had to, like, WORK for these. They are just too cute.

  3. R.J. Anderson says:

    I also lack the shoe gene, and dare not wear heels over 1″ anyway, for fear of imperiling my health and the safety of everyone around me. That being said, those shoes are completely delightful and I bet they will look smashing on you if you ever find them. Good luck!

  4. Dan Santat says:

    Wow, as a male and observing from a distance this was an amazing observation of the female psyche and their passion for shoes regardless of your claim of not being a shoe person. It’s like you just had your own Black Friday all online.

  5. your neighborhood librarian says:

    Century 21 is one of the things I miss most about NYC. Hey and while you’re at it, could you find me my Double-H brand Scooter boot? The cat destroyed the last pair. Happy thanksgiving!

  6. Huh! It is Black Friday isn’t it? Honest-to-goodness I wrote this piece about a week ago and set it up to post tonight. Lucky timing.

  7. Bets, this just goes to show that it really IS all about who you know. I feel so complete now that the mystery is solved. Now we have to coordinate a matching shoe day!

  8. Lisa Graff says:

    I like the purplies second to the last the best. And Jessica Simpson actually does make fabulous shoes. Sigh is right.

  9. etnies trainers UK says:

    gorgeous shoes, but i like most second red shoe………….red is my favorite color.