For centuries, women have paid a significant amount of attention to the decoration of their feet. From pre-revolutionary China to postmodern America, the adornment of a woman’s foot has been a global priority. Like my predecessors (and contemporaries), I feel the need to adorn my feet in as many different ways as possible, thus my obsession with shoes. However, the graceful adornment of feet is a costly enterprise and, as the budget fashionista, I shy away from anything with the word “costly” attached to it. Drawn to retail establishments where I can participate in the cultural right to adorn my feet in the latest fashions, I am equally as drawn to maintaining my bank account.