Lee Ann Monfredini

Life is Short. Buy the Shoes.

Not long ago, my dear friend bought me a small pillow with this message and a card that said “I told you that you should have bought the shoes the first time you tried them on.” She was right.

Shoes are a great accessory. You can buy them in all colors, find them in all heel heights, they can even be flats or sandals. Women of all sizes love to buy shoes. In fact, we just love to try them on. It’s not like grabbing 14 bathing suits off the rack and then sobbing in the dressing room as you try them on.

Shoe shopping is an absolute pleasure. You wander through the department, pick up a few pair that are about a Size 2, then sit down and someone actually waits on you. A few minutes later, that same person returns with boxes of shoes, and you begin the adventure. But back to the friend story…

Once upon a time, on a trip to New York, I tried on the most perfect pair of high-end black and white leather sneakers. They fit perfectly, looked fabulous and I fell madly in love with yet another pair of shoes. But after seeing the matching high-end price tag, I took a deep breath, turned to my traveling partner and said “There must be a great pair of shoes just like this for a much less. We’re in New York City. There are hundreds of shoe stores here!”

And so began a two-day quest as we trekked in and out of every major department store, shoe boutique and specialty store we could find, looking for the elusive Better Deal. But, of course, there was no such thing. There was not one other pair of shoes that looked that good or felt so comfortable.

It’s important to note that the dear friend in this story has been in my tribe for 30 years and, consequently, has developed extraordinary patience. So, at the end of the second day, we stopped for a late bite and cocktail (a very “Sex and the City” kind of thing), and in the middle of talking about World Peace and Third World Hunger, my trusted friend leaned in and said “Tomorrow morning after breakfast we are going back to that store and you are buying those expensive shoes you loved. Are we clear?” And I said “Crystal.”

But you know where this is going. We walked into the super-expensive shoe store with great anticipation – and my wonderful shoes were gone! Another women who wore my size had tried them on and loved them just as much, but was smart enough to buy them while I was out tromping around trying to find the cheaper version.

So the moral of the story is the title of the blog: Life is Short. Buy the Shoes.

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Lee Ann Monfredini

Lee Ann Monfredini

A graduate of the University of San Francisco with a degree in Management, Lee Ann Monfredini has not only served on the boards and executive teams of some of the most respected health and social organizations in the Bay Area, but also become a one of the most respected agents in the real estate market. With more than $100 million of successful home sales under her belt, she’s living proof that personal expertise and insightful perspective can provide any client with a competitive advantage.

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