Today, I just finished sorting out the stuff we had washed, cleaned and disinfected after the flood. It was a painstaking task to do, and I was quite half-hearted to do it because it takes me back to the time when I opened up my closet and saw the havoc that flood had wreaked. But we must move on, salvage the ones that can be saved and let go of the ones that can't be.
As I mentioned before, I love shoes. I spent a significant amount of my earnings buying shoes and being the packrat that I am, they kind of piled up over the years. I can't let go of them, unless they are just blatantly unusable. So you can just imagine the horror and the heartbreak the minute I opened the shoe cabinet, went through my shoe rack (or what's left of it) and saw what has happened to my precious collection.
ALL of my shoes were covered in mud. Those that were in the shoe cabinet have been immersed, submerged, and floating in flood water for about 3-5 hours. Those that I had placed on my shoe rack (the recently used ones) had either drifted off as the water receded or had floated around the premises of our house and our yard. I washed all of them, disinfected them with Lysol and did an inventory. Some were missing a pair, some were not in bad shape, just muddy, while some needed to be put down. (ouch)
After the washing, disinfecting and drying process, I had to sort them out. And this is what happened to some of my precious babies...
|damage at the heel part >.<|
My favorite (and only) pair of red flats >.<" It's all tattered up and the sole is flapping. Just by the look of it, yeah... It's time to say goodbye to it. Sayonara, my dearest Scarlet shoe... T.T
My Rosebud Step-In Sandals ;'( The leather on the flower and leaf design had chipped off and you can see the obvious cracking at the front. I had to let go of this one too *sigh*
This is the biggest upset of all.... My most treasured pair of heels. I only got to wear them twice or thrice, and have been taking good care of it, placing it in it's box and waiting for another chance to strut them around. It's made of suede and if you look closely, the suede has faded, the sole and the peep-toe part have detatched themselves from the inner lining. I dunno if it can still be repaired, but I'm pre-conditioning myself that this is the gruesome death of my beloved heels.
50/50 CHANCE OF SURVIVAL
These two aren't badly damaged, they were also immersed and submerged in flood water, but thank God the soles and the lining did not separate BUT since they're made of cloth, they shrank *crycry*. My sis reckons maybe if I wore them more often, they would eventually expand back to their original size. I just HOPE they do....
GLIMMER OF HOPE
My stilletos! I saw this floating in the water, still inside its box, drifting out of our house so I made a very brave attempt to fish it out from the water and pull it up to the roof where we were holed up.
My gladiator sandals... I bought this in Hong Kong two years ago and carries quite a sentimental value. This one is my most used and abused pair since it matches most of my outfits. I'm so happy I was able to salvage this.
My Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club wedges, also bought in Hong Kong. Again, one of my favorite pair of wedge shoes, and same with my brown glads, I have quite an affection for this pair and has been with me to all of my travels because they're quite comfy and matches most of my outfits.
My khaki-coloured wedge gladiators. I bought this recently at a night market and I only used it a couple of times.
So I guess yeah, to sum it up, I shouldn't feel so bad. Sure, there may have been casualties, either badly damaged beyond repair or missing a pair, but at least I still have a few pairs left. The ones that survived will have to do. I mean, there's nothing I can do but accept what's in front of me. Life goes on, and there are more shoes out there waiting to grace my feet.
Have a happy weekend, my dear readers. (^.^)v