The Devil Is In The Details Of Your Life Shoe

by Sherry Riter in Lessons of Life,Self-Development  

I’m sure you’ve probably heard the phrase, “The devil is in the details.” If not, it means that you should pay attention to the details and do whatever you are doing thoroughly. It gives credence to the importance of details in a task.

Let’s take a moment and look at a few shoes.

The Details In Shoes

dolce gabbana wing tip oxford 2

The Dolce & Gabbana Black Wing Tip Oxford is a beautiful shoe, but it is also quite expensive. It feels like Heaven on your foot. I know you are saying, “You do not wear men’s shoes, so how do you know what they feel like on your foot?” Well…because I’ve tried them on and walked around in them! I’m sure that the magnificent seven will have something to say about me trying on men’s shoes, but I used to actually wear…No, that is another story for another day. You will just have to believe me that these shoes are very comfortable.

So getting back on track…Why is this shiny man’s shoe $695.00?

It is all because of the details.

Look at the Dolce & Gabbana Cap Toe Chelsea Black Boot.

mens shoe details dolce gabbana

Every stitch is the same length and width. The stitching up the side by the ankle is in even rows and they are straight. The double stitching across the toe is also even. The leather is shiny and without any flaws. The edges do not have any loose threads or fraying. No glue, nails or staples can be seen. It is well constructed, designed and implemented.

The boot is gorgeous.

Now let’s looks at a pair of Valentino Lace Pump Red Heels.

red valentino lace pump heels

If you have ever sewn with lace, you can attest to the fact that lace will crinkle, tear and fray easily. However, these heels show no signs of a crinkle, tear or fray anywhere. As a matter of fact, the lace and satin are smooth. There aren’t any loose threads sticking out. No glue, nails or staples can be seen on the inside of the shoe or the outside of the shoe. The bow loops are even. The stitches are the same length and are straight, even up the back of the heel.

The heels are gorgeous.

Let’s look at one more pair of shoes. This is the Gucci Redon Longwing Brown Loafer.

gucci redon longwing loafer shoe men

Like the previous three pairs of shoes, the stitching is straight and the sames size. No glue, nails or staples can be seen and the leather is without flaws. The leather tassels are constructed of the same size pieces and the ends are not bent or frayed. Also notice that all the dots are in two different sizes – only two sizes. There are not odd shaped circles anywhere on the shoes.

The loafer is gorgeous.

Not only are all three pair of shoes gorgeous, there has been an attention to the details in their construction. That kind of craftsmanship requires time by someone who knows what they are doing and cares about the end product.  

“Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.”
~ Hunter S. Thompson ~

Obviously, these shoes are well constructed because there is a constant attention to detail. This is one of the reasons why the designers can demand such a high price for their shoes.

Are Details Really That Important?

Let’s look at another shoe.

red womans high heel shoe 2

Isn’t it just so pretty? I mean look at how shiny the red satin is and the big flower bows on the side are really cute. Even if those things didn’t grab your attention, how can you resist the big heart on the bottom of the sole?

Is this a gorgeous shoe? Did you notice the price is only $76.49? Aren’t you impressed?

Well, to be fair to the designer shoes, let’s take a really close inspection of this shoe.

red womans high heel shoe

Do you see what I see?

  • There is stitching coming undone at the back of the heel.
  • The stitching down the back of the shoe is pulling the satin and making it wrinkle.
  • Glue is obvious at the top of the heel where it connects to the body of the shoe.
  • There is a loose thread on the flower bows.
  • There is a gap and glue showing where the sole connects to the body of the shoe.
  • There is fraying satin at the base of the tip of the heel.

Can you see the difference?

red womens high heel shoes

Now what do you think about the less expensive pair of satin red high heels?

I think the lack of attention to detail is a big turnoff. The fact that there are so many things wrong with the shoe leads me to believe that it won’t last long. A high attention to details means quality and this shoe did not have someone spend quality time focusing on putting it together with skill and pride.

What If Your Life Was A Shoe?

One of the reasons that I spend so much time on my blog is because I want it to reflect that I care about the quality of the posts, the details in the layout of the blog and the message that it offers to all those who read it. I have always been a details freak. Having PTSD has really quite literally messed with my mind and made it very hard to concentrate on the details of my life, my home, my job, my relationships, my blog and myself. But I’m not about to give up this duel with PTSD. I want my details-freak-attitude back, so I keep on trying and praying to get my old self back.

Overall, what if your life was a shoe? Have you paid attention to the details? How would your “life shoe” appear? Would it be something that you would be proud to show off to everyone? You know, you are the master of your “life shoe”. You are in charge of every part of the construction. If you don’t like the way your “life shoe” is starting to look, only you can change it.

I may be struggling and sometimes I really would love to just give up, but when I finally get to the end some day, I want my life shoe to look really beautiful. I want everyone to remember me as someone who tried hard to lead a good life. I really want to leave behind a good “life shoe” that looks something like the Gucci Crystal Embellished Platform Pump.

Ahhhhh, yes. THAT is a great “life shoe.”

Gucci Crystal Embellished Platform Pump 2


“Every man’s life ends the same way.
It is only the details of how he lived
and how he died that
distinguish one man from another.”
~ Ernest Hemingway ~


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Skip_D June 5, 2012 at 1:35 am

Wow! What a wonderful post! What a great metaphor for life.

The Hemingway quote reminds me of my favorite stanza from the epic Norse poem, Hávamál (Words of the High One):

Deyr fé, deyja fraendr,
Deyr sjálfr et sama;
Ek veit einn, at aldri deyr:
Dómr um dauðan hvern.

Cattle die, kindred die,
You yourself shall die;
One thing I know that never dies:
The remembered deeds of men.

The life shoe that you are so carefully cobbling will be well worth remembering – in fact, it clearly is already.


2 The Redhead Riter June 5, 2012 at 2:08 am

Thank you so much, Skip, for your kind words. I’m still amazed at the billions of languages you speak. I may have exaggerated that number by a few, but it sure feels like you know a billion! You simply amaze me!


3 Lisa June 5, 2012 at 6:21 am

What a great analogy here today. If I only I could afford that shoe life 🙂 But it does stop and make one think about their work and their life’s meaning day to day.


4 The Redhead Riter June 5, 2012 at 8:34 am

Your shoe life is whatever you want it to be, Lisa. Dream big!


5 Sue June 5, 2012 at 10:57 am

You are already a Gucci in my book.


6 The Redhead Riter June 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Awwww…You are so sweet, Sue. Thank you.


7 Susanne June 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I absolutely love Ernest! Not only did he create a shoe of incredible quality, but it was one that was incredibly unique. Most importantly, he did not care what others thought of the process he utilized in manufacturing his shoe. Herein lies his greatness. I would like to make my lovely perfect shoe my own way…the best way I can. No comparisons, no judgements. I have spent too much time attempting to make the same shoe as everyone else. No wonder it didn’t fit…lol. Btw, first time I’ve heard this expression. I like it! Bye for now…


8 The Redhead Riter June 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm

It is the only time you’ve heard the expression because I made it up! LOL


9 mom June 5, 2012 at 8:26 pm

This is a great post!!!!!!!!! I want the crystal shoes, not so that I can wear them though, I want to set them on a shelf and dream!


10 The Redhead Riter June 6, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Thanks, Mom. I’m glad you enjoyed it.


11 Roy L. Murry June 6, 2012 at 8:17 am

Great shoe expo.
From The Audubon Caper – “As always, his black Gucci loafers were polished to a bright metallic shine…I looked at my scuffed shoes and reminded myself to shine them at the first chance.” ” The shined shoes make the man,” Forest would say.

Your articles and shoes are shinning lady. Nice to know you.


12 The Redhead Riter June 6, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Thanks for visiting and for your compliment.


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