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April 11, 2018


Annette Dashofy

Hank, thanks so much for having me here on Femmes Fatales again! Actually, those red shoes are the wrong photo. The "red ones" I was referring to (and forgot to send the accompanying photo) are RED COWBOY BOOTS. Very comfy but don't work with the dress.

Edith Maxwell

Hey, you could make red cowboy boots work with that dress! I can't speak about heels, since I've never once slipped into a pair that was comfortable, but I agree that red would work with the dress. And I'll be wearing an orthopedic boot to the banquet, alas.

Hank PhilLippi ryan

OH! Well, that’s different. Then I definitely vote that you try on the red ones, and see how they look with the dress!

And save the red boots for Bouchercon in Dallas… They will be perfect with everything!

Annette Dashofy

I will definitely be sporting cowboy boots in Dallas! And anywhere else I can get away with them.

Edith, I saw the photo of your snazzy new footwear. What a bummer. :-/

Karen in Ohio

I so envy anyone who can wear elegant heels. It's been a long time since I could comfortably/safely walk in them, myself. Hank has superior skills in this regard.

In the 70's, when platform shoes were the rage, I literally fell off a pair of platform clogs, right in my office, as I was standing perfectly still. My ankles just buckled.

Red shoes always go, Annette. Can't wait to see you all at Malice!

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Karin, you are so right! Read shoes always go. You just have to try them on with the dress to see if they work, or if it is too much with lace and four buckles. You know?
I have been thinking about this ridiculously too much, and wonder if the black shoes come in red. Maybe?
But I am leaning toward the black now. :-)

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Dictation software! I know it is Karen. :-)

Liz Milliron

Like others, I think the red shoes will absolutely go with the black dress. And I agree with Hank. you've got a lot of lace, so go with a very toned-down shoe, not a lot of bling.

You know me: I'll be wearing cute ballet flats or else you'll be picking me up off the ground!


Sadly, I have to miss Malice this year.

And you don’t want fashion advice from me. 😀

Annette Dashofy

We'll miss you, Mark!

Liz, you may be returning the favor and picking me up off the ground!

I suspect the fit will be the deciding factor more than the color. I do love red, but I don't want the shoes to compete with the dress. Decisions, decisions.

Storyteller Mary

A teaching colleague shared his shoe philosophy once, "Can I still smile for my last-period class?" I own no heels, haven't even worn regular flats much, but I do have some sandals that are comfortable. I wonder if dance shoes might look nice and still fit my friend's principle of comfort first. Have great fun! <3

Annette Dashofy

That's a great philosophy, Mary. I have a pair of stylishly clunky boots with a nice heel, and I always thought they were comfortable until I did a day-long series of talks and workshops at my old high school. No sitting down, lots of walking. OMG. Those boots did NOT meet the last-period class test.


I can't help you. I gave up fashion for comfort years ago. I would have bought a nice pantsuit, instead of the dress, and the shoes would be a nice comfortable pair of Mary Jane's. The dress is lovely, though. I wish I could wear it.

Annette Dashofy

Thanks, Jane.

Kathy Valenti

First of all, LOVE the dress!! GORGEOUS.

Secondly, I'm digging the metallic blingy shoes. I think they'd be stunning.

I have a collection of what I call "sitting" shoes. They're shoes that can only be worn if my primary task is (you guessed it) sitting--with the occasional stroll to the coffee machine (or in your case, podium!).

Can't wait to see y'all at Malice!

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Sitting and then walking to the podium shoes! Perfect!!

Annette Dashofy

"Walking to the podium." Ahhh. A girl can dream. But I'm so honored to be included in this group of nominees, I can't even fathom anything else.

Tina Swift

You can't go wrong with bejeweled sandals.

Annette Dashofy

Those blingy sandals really are gorgeous.

Jeanie Jackson

What every you choose, just don't forget that you still have to walk the next day. :) I lean towards black but red with the right accessories would be gorgeous. This is your day. Shine!

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Weary the blingy ones with jeans. ooh. I'm not saying don't BUY them, for goodness sake! xoxo

Anette, you are completely fabulous. And you will be amazing in whatever you wear! Cannot wait to see you all--Mark, we will miss you--and congratulations!

Annette Dashofy

Jeanie, I only have to walk a little the next day since most of Sunday will be taken up with the drive home.

I love you, Hank. Thanks so much for everything. See you in a couple weeks!

Triss Stein

Black with black always looks stylish for evening.Add sparkly earring ans your'e good. But then,I havens' worn heels in years. I have a bum ankle. So I might not be the best source of advice.But if you are going high style for the banquet (and why not?) remember to wear comfy shoes all day! ;-) (I'll be in running shoes there...but not the only one) And good luck!

H. S. Stavropoulos

Black heels for sophisticated and elegant.
The Red shoes for I want to be noticed/watch out here I come.
Silver/Gold no - gaudy.

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