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Published 29 June 10 01:15 PM
Pick up a fun pair of Alegria butterfly shoes to spice up your work wardrobe.

Recently, I conquered a challenge. I've written a couple of times about my sewing woes, and as of late, I made huge strides in my sewing accomplishments. I completed a skirt that actually fits, along with two dresses. One isn't all that great, but the other one I'm wearing right now, in the comfy confines of my cubicle.

Dressmaking in particular is a challenge because I never fit into the regular sizes of sewing patterns, so I've had to draft my own patterns whenever I want to sew something. I'm good at math but bad at picturing the little details in a design, so even if the numbers end up correct, I'll forget to account for seam allowance or end up sewing the front to the back on a fabric that can't handle ripped out stitches.

The first dress completed was a simple sack-style dress a la a major retailer (which sells it for $40 or so!). I didn't actually like the way the dress fit when I tried it on in the store, but it looked so easy to make that I had to try it. That's why it's been relegated to the sewing room - I just really don't like the style. The second dress fits my style much better, and finally finishing a sewing project that I'm proud to wear feels awesome.

So awesome, in fact, that I've been joking/bragging to friends about never buying from "the man" again. Of course that's a lie. Of course I love shopping, and I won't give it up. I might make more of my dresses and skirts rather than buying them, but some things you just can't make at home - or at least make well at home.

I'm happy to say that shoes are in that category. At no time in the near future do I envision myself hunched over a work table, cobbling together some cute pumps to wear to a party. Because I won't be hitting the stores as much to buy dresses and skirts (or so I say now), that means more time (and some saved money) can be spent shopping for shoes.

It's not like I don't already have enough shoes, though. I have orange shoes, yellow shoes, red shoes and purple shoes. My passion for shoes that aren't the norm - black or brown - is probably one of the reasons I really like our collection of Alegria nursing shoes. Donning cute little butterflies on the sides of the soles, Alegrias come in an array of fun patterns and colors.

The Alegria butterfly shoes we offer at ADVANCE Healthcare Shop are also beloved by our customer reviewers. With rocker bottoms and cushiony support, they're a favorite of nurses and other healthcare professionals who are on their feet for long shifts.

"Like walking on pillows," Raney from New Hampshire wrote about the Mary Jane style Alegria butterfly shoes. "Love the mild rocker bottom ... did not make my calves sore. I will buy this brand again. I also bought a pair of the clog style. I like the support both styles offer."

Alissa, an occupational therapist from Georgia, raved, "I recently purchased a pair of Alegria clogs in the ‘scribble' design. They are the most comfortable shoes I own. I wear them to work every day ... my foot pain is now gone!!!"

We offer up Alegria butterfly shoes in two styles - T-strap and Mary Jane - and lots of fun patterns, as well as classic shades of black, brown and white. Right now, all of our Alegria butterfly shoes feature free shipping on your entire order when you purchase a pair, so it's a great time to try these out or go for another style if you're already a fan of the brand. These shoes, unlike that unflattering potato sack of a dress I just made, go great with everything and don't require any time in the craft room!

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About Lynn Jusinski

After an internship at a home magazine where she wrote about media rooms and $500,000 pool renovations from the comfort of a teeny, cluttered dorm room, Lynn Jusinski graduated from a small college in Pennsylvania and then moved on to write for two weekly newspapers in suburban Philadelphia. A column she penned for the papers won an award from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. In 2007, Lynn moved back to the magazine world, and worked full-time as an associate editor for ADVANCE for Health Information Professionals. Her work on the magazine led to “Rookie of the Year” honors and a second place feature award in the annual Editorial Excellence Awards presented by Merion Publications Inc. In her free time, Lynn is typically stuck in traffic, shopping, reading, constructing poorly made crafts and hanging out in and around her hometown.
You can reach Lynn at ljusinski@advanceweb.com

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