In His Shoes


You mean to tell me you packed six pairs of shoes and NONE of them are closed toe or flat?! We stood in a small storage closet in the Clift Hotel in San Francisco and I wore a face of sheer exhaustion. It was raining. My feet hurt. And we had a little time to kill before our return flight. I just finished my ReFrame presentation, and we planned to walk around one of our favorite cities in the world. But then the whole shoe thing got in the way. The bell man was waiting for us to grab a few things from our bags before locking the storage closet, but I couldn’t bear the idea of walking in four-inch heels in the rain. Not even the four blocks it would take for us to get to the nearest department store.

JD quickly unzipped his bag and grabbed a pair of his shoes, gingerly passing them my way. I threw on a pair of jeans, grabbed my coat, and slipped on the oversized shoes. I didn’t even care I looked like one of those fashion transgressors whose eyes are blacked out on the back of InStyle Magazine. And, oh, my coat? It had shoulder pads. SHOULDER PADS!! Internet, I was a mess, but my feet were happy. We darted out into the rain and explored the chilly streets together, shopping along the way. I was supposed to buy a pair of shoes, but–against all odds–I actually liked wearing JD’s shoes. I was, literally, walking in his footprints. And it made me feel close to him.

We decided to grab a quick bite to eat at Osha Thai, and over steamy pad khee mao and yellow curry, we talked about life. And our future. Together. Once the bill arrived, I reach out and touched his hand…and thanked him for his shoes. Because, really, all I ever want to do in life is walk in his footprints.

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  1. Ray Ferguson

    October 21st, 2009 at 6:20 pm


  2. jane button

    October 21st, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Too funny 🙂 I would look ridiculous (with my size 6.5 feet) in my husband’s size 14 shoes! I’m sure you pulled it off beautifully 🙂

  3. Jamee Glass

    October 21st, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Your stories are amazing Jasmine! I’m a blog stalker and have only commented a few times, but each time I read your post they truly touch my heart!

  4. Chelsea McGowan

    October 21st, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    You’re so stinkin’ cute. Yes, talented, yes, funny, yes, inspiring. We all know those things, and that’s why we read your blog.
    But seriously, Freakin’ Adorable.

  5. Amber

    October 21st, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Your post are so sweet. I love reading about true love <3

  6. Joanna

    October 21st, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    K so, I was reading this with a song from "august rush" in the background. The song ended right as i ended reading…IT WAS PERFECT! ….and added alot of mood to your post, you should consider playing mood music with your posts. Hahaha…

  7. Chrystal

    October 21st, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    i love, love. you have, i have it we all need it and isn’t it wonderful!!

  8. TH

    October 21st, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Love this…sometimes simple things in your daily remind us how precious life is. And it takes a great person like you to notice…

  9. Tira J

    October 21st, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Perfect post! I think a lot of us should consider walking in our spouses shoes, or others who work so hard for the life we get to live. I just thought about this yesterday when my husband had some home dog tired from working so hard. I looked at him and loved him even more for the steps he takes in his shoes to provide for the life we have together. Thanks J*! Oh, and JD, you have pretty good taste in shoes! 🙂

  10. michelle w.

    October 21st, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    awwwh, i love this posting. not that i don’t love the others (hee hee) but it’s so romantic and has such a kindred spirit about it…to me anyway!!!

  11. Lucy

    October 21st, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Osha Thai is a really awesome restaurant 🙂 Hope you can come back to the city again for another presentation 🙂

  12. Barbara Holland

    October 21st, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    What a great anecdote! So sweet!

  13. Christopher

    October 21st, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Cool story. . .but the icing on the cake? Converse All*Stars.

  14. cassandra m

    October 21st, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    another "ahhhh" moment. Love it!

  15. Bobbie Brown

    October 21st, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Okay, I have chill bumps from reading this!

  16. Tracy (Serendipity Images)

    October 21st, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    That is so sweet! <3

  17. jem

    October 21st, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Such a sweet story…reminds me how I feel about my man. How blessed you two are!

  18. Lydia

    October 21st, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    So sweet!

  19. Leyla

    October 21st, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Such a sweet, sweet post!! I love how wonderful & beautiful your relationship with JD is… I hope it always stays the same… =) Thanks for sharing!

  20. Tasha Prescott

    October 21st, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    You two are so cute. I saw him tweet during your presentation "Watching my beautiful wife…" and thought, their love is so sweet… I love love love the chucks! I shoot in nothing but chuck taylors, like you and your cowboy boots lol

  21. Dasha

    October 21st, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Agh… You reminded me of the day after my wedding. I was wearing very (I mean VERY) high heel shoes on the wedding day, cause my dress was too long, and I don’t even have to say how it felt. We had to organize couple of things the following day, as my husband of one day had to go back to Ireland from Russia, where our wedding took place. I had nothing with me in the hotel, only a skirt (don’t have any idea how it got there), but he had some of his clothes. So, I ended up going around wearing his jamper that looked XXL on me and his converse shoes. He went back to Ireland the next day (I had to stay and finish college). That was probably the most comfortable clothes I’ve ever worn. And that time was the happiest in our lives. Your post brought those memories back and smiles to our faces! Thank you! )))

  22. Jessica Shae

    October 21st, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Ok. y’all are officially the cutest couple EVER. 🙂

  23. Larry Reevese..

    October 21st, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    oh…you, two! this post makes me want to go buy a pair of converse!

  24. RE

    October 21st, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Beautiful post! Just tender love!

  25. Wendy

    October 21st, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Dude, I must be hormonal because I cried reading your story! Last night it happend to – just started reading New Moon – BAM I was BAWLING! Haha. I think its because my hubs is away working.. Anyways thanks for sharing your story. <3

  26. Pol

    October 21st, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Beautiful story! 🙂 I love wearing my husband’s shirts and jackets for the same reason.

  27. Penny

    October 21st, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    I love your writing and your look on life … 🙂

  28. Monica

    October 21st, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    My fiance has the same shoes in black! ((They are comfortable)) 🙂
    Beautiful post as always

  29. Keshia

    October 21st, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I love your writing, it’s one of the reasons why I visit your blog daily! I love your photography as well.

  30. Laura Lawson

    October 21st, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Jasmine, once again, your blog post brought me to tears. So glad that you were able to see a bit of my hometown, despite the rain!

  31. Stephanie Stewart

    October 21st, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Such a sweet story! Love it! Reminds me of the day after our wedding day…I had forgotten to pack pants to wear, so I ended up borrowing a pair of my new hubby’s pants, which actually matched the rest of my outfit! They were very comfortable as well, and we took photos to remember it. Good times!
    Thanks for sharing!

  32. Sarina

    October 21st, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Love Osha Thai! It’s such a great place to eat at. Next time your in SF try Andalu’s in Mission District. BEST TAPAS EVER!!

  33. Elizabeth Luna

    October 21st, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing that 🙂

  34. Crystal

    October 21st, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    All Stars are the best! I am sure you made it look awesome.. watch everyone starts wearing oversized shoes to look like Jaz 🙂 Lovley story too.

  35. Doreen

    October 21st, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Very cute!

  36. Graciete

    October 21st, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Good for you!

  37. Erica M

    October 21st, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    I love reading whatever you write because you are a beautiful writer. Buuut I am also holding my breath to see Stephanie and Steven’s wedding! The suspense is killing me!

  38. Courtney Pooler

    October 21st, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Pretty lady, shoulderpads are the new hot thing, now! 80’s throwback, they’re totally back in syle! Don’t beat yourself up. You were rockin’ fashion’s latest, and weren’t even trying! Love your musings…

  39. Sara

    October 21st, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Had to comment on this entry well because I am lucky to be able to share my boytoy’s shoes…we have the same size feet! Of course only the flip flops and athletic shoes…I can’t find anything to wear for his "dressy"shoes yet!! I absolutely <3 reading your blog! You rock J*!!!

  40. Sarah Danaher

    October 21st, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Jasmine, you are so, so precious. I hope to be like you when I’m married.

  41. sara

    October 21st, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    seriously. i love your love story! please write a book!

  42. Events by Evonne

    October 21st, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Awww… that’s so sweet!

  43. imthiaz houseman

    October 21st, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    seriously….you walked outside with shoulder pads? i can understand the shoes, but shoulder pads…actually its really funny and i can’t stop laughing. thank you so much for sharing that story, its amazing!

  44. Karen

    October 22nd, 2009 at 12:18 am

    I love that you find something special in everything. =] And I love Osha Thai’s Pad Khee Mao!

  45. Courtney

    October 22nd, 2009 at 12:40 am

    I finally had to comment to say that I love each and every single entry on this blog of yours, especially those about you and JD. Your writing is beautiful! I wish you could write a book! 🙂

  46. Giselle Sanchez

    October 22nd, 2009 at 12:57 am

    Oh, sweet Jasmine! You are an inspriation both professionally and personally. I pray that when I marry, I will be lucky enough to have even a tenth of what you have with your hubby-man! Thank you for sharing your life with us- both wonderful and painful! Perhaps you have heard this before, but you touch lives with every story, every image and every made up J* word 😉

  47. Sara Mac

    October 22nd, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Your blog is my daily dose of Awwwww! I can only hope that I will have that kind of sweetheart love for my fiance long after we are married. No hope that these tiny girl feet will fit his size 11’s though!

  48. Kathleen Porter

    October 22nd, 2009 at 1:46 am

    You two have such a beautiful relationship:)

  49. An-G

    October 22nd, 2009 at 2:45 am

    OMG! I just got teary eye! oh no.. there goes a tear down my cheek.. thanks for sharing…

  50. Lis Faíno

    October 22nd, 2009 at 2:52 am

    Oh, how beautiful! Words sweet and touching.

  51. lena

    October 22nd, 2009 at 3:58 am

    u r thee best…
    problems with my husband right now and that story brought tears to my eyes, you both cherish each other like marriage is suppose to be i love the internet to read stories like this but hate it for the devil knows how to tempt the weak. Thank you for sharing…

  52. Stephanie

    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:11 am

    Ok SERIOUSLY I am going to cry right now on this post…My hubby is gone in Afgahnistan and I would so love to have that feeling…You guys are AMAZING!!

  53. Ronni Haslett

    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:26 am

    I love your stories. You are such a great writer. I love my husband so much too, but have a hard time writing about it without sounds so goofy! Keep up the great work.

  54. melissa oholendt

    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:43 am

    I do not know what you are talking about when you say six pairs of shoes without a single one of them flats or closed-toe. No I do not. Uh uh. Certainly not something I would ever do.

    Perfection is a hard standard to live up to though so don’t feel bad.

    #funniestpersonalive (oh yes, I just tweet-subjected) #needshelp

  55. Lisa H. Chang

    October 22nd, 2009 at 5:06 am

    This made me smile. And seriously, who cares about fashion when you got such great shoes anyway? 🙂

  56. Christine Pobke

    October 22nd, 2009 at 6:20 am

    LOL just be sure you pack some flip flops and walking shoes when you come to Australia in a few months!!! 🙂 And hey, could’ve been worse – you might have had to wear old smelly hole-y shoes (i.e. the kind my husband seems to prefer). 🙂

  57. dans

    October 22nd, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Can’t describe how much I love OshaThai

  58. Martha Andrews

    October 22nd, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    "So sweet," said the woman who wore here husbands gigantic size 13 slippers while she cruised blogs.
    He is out of town, makes me feel close to him:)

  59. sharon snow

    October 22nd, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    how cute is that story 🙂

  60. megmanionsilliker

    October 22nd, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    so lucky you are!!

  61. Celesa

    October 22nd, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Jasmine you too are seriously the sweetest. It is as if you two are the bestest of friends and soul mates. I love it. You to are a great example of what love truly is! Thank you for sharing this with us. It just keeps me reminded of those little things that mean the most.

  62. Noelia Kline

    October 22nd, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    You are such a hopeless romantic and I love that. I am the same way. My husband means the world to me and no matter what happens, he’s always there for me. I couldn’t ask for a better husband, a better partner, a better friend. He’s my soulmate!

  63. ohana photographers

    October 22nd, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    flip flops a must 😉

  64. Christine Meintjes

    October 22nd, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    you always have a way of making me smile!!

  65. twilight at morningside

    October 22nd, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    only you could rock those varvatoses so perfectly!

  66. Shelly Waldman

    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    I can’t believe you went out in the crazy rain. I was held up in my office on the 21st floor starring out watch the umbrellas pass below, wondering what I should do for lunch. And of course Osha would have been much better than cup o noodles.

    The best part is that you could wear JD’s shoes and not have them fall off your feet. Myhusband shoes make me feel like a little girl, my feet just swim inside them.

  67. Nataschia

    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    It’s my hubby’s sweaters… his sweaters do it for me.

  68. Kayla Renckly

    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    You are such a romantic, it melts my heart to read that

  69. Carol Nanfito

    October 22nd, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    I don’t know if you read all your comments, but you should be a writer (and photographer of course). You write with such passion and romance…I feel a novel coming on….

  70. Jamie

    October 22nd, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Just had a rough day and that totally brought me to tears.. you are so very lucky j.

  71. Renee Bell

    October 22nd, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    awwww so sweet!!!

  72. Jesse Tarnoff

    October 22nd, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    What a beautiful post. I admire your love for love so much. Thank you for presenting at Re:Frame.

  73. Regina White

    October 23rd, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Awe! Very sweet. You two are wonderful and perfect for one another.

  74. Keri Welch

    October 23rd, 2009 at 2:58 am

    I love the love that you & JD have for each other. Thank you for sharing.

  75. valerie

    October 23rd, 2009 at 3:24 am

    ahwww…. this is too sweet!! love love love ur writing besides all the fabulous photos.. really…

  76. Tracy

    October 23rd, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Wow, that was equally sweet as your post about your mom. You love for your family is inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  77. arielle joy

    October 23rd, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    AW! Jasmine you are SUCH a good writer. I just love your blog.

  78. Sarah

    October 27th, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Hi, Jasmine! I’ve been following your blog for several months, but haven’t commented before now. I just wanted to tell you how much your blog encourages me. I love your stories as much as I love your photos… and that says a lot! :). I’m just an amateur, but I always leave your blog refreshed and re-inspired. This post especially touched me. Thank you so much. God bless!

  79. amanda thiessen

    October 28th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    i loved this post!

  80. Life with Kaishon

    November 2nd, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    You are my favorite writer I think.

  81. Peyton Cooke

    November 4th, 2009 at 4:41 am

    You really need to write a massive novel. Make it about photography, your life, whatever. Just write. I LOVE reading your blogs. I seriously cry when I read some like this one. The anniversary one? I printed it out to show my friends. You’re amazing Jasmine! 🙂