yesterday i visited jgilbert and it reminded me of why it is my go-to place for beautiful shoes. i visited nordstrom earlier and found nothing - every shoe was a very high heel or super pointy or fashion victimy in some other respect. besides the place was a madhouse. so i went to jgilbert on first (cattycorner from patagonia) and found the perfect pair in 5 minutes. granted, they're expensive and you can't return them. but the shoes are carefully selected and beautiful. they don't follow the usual trends but they have style. the person who helped me (thank you shannon moon) was lovely. also, i bought boots there several years ago (also expensive and unreturnable) but now i wear them every day. if you look at cost per wear, they're a bargain. i say, fewer better things. if you feel the same way, go to jgilbert.