My name is Gale, but my friends call me “the discount shoe girl”. If you are wondering why, then I am about to tell you.

I was born and raised in Chicago, and have loved shoes since I was a little girl. After graduating with a masters in organic chemistry, I moved with my husband to Iran, where I work for the The National Petrochemical Company (NPC), a subsidiary to the Iranian Petroleum Ministry. Many of us have associated petrochemicals with terms like “toxicity”, “cancer”, and poor health. We fail to see that so many products we use every day, products we wouldn’t live without, exist thanks to the petrochemical industry. One of these products is our shoes. All synthetic shoes are made of petrochemical-derived materials.

But how did I develop this interest in shoes? This might be because my mom had a whole walk-in closet of them, in every shape and color. I used to try them, along with her outfits and walk around the house all dressed up. She had these beautiful purple pumps that were my absolute favorite.

As a teenager, I ran track and spent a lot of time training. That’s when my mom got me these amazing Nikes, they were blue and silver, and were the envy of every girl on the team.

I went on to study nutrition, but my athletic career is what paid for school, since I got a scholarship. Comfort is essential when your head is all up in studying, so I remember always wearing these lovely purple ballet flats, they kind of reminded me of the pumps I wore around the house as a kid.

Today, as a young woman, my love for shoes and apparel has not faded. In fact, it has only gotten stronger – it is now my hobby.

My hubby Tom and I research all of the available discounts and the best online stores to buy shoes and apparel. Do you know how easy it is? Forget line-ups and hours at the mall – all you have to do is sit back, relax and browse. Then, they deliver beautiful new shoes straight to your door.

So this blog is a way for me to share my love of shoes and apparel with you, and live up to my “discount shoe girl” nickname. I will be sharing my favorite tips and sites here, such as

I hope you enjoy your visit and share the shoe love!