The following is a story swapped at swapbot for a theme of creating stories about unusual shoes found in thrift stores or similar places. The story is from a book being written by my son and myself.
The Shoes of Princess Mei
The sad tale of these beautiful shoes was told to me by the shopkeeper, who said that her great-great grandmother had heard it as a child. Princess Mei was the adored wife of the Emperor, who enjoyed her beauty, but never heard the words or dreams of the Princess. The Princess fell in love with a fisherman while out walking along the sea. The Princess and the fisherman made plans to run away, and decided to meet at the boat dock when the moon was at its highest. Princess Mei eagerly arrived first, and early.
Suddenly, the Emperor stepped out of the shadows of the boathouse, with his trusted guard. "Why do you think you can walk away from me?" he demanded of Mei. With a quick gesture to his guard, he turned his back. Mei felt the cool blade before she could run, and screamed as she fell to the ground. The Emperor told her, "You will never walk away from me again," and his guard picked her up and carried her back to the palace.
When the fisherman arrived, he found Mei's beautiful shoes, with her feet still in them.
(She description: These sandals have solid wooden soles, with hand-painted flowers on black lacquer. Straps have sparkling sequins and beads.)