I came across a new French word recently that applies to me – calcéophilie (kal-say-o-phil-e). This is a relatively new hybrid, derived from Latin and Greek. Calceo means “shoe” in Latin and phile is “love” in Greek. So calcéophilie is love of shoes, probably one that is a little out of control. I have always loved shoes and even though I have more than fifty pairs (all dear friends), I can’t help checking out new ones when I pass a tempting display. A few weeks ago, we saw a great exhibit about shoes at the Peabody Essex museum in Salem, MA. (It has now closed or I would heartily recommend it to you.) We were there shortly after the exhibit opened for the day and it was packed, so there must be a lot of calcéophiles out there, so I have lots of company.