Tuesday's Treasures ~ Geno's Infamous Red Shoes

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899

During one of my days of quarantine over the week-end, I decided to tackle a box of old photos that were stored in the garage. In 2002 my Geno and I traveled with 3 other couples on a wonderful adventure! We started in Barcelona for a few days, took a cruise to so many memorable places. Venice, Taormina, Corfu, Capri to name just a few stops (a story for each port for sure) and ended up in Rome for a few days.

Many men were wearing red shoes in Italy that year and of course they attracted Geno's attention and knew he'd have to go all over until he found a pair to wear home. It was a challenge because many Italian men wear smaller sizes than this Texas's size 12! It became a quest to find a pair of red leather Italian shoes.

Our friends and guide were all in.... committed to finding a pair. After many stops we hit pay dirt! Geno found a wonderful pair and wore them home! We still laugh to this day about our scouring Rome for his red shoes and the comments he received flying home!


"There'll be two dates on your tombstone and all your friends will read'em but all that's gonna matter is that little dash between'em" .......   Kevin Welsch

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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Sheila Anderson ,

You are so right..it's all about the dash and the Geno stories live on!

Mar 24, 2020 04:58 AM #3
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I love this story. The Quest for the Red Shoes. I'm glad he was able to find "the" pair!

Mar 24, 2020 05:12 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dorie. Like Geno's style. I had a pair of red, white and blue wing tips back in the 70's. They drew a lot of comments at law school as well. Kudo's to Geno. I wear a size 13! Enjoy your day!

Mar 24, 2020 05:42 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Dorie - more missing blanks "filled in" for me - let's see there's Dorothy Gale of Kansas, Pope Francis from the Vatican and now Gene Dillard from Austin. Each with well-known red shoes!  A nice photo and a wonderful memory.  

Mar 24, 2020 05:54 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Dorie, for sharing some of your fond memories.

I expect that those red shoes created lots of smiles.

Mar 24, 2020 06:56 AM #7
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Those were sure to bring smiles. Memories are precious

Mar 24, 2020 07:26 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Those shoes definitely stand out and I am sure Geno was looking dapper in that outfit.

Mar 24, 2020 07:31 AM #9
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Those look wonderful, definitely he was a confident person to wear something like that. They look wonderful.

Mar 24, 2020 07:45 AM #10
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Those red shoes say so much about Geno. All good! What wonderful memories, Dorie. I'm with Nick, confidence galore. 

Mar 24, 2020 07:59 AM #11
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I love the quote and the thought behind it. I never knew the story behind the red shoes and it does add to the Geno story and quite frankly, it's pretty cool...

Happy Tuesday morning Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR 

Mar 24, 2020 08:07 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - wonderful to have those memories and those mementos.  Now we have time to go through things we haven't for a while.

Mar 24, 2020 08:24 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I really understand Geno's love for red shoes.  What a lovely story,, and it made me chuckle.  Thank you.  

I love red shoes.  I bought a pair of comfortale walking shoes for a trip to Italy in 2016 to go with my big red traveling bag...Happy Tuesday...  

Mar 24, 2020 09:43 AM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dorie- how could you not love a man who would go all over looking for red shoes and wear them on the plane home!!!!!   I love this story. 

Mar 24, 2020 10:46 AM #15
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Dorie,
What a sweet memory of your Geno. I bet he enjoyed every minute he wore them.  It reminded me of the shoes I bought in Rome. They were wonderful shoes that I wore for a long time... and the most expensive ones I had ever bought.   My Max was partial to cowboy boots.      Stay well.

Mar 24, 2020 01:05 PM #16
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

It is wonderfully warm memories like that, which are the treads in the tapestry we call life, Dorie!

Mar 24, 2020 01:08 PM #17
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I haven't tackled any at home chore yet, but you can bet your bottom dollar my office is disinfected.  Working my tail off for buyers and sellers to get 4 more on the books to the closing table and then plan to just do the stuff I have to do for my daughter's family and my mom and dad.

Mar 24, 2020 01:46 PM #18
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie what I want to know is, when Geno clicked his heals together, did the shoes swoop him home? 

Mar 24, 2020 01:59 PM #19
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Doire.

Those memories will/are something that will live with you for the rest of your life.  Get rid of the bad ones, cherish the good ones. 

Mar 25, 2020 12:12 AM #20
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Kinda like the Ruby Slippers...a little magic for his feet !

Mar 25, 2020 04:02 AM #21
teresa recar
Austin, TX

That sounds just like "Dr. Geno" Love that man and love you too, my friend. 

Mar 25, 2020 02:53 PM #22
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