For years I have put on shoes and never really thought about what they meant in my daily life. Now that I am retired, and have time to stop and be more present, I can see clearly how what I wear on my feet can influence my whole day.
Tennis shoes are great for getting work done around the house. It seems like they are “action” shoes and I need to move while wearing them. If I sit down and kick back the recliner, my shoes look uncomfortable. “Hey, what are we doing just sitting?”
Slippers – moccasins to be exact are for lounging and comfort. Once in awhile I get carried away and start to clean up a room with them on and my feet scream out “What? I am not comfortable with all this walking in these unsupported shoes!”
Low cut leather boots with a chunky heal make me feel giddy, like a 20ish girl who is getting ready to go dancing. Really, I am heading out for drinks with my monthly “Granny cocktail night” girlfriends and these poor boots will see no dancing – but one can remember with fond memories.
Black leather flats with arch support inserts are the “go to” shoe for getting dressed up. They used to be part of my work uniform of dress pants, dresses and suit coats. Now I pull them out when I go to events that call for more than blue jeans.
Do we define ourselves by our shoes? Did you notice I did not mentions stilletos or high heals of any kind? Those were discarded long ago and relegated to my past crazy party days! Many years have passed and I am happy with my feet now. I am happier with my life now. Less polish and more comfort. It still seems crazy that those tennis shoes cost as much as any pair of dress shoes I ever bought
It’s funny what looking down once in awhile can remind us of…