The Shoes

I suppose I have to confess, I’ve kind of been a shoe freak all my adult life. Having flat feet as a kid, Mom always made me wear tie-on shoes for more support. It didn’t matter. All my friends wore cute ballet flats and penny loafers. In high school, the fad was suede two tone brown tie on saddle shoes (once we could wear anything but black shoes). I was right at home. During my stint as a Pom Pom girl, we wore black and white saddle shoes.

Earth shoes came and went. I never owned Birkenstock’s (not a sandals person). I loved wearing high heels. During my career in HR and IT, I wore three-inch pumps. At 5’8″ tall, I became 5’11” tall. There was much less of me to love back then (translation – I was in good shape!), and I know I turned heads. If I tried to wear those shoes now, the only thing I’d turn would be ankles if I tried to walk very far.

After my major spine surgery in 1996, there was no way I could wear heels again. At least, not for a while. I bought sensible tie on Hush Puppies to wear with my slacks and jackets. It looked more professional than wearing sneakers, which was not allowed. Huh. I realized I’d come full circle in the shoe department. It’s the brand Mom bought for me. I hated them but knew my new limitations.

Funny thing is, if I’m taking Mom somewhere, I wear my very sensible and supportive New Balance shoes. I wear them all the time I have to walk, shop, all that stuff. I have to. There is no choice anymore. Mom’s doctors want her to wear the New Balance brand. She doesn’t want to. She claims she trips. She complains they bend very little. I tell her, “Mom, they’re not supposed to. They’re to help you be more stable!” She won’t wear them. If she falls, she’ll be sorry, but there’s not much I can do about it. She’ll do what she does. It’s all over at 92 if she falls and breaks something. Funny, I didn’t want to wear mine either, but she forced me. The circle of life never ceases to amaze me.

Before 1995, I had pumps in 2 1/2 and 3 inch heels. Colors? Dark Brown, Navy Blue, Black, Black Patent, Nude, White, Taupe, and Beige. I had dress winter boots (with 3 inch heels, and I never slipped and fell) in black, taupe, brown suede, and flat heeled black ones for casual. I kept every pair in their original box, stacked on shelves by color. Easily selected. that way. We had one bathroom, and all four of had to be ready to leave by 7 a.m., so there was no time for messing around.

The first time the Babe ever looked in my closet, he asked, “Are you related to that Marcos woman?”

Funny man. The woman he referred to was the wife of the Dictator of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos. Her name was Imelda. She was the queen of 80s excesses. They reported she owned 1,200 pairs of shoes. Oh, Babe. My collection paled in comparison!

After we dated longer and became engaged, we lived in my house since my daughter was still at home. I needed to make room for this man who would become my husband. The hardest thing and the first things to go were all my shoes I couldn’t wear anymore. It pained me a lot. True to the Babe’s sense of humor, he outstretched his arms and said, “But look at what you’re getting in return!” Yes. It remains to be a good trade-off.

A few years ago, I found a couple places who had fun flat soled shoe designs. I had fun shoes, despite being doomed to wearing oxfords forever. Here is a sample of the shoe fun I have now. I’m adaptable.

The Sunflowers and Hexagons are new to the collection. The Sunflowers are happy; the Hexagons remind me of quilting (I’ve been working on a hexagon quilt, Grandmother’s Flower Garden, for years). My love of music resulted in the matching musical note shoes and purses in yellow and black. My Irish heritage inspired the boots with shamrocks and green, and the pretty colors resulted in purchasing the black and multicolored boots. Believe it or not, the boots soothe my screwed together ankle break from nine years ago. It hurts a lot less when I wear them. And my Cubs shoes. They speak for themselves. Go Cubs, Go! This will be your year!

When my Kid-Lit book is ready, help me decide which shoes to wear, ok? I’m sure I’ll be asking. All bets are off if the Cubs play that day, though. Thanks for reading today. I appreciate it. It’s a sunny but chilly day out today. I love the brightness. It helps keep the spirits up. BTW, after yesterday’s second Covid Vaccination? The site the needle entered doesn’t even hurt. I have no after affects. I’m grateful! Make it a beautiful day today. Be Kind. Be Courteous. Be Thoughtful. Let’s watch out for each other, ok? See you tomorrow. Be Safe.

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