Shoes, shoes, shoes. There is a stereotype for women – lots and lots and lots of shoes. Many of my friends and family support that stereotype. I do not. I have very few pairs of shoes at any given time.
I don’t like shoes. I don’t wear them in the house – I usually kick them off as soon as I get home. They hurt my feet almost all of the time. I want them to keep my feet clean, dry, and warm, and that’s about it. Socks are my favorite choice of footwear.
One reason I don’t like shoes is that I’m hard to fit - not quite wide, not quite medium, not quite a 10, not quite a 9.5. Another reason is I have ugly feet. Another reason is that I put a lot of pressure on my entire foot which requires a very supportive sole. So on the rare occasion I find that perfect shoe that covers all my flaws, gives tremendous support, and doesn’t look like I have mattresses strapped to my ankles, I want to buy one in every color – except that really just means black and brown for conservative me.
In an attempt to look more feminine I sought out higher heeled shoes. I found some with great support that looked beautiful on my feet and determined to only buy similar shoes. I only had one problem – I still couldn’t walk outside terribly long in those attractive shoes. Walking on concrete, asphalt, broken sidewalks, gravel, and other terrain does not lend to walking anywhere outside. Falling one time in 4-inch heeled boots was enough for me to stop walking in my heels. (Aside from scraping my knee on a heavily trafficked street and twisting my ankle, have you ever tried to get up off the ground on a high heel? Without getting down on all fours it's quite the challenge.)
When I found these I fell in love. These are my Decatur-Book-Festival Shoes and my Explore-Downtown-Decatur-Shops Shoes and my Go-Through-Airport-Security-And-Maybe-Run-Through-Atlanta-Airport Shoes and my Walk-Down-The-Street-To-Dave's-Cosmic-Subs-Instead-Of-Driving-Less-Than-Two-Miles Shoes. They aren't too casual - not an athletic shoe - so I can wear them to work with no problems. They have good support and allow my foot to bend easily without pinching.
Now I never allow shoes to be the reason I don't walk somewhere.