I've always heard that women have a love affair with shoes. I'm pretty sure this isn't true for all women and the nerd in me has always wondered about the statistical validity of such an assertion. Maybe it's because I know I'm not one of those women. Sure, I know good shoes when I see them and I have been known to sigh and say my 'ooohhhs' and 'aaahhhs' in the presence of fabulous looking pairs. But I'm certainly not like one of those women on House Hunters who would only buy a house if it had a designated shoe closet. I certainly don't have a huge collection like that, and more importantly, my 'collection' is not really display-worthy.
I go on Pinterest and see shoes that make me say, 'Awwww', such as these....
But really, who am I kidding? I know I'd never wear them! I'm much too practical to spend a lot of money on such shoes, and I'm also somewhat of a klutz that wearing heels that high would make it impossible for me to move. And did I mention that I have flat, wide feet that don't look dainty and would not do justice to those girly-girl shoes?
Last week, I went to a shoe store to shop for a new pair; one that I could wear if I wanted to look feminine and a bit more dressy. I walked from aisle to aisle (after first checking out the clearance rack, of course), looking for the pair that would address my needs. Low heels, neutral, semi-dressy. Low heels, neutral, semi-dressy. I muttered the words repeatedly as I glanced at each pair around me so as not to forget and be distracted. And yes, that has happened multiple times before. I go to the store hoping to buy girly shoes only to leave with either just a pair of sandals that scream 'comfort'/'practical', or some irresistible masculine-looking shoes meant for hiking or something rugged.
After a while, I knew I had to dare myself to just try out the high-heeled shoes that I knew I would never buy, just to satisfy my curiosity. I did my best to invoke the Carrie Bradshaw in me just so I could bring myself to pull out a pair with lace and a lot of glitter and 3+ inches to boot. Well, curiosity satisfied and self-knowledge reinforced! They really didn't look good on my feet and I found it impossible to walk. Seriously, it felt like a torture device and I will never understand how women can manage to walk in these things.
In the end, I purchased something that fits me in every way. It was very reasonably priced, comfortable and wide enough for my feet, heels are not high, and girly enough but not daring at all. The truth is, anywhere in life, we can always try things out and dare ourselves to a certain extent, to try new things, and seek out new experiences. That's all part of growth and learning. However in the end, we always know deep down what best reflects us, what suits who we are, what we are comfortable with, and what we truly need. We simply can't deny the truth that it's quite priceless to walk in the shoes that truly fit!