Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Trying It On For Size

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....

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and these....
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and take a look at this bejewelled shoe!  WOW....
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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!

My pair  








Photo Credit:

**http://www.cloutlets2013.com/christian-louboutin-you-you-85mm-strass-pumps-black-p-801.html#.UZp6hbVQHm4
***http://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/rene-caovilla-sandal-item-10313389.aspx

7 comments:

  1. I have so many pairs of shoes I often forget and Hubby reminds me of those I have that are similar when we're out shopping! You can never have too many shoes, bags or accessories...they can make or break an outfit ;-) (I type this whilst wearing the most comfortable pair of sensible Merrells ever!! lol)

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  2. I have so many pairs of shoes I often forget and Hubby reminds me of those I have that are similar when we're out shopping! You can never have too many shoes, bags or accessories...they can make or break an outfit ;-) (I type this whilst wearing the most comfortable pair of sensible Merrells ever!! lol)

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  3. I have a closet full of shoes and only wear and handful of them. I used be so Carrie Bradshaw - not quiet but kinda. Now I can't hardly stand to walk into church and keep my shoes on and wear them back home. I haven't gotten there with practical for the dress shoes, but for anything I will spend the entire day in, they will be comfortable. Love this post.

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  4. I love watching good shoes but, just like you, I would never buy them because I simply can't walk in them. When did we become so reasonable again?

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  5. I'm with you Joy. I have wide flat feet with weird toes. They aint dainty at all, so I feel lucky if I score a good looking comfy pair of shoes :)

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  6. Yep...same here. I love looking at shoes, but when it comes down to actually buying them - I'm the worst critic. It starts out as "oh, those are cute...I want to try them on" then, "they look good on my feet" but then I start to think: How often will I really wear them? Do I even have anything to wear them with? Are they really that comfortable? Are they worth the price?

    This is probably why I only have about 15-20 pairs of shoes...most of them have been in my closet for several years because I haven't found anything better to replace them with. Anyways, it was refreshing to see that I'm not the only woman out there like this! :)

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  7. This MAN does not need very many pairs of shoes. I have my exercise shoes, my favorite shoes that I wear almost every day (they will be worn out soon), and a small number of other casual and dress shoes. When I think about the shoes I actually wear, I only use 4-5 pairs. I think I will clean my closet soon and make some donations.

    By the way, what a great last paragraph. As you say: "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."

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