Me (thinking out loud): What shoes should I wear to the dental convention? Thereâ€™s always a lot of walking. Is it possible to be comfortable with a high heel? Comfort and style? Ack! Â I have nothing in my closet! (Head tilted towards the heavens, arms splayed wide for dramatic effect.)
Hubby: Yeah. Youâ€™ll notice Iâ€™m losing sleep over what to wear. (Insert eye roll.)
Itâ€™s that level of snarky that keeps our relationship alive. Dynamic. Exciting. Heâ€™s my sounding board, and Iâ€™m his reason to cut up credit cards.
Husband owns maybe six pairs of shoes. Thereâ€™s a dusty pair of black dress shoes lurking somewhere in the recesses of the closet, maybe two pairs of brown shoes (two pair because he refuses to toss the one pair that are so ugly, so worn, that even our dog won’t chew on them), a pair of leather sandals, and two pair of dirty, donâ€™t- make-me-touch-them-ever,Â tennis shoes. The pair closest to the front door sums up his decision when it comes to what pair of shoes to wear.
Me? I have a few more pair than he does. Ahem. I thought I was a shoe-whore because a pretty pair of shoes or boots will snap my head quicker than a glimpse of Brad Pitt on a nude beach. Whenever I accomplish a big goal, like finishing my vegetables at dinner time, I like to reward myself with a new pair of shoes. However, after reading quotes by some of the rich and famous, I find Iâ€™m not even close to being a shoe addict. Â I adore shoes, but I don’t spend a lot on them, nor do I let them define me.
â€˜I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes.â€™
â€“ Oprah Winfrey
Recently, while exercising at our local Snap Fitness, I overheard a conversation between the trainer, Jerry, and his female client. Somehow the topic shifted from working towards an excellent butt shape, to cute boots.
Jerry: Why do you spend so much on Coach boots?
Client: Becaaaaaaaause they are cute. (What is it that men don’t understand?)
Jerry: Whatever! My style is more â€œassistant coach.â€
As I’ve gotten older I find that I am motivated by comfortable shoes. They still need to be cute, but collecting blisters or walking in pain just isnâ€™tâ€™ worth the â€œcool factorâ€ that once ruled my purchasing decisions.
â€˜I would hate for someone to look at my shoes and say, “Oh my God!
They look so comfortable!
â€™ – Christian Louboutin
And so Iâ€™m back to pondering what shoes to wear to the dental convention. Shoes that look good with a skirt and can go the distance without causing me to regret my love affair? I know they exist, even if I have to keep buying and buying until I find them!
The quest for happy feet? The best part of my day.
‘Life is short, your heels shouldn’t be.
– Brian Atwood
Thanks to Marie Claire for the shoe quotes!Â