Fashion Friday – Why I Love Old Lady Shoes

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I love shoes. Absolutely love them. Ask my husband- I’m sure he’ll tell you about my “problem.” Shoes are one of the few fashion items that have always enjoyed. I still remember the saddle shoes my mom bought me to wear to church when I was little. I had 2 pair. One set was black and white, and the other was baby pink and white. They were fabulous, even if I didn’t love the frilly socks she made me wear with them.

saddle shoesAnd like most children of my generation, I went through a blister-ridden jelly shoes phase.

Jelly-Shoes-Back-Again

In high school, I had a fixation on Harley boots. I quite literally wore them every day. I think I went through three pair before I moved on to a different shoe style.

harley bootsAfter college, I had to go out into the real world and get a job. That meant dressing nicely and a whole lot of heels.

In the years since then, my chiropractor and I have finally come to an agreement that I shouldn’t wear those heels so often. They are a big contributor to my tension headaches and other back related problems. So I started looking for flats. I found most of them were cheaply made, and just not very comfortable. I needed to spend the same type of money I’d paid for good heels (I still have a few pair) on flats if I really wanted them to hold up.

toms ballet flatsAnd most of those shoes come from the “old lady” section of the shoe store- at least that’s what I always called it. It’s hard to want to look at the comfort shoes when there are so many pretty spiked heels a few steps away, but it’s something I’ve learned to do. And more than that, I really am starting to love those shoes.

I don’t have to take my shoes off when I sit down at my desk to keep from being sore when I go to bed. I don’t dread walking to meetings across campus, or getting caught in the hallway and talking to someone for an hour.

Because my feet aren’t sore, I’m usually in a much better mood. And who isn’t prettier when they’re happy?  Next time you stop to look at shoes, give those “old lady shoes” a chance. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

4 thoughts on “Fashion Friday – Why I Love Old Lady Shoes”

  1. It’s not just chiropractors:- us shorter guys also like to see a neat girl in flats.
    I used to hate it in my teens when I got talking to someone really clever at a school dance, and then I needed to borrow a kickstool to walk her home.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Chris! Fortunately, my husband is taller than me- just enough that I can wear heels and still be about an inch shorter than him. But I’m finding so many cute flats now that I am wearing mostly flats anyway.

  2. Old lady shoes are my friends. My feet really aren’t happy if I squish them into pointy high heels. That said, I keep trying, and yeah, you’re right, half the time I look like I’m pained…cause I am! LOL I normally need to stop and get a martini every 20 minutes. That’s okay, but it can be expensive.

    I can’t wear flats either. So basically for my feet to be happy I need to be carried atop four buff boys shoulders on a velvet fainting couch.

    My standby shoes are Clarks. They seem to give me the most support and can still look kinda cute if I squint and have had several martinis.

    bisous
    Suzanne

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m still wondering why shoe designers don’t want to make comfortable shoes that are also fashionable.

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