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.
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.
After 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.
And 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.