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.


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.


  1. Chris ONeill on April 2, 2015 at 10:24 am

    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.

    • Andrea on April 5, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      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. Suzanne on May 6, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    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.


    • Andrea on May 6, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      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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