This sign hung above the Famous Footwear booth at BlissDom. They were giving out shoes and so, of course I was there with a bedillion other women in line. They are cute -- gray suede kicks with nice arch support and pink trim. They are comfy and sweet and very likely the kind of shoe I should wear more often.
Instead, I collect shoes that are way too high and often uncomfortable without layers of band-aids and heel cushions and in some kind of impractical print that makes them work with a small percentage of clothing in my closet. Every time I travel, I plan my outfits meticulously, shoes included. And then in the end, I can't help myself and I throw three more pairs of shoes I absolutely must find time to wear in the hours I am away from home.
I don't often wear the running shoes, rarely end up incorporating the flats, only slip on the comfy pairs if I absolutely must. My feet are tired and blistered and in need of a good rub-down every time I am headed home. But the shoes I choose, especially when I am traveling, are always the ones I feel best in for that trip.
They are the shoes I stand tall in. The ones that tell people I meet something about me. The pairs that make me want to dance, step up to the podium, rest my head in my chin with legs crossed underneath, cross the room to find a friend.
I get clarity and breathe deeper when I am in shoes that help me hike up hills and chase away stress on the treadmill. There is a power in slipping those babies on my feet.
So thanks for the soft suede tennies. But when I am out in the rest of the world, I want to conquer it click-click-clicking my way through.
Which shoes will you wear when you set off for world domination?