I’ve had a lifetime love affair with CUTE SHOES that may have begun with my first case of shoe envy. My friend, Karen, bought her shoes at Kempner’s in Little Rock. Every spring and fall, she and her sister showed up at church in new shoes, and then wore their last season ones for everyday. I was looking at nice footwear constantly.
We shopped for my shoes at Butlers and Bakers. While they didn’t begin to compare in quality or price, they were comfortable enough, and I always picked out CUTE ones.
When I was in high school, Keds came out with tennis shoes in a variety of colors. One of the older girls must have had a pair in every hue. I had to settle for one, and white went with everything. But that was okay. I liked their style.
By the time I was in college, I had discovered a factory outlet store about a 30-minute drive from Searcy. A carload of us would make the trip and wander up and down the aisles trying on shoes like Cinderella. Sometimes we were more like her stepsisters, trying to squeeze our feet into a half-size smaller than we should wear because they were CUTE!
|I had a pair similar to these in the 70s|
In the ’70s, I taught school in high-heeled sandals — much like what you see today. The price I paid for standing all day on a concrete floor was a stress fracture that necessitated wearing ugly orthopedic shoes for what seemed like an eternity. That experience made me more discriminating in my purchases. But I still chased shoe sales.
Today I seldom wear high heels. I wish I could, but my feet don’t like them, so when I put on a pair, I take my flats for backup.
|J-41 Barefoot Design|
My favorite shoes this season have been my J-41 sport shoes. I can stand all day in them and my feet don’t hurt afterwards. And guess what? I love their style!
Not long ago a friend who also appreciates pretty footwear said she had described me to her daughter by saying, “She has CUTE shoes.” That made me laugh!
Nowadays I give away a pair of shoes each time I buy new ones. Its feels good to share. Who knows, I might even start a shoe ministry in the future. In meantime, I know of three places you could donate your good shoes if you are so inclined.
What about you? Do you love shoes? If so, tell me about your favorites.