To me, shoes are more important than any other item of clothing. They have to support me throughout the day, whether I’m exercising or just walking around doing everyday things. I’ve always insisted on comfort, and as I’ve grown older (and fatter), it’s become even more vital.
This holiday season, it seemed that much of my footwear had decided to retire. The last time I wore the boots I’d bought at the consignment shop around 6 years ago, I noticed that the soles were pulling away from the uppers, and I could actually see my toes through the tip of the right one. So I bid them a fond farewell and ordered a pair from Old Navy at half price. They’re lined with fake fur and oh-so comfy.
I’d already performed surgery on my left moccasin slipper when the bottom on the right one started crumbling. And the cushy liner had long ago flattened, providing little in the way of support, so I finally admitted that it was time to let them go as well. I’ve ordered a pair from Land’s End (also on sale!) and I anxiously await their arrival.
My go-to Anu black leather Mary Janes that I bought maybe eight or ten years ago on sale at Shoes on Solano served me well, even after Ruby chewed off one of the straps when she was a puppy. I had the other strap removed by the shoe repair place, and they continued to provide a safe haven for my feet many more years, helped along with new insoles. But as I was returning from an errand, I saw that Shoes on Solano was having a sale. Because everyone was masked and only three customers are allowed inside at a time, it felt safe, so I ventured into my favorite shoe store, only half intending to make a purchase. I couldn’t buy the same brand because it didn’t exist anymore, the store clerk explained. But I found a pair that ticked all the boxes–black leather flats with straps that were uber comfortable. And they were half price, so I kind of had to buy them.
Out with old footwear and in with the new. I dub 2021 as the year of the shoe!