I have to say when I first saw the ‘red shoes’ I felt a twinge of disappointment, they were not what I was expecting…
I had assumed, although I’m not sure why, they would be more like a classic high heeled, red leather pump… the kind I wore in my younger days with my ‘power suits’.
These were beautiful shoes, just not what I pictured in my mind when the ‘red shoe project’ was first proposed.
Then I put one on and it no longer mattered… I was in love!
I’m a shoe junkie
These red shoes looked amazing on my feet, I swear they made my ankles slimmer, they made me SO tall, and somehow they even made me feel a bit younger!
It took a bit of getting used to the heel height. It dawned on me that over the years the height of my heels has gradually lowered, a lot! Gone are the 3½ – 4 inch heels of my youth. In these shoes I felt a bit like I was going to fall forward at any second, but I persevered and I got used to them.
I don’t know if it’s age or a sense of caution that accompanies age, but it was interesting, the whole time I was walking in the shoes there was a little cautionary voice in my head telling me that if I slipped or took a misstep in these shoes I might injure myself.
Kind of like the classic parental warning “careful, or you’ll break your neck” but the warning was in my own head. Not something I would have ever thought in my twenties when I wore shoes like these on a daily basis. It dampened the ‘youthful’ feeling that I initially got from the shoes.
Regardless, I still didn’t want to take them off and I certainly didn’t want to give them back! Amazing the effect a pair of pretty shoes can have, especially to a shoe junkie. The next day was my birthday and we were going out for dinner and meeting friends after, I wore the shoes.
Two of my friends (friends that do not share my passion for shoes) and one complete stranger commented on them; “Great shoes”, “Love those shoes, where did you get them?” I guess most women will notice a great pair of shoes!
Years ago I wore shoes like the ‘red shoes’ everyday… all day. At some point, and I’m not sure when, I stopped. After wearing the red shoes I wondered why I stopped? I realized I don’t have to, I can still wear them! Maybe not all day like I used to, but I absolutely love that I still can.