The moment you get on the topic of shoes, men and women are not on the same page.
Men just don’t understand the all-consuming love-affairobsession that many women have. Men can get away with only owning three pairs of shoes: everyday shoes, dress shoes and weekend shoes. Women match their shoes to their outfits and you know how many we have of those.
I believe our love for fashionable footwear begins shortly after we learn to walk. Many parents even bronze that first pair we wear. My parents did that with mine.
When I was a toddler, I would slip on a pair of my mother’s shoes – high heels, of course – and I would pretend to be my mom or Wonder Women, depending on my mood.
My first pair of shoes that I fell in love with was a pair of black Mary Janes. I always had to wear them when I went to the hospital to visit my grandpa Tyler at work. I just loved the sound they made in the long white hospital hallways. I would even dance down the hallway. They were my “tap shoes.”
One time my mom had to explain to me why it wouldn’t be a good idea to wear them when swimming in Sliver Lake.
Even now I have a nice little pair of open toes high heel shoes that I love to wear. They just hug my feet. They are so cute, too. The only problem is that they hardly have any traction.
Just last Tuesday I put on those oh-so-cute shoes and was heading out the door and I took a header. (That’s right, fell on my face) on my kitchen floor.
A man would have turned around and changed his shoes. Not me. I grabbed my Coach handbag and keys and headed out the door to work.
I had a few more close calls, but I also had two people compliment on how cute my shoes were. I know I’m not the only one that keeps a pair of shoes that hurt or inflect bodily harm to ourself and others.
Meryl Streep once said, “I own one pair of Prada shoes. They make my feet hurt … It’s not the shoes’ fault; they are exquisitely made. I blame my feet. I’ve got my mother’s feet.”
I don’t have my mother’s feet, but I might have gotten her love for shoes. My collection keeps growing. It’s still contained to my side of the closet. I’m in no way becoming the next Imelda Marcos (the former Philippine first lady).
The Marikina City Footwear Museum in Manila opened in 2001. The museum contains hundreds of pairs of shoes from the former First Lady. Many of them were found in the Presidential Palace when Imelda and her husband President Ferdinand Marcos fled the Philippines in 1986.
In 2009, the museum was able to rescue majority of the collection from rising flood water and only about 100 pairs were damaged.
Even Actress Penelope Cruz confessed that she has never been able to get into a new role until she knows what kind of shoes the character will be wearing.
It’s good to know that I’m not alone with my love of shoes. I really should get rid of my shoes before I break my neck, but they are so cute.