My teenage daughter loves shoes. What girl doesn’t, right? However, she and I both have the same problem in that sometimes great-looking shoes, while stylish, just don’t fit right.
I could tell her mind was on shoes last Saturday as she gathered her outfit for the year-end dinner and dance that she was to attend that night, which was sponsored by a school club. She had nice dressy heels to wear, but they were a bit high for dancing. Her flat shoes pinched her feet. She could, however, make either pair work if she needed to.
She and I went out to our favorite sushi restaurant for lunch that day, only to find we’d arrived fifteen minutes before it was due to open (their Saturday hours are different from their regular weekly hours). Since temperatures are already volcanic here in Florida, we didn’t want to stand around outside.
“Want to look at shoes?” I asked, pointing to the DSW across the parking lot.
My daughter shrugged, still preoccupied with plans for the evening. “Sure.”
Truth be told, I’d never been inside a DSW. Wow. Talk about shoe overload. As I wandered the aisles of sandals, boots, dressy heels, and more, my daughter started trying things on. A big grin on her face, she waved me over to where she was tottering around in a pair of lacy black shoes that were a cross between an ankle-hugging boot and an open toe shoe—and at least five inches high.
“I really like these,” she said. I sensed she was thinking about buying them to wear to the dance.
“They’re cute, but can you walk in them?” I answered. She could walk, sort of, but we both agreed we’d set those aside and think about them while we looked at other styles.
During our browsing, we came upon a pair of flat black sandals with glittery rhinestones and a lacy bow. She slipped them on. On her slender feet, they looked fabulous. She could walk in them without effort. She moved with a sway in her stride, as though those shoes had given her a much-needed boost of confidence.
We bought the shoes. We painted her toenails black, to match her black fingernails, and off she went to her dinner and dance. The shoes worked our perfectly and I have no doubt they are “keepers.” How wonderful, that the right pair of shoes can make a gal feel super special. I hope all of us have shoes in our closets that make us feel that way.
Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? Are they practical flats or designer heels?