Ask A Wench: The Right Shoe

Shoes gownGive a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.

–Marilyn Monroe

Before the Ball jan portieljeSusan here, with our Ask-A-Wench topic for August – shoes! With all the traveling and summer wandering the Wenches have been doing, what sort of footwear keeps us going? And is there a historical style of footwear that looks comfortable? Here's what we came up with – 

Pat says:

I am a tenderfoot with issues. I cannot go barefoot. It’s painful. But I cannot wear enclosed shoes because my feet are two different sizes, and if there’s a back on them, the heel will rub on one and the toes be crushed in the other. I love mules, which keep my toes warm, don’t have backs that rub, and allow enough space not to crush toes. My favorites for walking are Mules Easy Spirit. In summer, it’s sandals all the way—not the kind with straps between the toes, please. Flip-flops hurt too.

Roman sandal caligula

 

So I guess historically, I’d have to live in Roman times and wear those really cool sandals that wrap up the leg or maybe the lovely Regency-style mules, except they all seem to have pointed toes and high heels—for dancing, ouch.

 

Andrea says:

Andrea hiking shoes swissThere are many fashionistas who will pay astronomical prices for impossibly high-heeled, pointy toed, delicate leather odes to Artistic Inspiration. I am not one of them. I do confess, however that I’m not quite ready to wear sneakers with everything either. My go-to “dress” shoes are a simple black pump with nicely rounded toe, a sturdy one inch heel and rubber non-slip  sole. (I’m short in the legs and like a little extra lift so my pants don’t drag in the mud.) They’re super comfortable and have a classic look that works for a range of occasions. (For dressier times, I have a pair that are two inches high. As I said, I believe in keeping it simple!)

Now, what really fills my closet are sports shoes and boots—tennis, squash, hiking and golf all require tech footwear in cool colors and textures. Those are the ones I get excited about.

 

Joanna says:

My name is Joanna and I am a Volvo-driving, trash-recycling, organic-crunchy-granola-eating . . . hippie. Nothing to be done about it; it’s too late for me to change. I expect they’ll put me in a museum someday.

Wench birkenstocks 2What shoes do hippies wear in the summer?

Birkenstocks, of course.

I wear them with socks. Sometimes I wear them with white socks because I am Wench birkenstockshameless in my dedication to geekdom.

Birkenstocks of the covered sort, (the ones I wear,) are stalwart protectors of my delicate toes and give my pinkies lots of room to breathe. Birkenstocks last a good long time. They slip on and off like greased lightning when I want to carry my carefully sorted trash out to my lovingly selected trash bins. 

Practical and shoes of great beauty. I remain, as always, at the very forefront of fashion. 

Anne says:

MyRedShoesAnne here. I can admire a pretty pair of high-heeled shoes, but I rarely wear them. I walk a lot, and can't be bothered with discomfort for the sake of fashion, so most of my shoes are flat and comfortable. I also have a fondness for red shoes — possibly because as a child I hated the story of The Red Shoes. I thought it was perfectly reasonable to want to wear pretty red shoes instead of black ones, and the punishment that little girl faced of being forced to dance until she dropped and finally having her feet chopped off to free her of the red shoes was horrible. So I have four or five pairs of Anne red bootsred shoes. 

I also bought a pair of red cowboy boots when I was in Texas for a Romance Writers of America conference. When I was in over there, I noticed a lot of the young women wearing floaty, pretty evening dresses with cowboy boots, and decided that was a look I could adopt, so now when I wear an evening dress (mainly at romance conferences) I often wear my red cowboy boots. I'm perfectly happy to be regarded as somewhat eccentric, because they are so comfortable. And red.

Mary Jo says:

IMG_4508Many women are besotted with shoes. In contemporary romances, heroines often wear sky high heels and pencil skirts.  Admittedly spike heels might be appealing to the males of the species, but I don't see any of them wearing such tortuous footwear! 

My one inarguable requirement for shoes is that they be comfortable.  The reason for this is very simple: I don’t like pain.  It seems a simple enough criterion, but it has taken me time to understand the implications of that such as:

  • A) if shoes aren't comfortable in the store, don't buy them thinking they'll be broken in, because it IMG_4511might be your long suffering feet which are broken. 
  • B) it almost never works to buy shoes online.  Sigh.  Once or twice I've ordered shoes that were absolutely perfect when I put them on, but mostly I ended up sending shoes back with regret.  One of the happy exceptions was these LL Bean hiking shoes, which I wore comfortably across Botswana.
  • C) Shoes made of soft material are likely to be more comfortable than stiff materials.  Soft leather and fabric are the best. These black shoes are Portuguese and basically knitted, and they adjust to feet very nicely! 

Be kind to your feet.  They'll thank you! 

And Susan:

Fecb6497-f9d1-4835-a0c1-cc416262e953I love sandals. I'll wear them all year long, even in winter — in the house, at least. My feet don't like being confined. When I wear a closed shoe, it's usually a simple ballet flat with a good sole, or a sturdy sneaker, or a Mary Jane–all with ergonomically contoured sport soles that give the foot a little rocking motion. I had a back injury a while ago, with physical therapy, and now I stick with the healthy comfortable fit of a contoured sole that aligns feet, legs, hips, and back. Out went my beloved collection of flip-flops (with nice thick footbeds and cloth straps, and pricey – are they really flip-flops? nah!) — and in came my new favorite shoes, Ecco sandals and sneakers. This summer I've been wearing these cute Ecco multicolor sporty sandals. And as Mary Jo says, my feet and my back are thanking me! 

Oldest shoe 5500 years old armeniaHere's the oldest shoe ever discovered so far – a soft laced leather jobbie from Armenia, made and Jan_van_Eyck_004worn about 5,500 years ago. Would you wear something like this? Or how about these medieval pattens, handy for walking in muddy streets? 

Or these cute little red dancing slippers from 1810? (We know Anne would love them–they're red!). Red slippers 1810

What favorite shoes have you been wearing all summer (or winter, for those south of the Equator)? 

Is there a historical shoe you'd never want to wear?

Here's my pick (I wouldn't put them on one of my characters, either) – there were even more extreme variations of this, with curled points and straps to hold them up (why??)…. Medieval pointed shoe
 

 

85 thoughts on “Ask A Wench: The Right Shoe”

  1. Well, my knees and hips are shot, so nowadays it’s Easy Spirit clogs for everyday (around the house) wear. For dressier shoes I go to a Sass Store to fit a shoe to my odd feet. One foot is half a size larger than the other.
    But until I was 60, I was an office worker who wore heels almost every day. We weren’t smart enough back then to wear a pair of sneakers to walk from the parking lot to the office if we missed the shuttle bus. So I would even sometimes be running in my heels to get to the office in time.
    I favored a sling back with an open toe. Very sexy and barely made the dress code. All those years of heels caught up with me when I was 60. My knees started hurting. When I twisted an ankle and had to wear flats for a month, my knees stopped hurting. So I kissed my heels good by and didn’t look back. But I missed them – they were so pretty.

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  2. Well, my knees and hips are shot, so nowadays it’s Easy Spirit clogs for everyday (around the house) wear. For dressier shoes I go to a Sass Store to fit a shoe to my odd feet. One foot is half a size larger than the other.
    But until I was 60, I was an office worker who wore heels almost every day. We weren’t smart enough back then to wear a pair of sneakers to walk from the parking lot to the office if we missed the shuttle bus. So I would even sometimes be running in my heels to get to the office in time.
    I favored a sling back with an open toe. Very sexy and barely made the dress code. All those years of heels caught up with me when I was 60. My knees started hurting. When I twisted an ankle and had to wear flats for a month, my knees stopped hurting. So I kissed my heels good by and didn’t look back. But I missed them – they were so pretty.

    Reply
  3. Well, my knees and hips are shot, so nowadays it’s Easy Spirit clogs for everyday (around the house) wear. For dressier shoes I go to a Sass Store to fit a shoe to my odd feet. One foot is half a size larger than the other.
    But until I was 60, I was an office worker who wore heels almost every day. We weren’t smart enough back then to wear a pair of sneakers to walk from the parking lot to the office if we missed the shuttle bus. So I would even sometimes be running in my heels to get to the office in time.
    I favored a sling back with an open toe. Very sexy and barely made the dress code. All those years of heels caught up with me when I was 60. My knees started hurting. When I twisted an ankle and had to wear flats for a month, my knees stopped hurting. So I kissed my heels good by and didn’t look back. But I missed them – they were so pretty.

    Reply
  4. Well, my knees and hips are shot, so nowadays it’s Easy Spirit clogs for everyday (around the house) wear. For dressier shoes I go to a Sass Store to fit a shoe to my odd feet. One foot is half a size larger than the other.
    But until I was 60, I was an office worker who wore heels almost every day. We weren’t smart enough back then to wear a pair of sneakers to walk from the parking lot to the office if we missed the shuttle bus. So I would even sometimes be running in my heels to get to the office in time.
    I favored a sling back with an open toe. Very sexy and barely made the dress code. All those years of heels caught up with me when I was 60. My knees started hurting. When I twisted an ankle and had to wear flats for a month, my knees stopped hurting. So I kissed my heels good by and didn’t look back. But I missed them – they were so pretty.

    Reply
  5. Well, my knees and hips are shot, so nowadays it’s Easy Spirit clogs for everyday (around the house) wear. For dressier shoes I go to a Sass Store to fit a shoe to my odd feet. One foot is half a size larger than the other.
    But until I was 60, I was an office worker who wore heels almost every day. We weren’t smart enough back then to wear a pair of sneakers to walk from the parking lot to the office if we missed the shuttle bus. So I would even sometimes be running in my heels to get to the office in time.
    I favored a sling back with an open toe. Very sexy and barely made the dress code. All those years of heels caught up with me when I was 60. My knees started hurting. When I twisted an ankle and had to wear flats for a month, my knees stopped hurting. So I kissed my heels good by and didn’t look back. But I missed them – they were so pretty.

    Reply
  6. I have never worn “sky-high” heels because I agree with the “no pain” criterion. Even though I am very short I’d rather hem my pants than wear a heel more than 1/2 inch high. I am a nurse and in my hospital days I stood on my feet for many hours at a time. Thus I appreciate comfortable shoes. I admire pretty shoes on someone else but am not tempted to buy them.
    In spite of my history I have had 2 surgeries to correct foot issues. These appear to be genetically induced, because my Mom and her Mom also had the identical issues on the same foot. But I understand that more than 90% of bunions, hammertoes, and the like, are caused by high heels or improperly fitted shoes, and are preventable.
    I agree with using Ecco shoes for comfort. There is another brand, called “Naot”, made in Israel, that are also wonderful and many of their models are not nausea-inducing. But I hope that the personality and the smile will keep the gaze of others above the neck and they may not notice the orthopedic shoes. (smile)

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  7. I have never worn “sky-high” heels because I agree with the “no pain” criterion. Even though I am very short I’d rather hem my pants than wear a heel more than 1/2 inch high. I am a nurse and in my hospital days I stood on my feet for many hours at a time. Thus I appreciate comfortable shoes. I admire pretty shoes on someone else but am not tempted to buy them.
    In spite of my history I have had 2 surgeries to correct foot issues. These appear to be genetically induced, because my Mom and her Mom also had the identical issues on the same foot. But I understand that more than 90% of bunions, hammertoes, and the like, are caused by high heels or improperly fitted shoes, and are preventable.
    I agree with using Ecco shoes for comfort. There is another brand, called “Naot”, made in Israel, that are also wonderful and many of their models are not nausea-inducing. But I hope that the personality and the smile will keep the gaze of others above the neck and they may not notice the orthopedic shoes. (smile)

    Reply
  8. I have never worn “sky-high” heels because I agree with the “no pain” criterion. Even though I am very short I’d rather hem my pants than wear a heel more than 1/2 inch high. I am a nurse and in my hospital days I stood on my feet for many hours at a time. Thus I appreciate comfortable shoes. I admire pretty shoes on someone else but am not tempted to buy them.
    In spite of my history I have had 2 surgeries to correct foot issues. These appear to be genetically induced, because my Mom and her Mom also had the identical issues on the same foot. But I understand that more than 90% of bunions, hammertoes, and the like, are caused by high heels or improperly fitted shoes, and are preventable.
    I agree with using Ecco shoes for comfort. There is another brand, called “Naot”, made in Israel, that are also wonderful and many of their models are not nausea-inducing. But I hope that the personality and the smile will keep the gaze of others above the neck and they may not notice the orthopedic shoes. (smile)

    Reply
  9. I have never worn “sky-high” heels because I agree with the “no pain” criterion. Even though I am very short I’d rather hem my pants than wear a heel more than 1/2 inch high. I am a nurse and in my hospital days I stood on my feet for many hours at a time. Thus I appreciate comfortable shoes. I admire pretty shoes on someone else but am not tempted to buy them.
    In spite of my history I have had 2 surgeries to correct foot issues. These appear to be genetically induced, because my Mom and her Mom also had the identical issues on the same foot. But I understand that more than 90% of bunions, hammertoes, and the like, are caused by high heels or improperly fitted shoes, and are preventable.
    I agree with using Ecco shoes for comfort. There is another brand, called “Naot”, made in Israel, that are also wonderful and many of their models are not nausea-inducing. But I hope that the personality and the smile will keep the gaze of others above the neck and they may not notice the orthopedic shoes. (smile)

    Reply
  10. I have never worn “sky-high” heels because I agree with the “no pain” criterion. Even though I am very short I’d rather hem my pants than wear a heel more than 1/2 inch high. I am a nurse and in my hospital days I stood on my feet for many hours at a time. Thus I appreciate comfortable shoes. I admire pretty shoes on someone else but am not tempted to buy them.
    In spite of my history I have had 2 surgeries to correct foot issues. These appear to be genetically induced, because my Mom and her Mom also had the identical issues on the same foot. But I understand that more than 90% of bunions, hammertoes, and the like, are caused by high heels or improperly fitted shoes, and are preventable.
    I agree with using Ecco shoes for comfort. There is another brand, called “Naot”, made in Israel, that are also wonderful and many of their models are not nausea-inducing. But I hope that the personality and the smile will keep the gaze of others above the neck and they may not notice the orthopedic shoes. (smile)

    Reply
  11. Ooh shoes! Great topic, I have a closet full and can’t bring myself to purge even though I hardly wear them anymore in retirement. In summer I live in Grasshoppers, currently rotating between 4 pairs in a variety of colors. In winter I love my Glerups slippers in the house, keeping my feet toasty warm and a pair Clark’s walking shoes that give me support and traction outside. I think having to deal with pattens in their day must have been horrible but the alternative was even worse! Enjoyed the post.

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  12. Ooh shoes! Great topic, I have a closet full and can’t bring myself to purge even though I hardly wear them anymore in retirement. In summer I live in Grasshoppers, currently rotating between 4 pairs in a variety of colors. In winter I love my Glerups slippers in the house, keeping my feet toasty warm and a pair Clark’s walking shoes that give me support and traction outside. I think having to deal with pattens in their day must have been horrible but the alternative was even worse! Enjoyed the post.

    Reply
  13. Ooh shoes! Great topic, I have a closet full and can’t bring myself to purge even though I hardly wear them anymore in retirement. In summer I live in Grasshoppers, currently rotating between 4 pairs in a variety of colors. In winter I love my Glerups slippers in the house, keeping my feet toasty warm and a pair Clark’s walking shoes that give me support and traction outside. I think having to deal with pattens in their day must have been horrible but the alternative was even worse! Enjoyed the post.

    Reply
  14. Ooh shoes! Great topic, I have a closet full and can’t bring myself to purge even though I hardly wear them anymore in retirement. In summer I live in Grasshoppers, currently rotating between 4 pairs in a variety of colors. In winter I love my Glerups slippers in the house, keeping my feet toasty warm and a pair Clark’s walking shoes that give me support and traction outside. I think having to deal with pattens in their day must have been horrible but the alternative was even worse! Enjoyed the post.

    Reply
  15. Ooh shoes! Great topic, I have a closet full and can’t bring myself to purge even though I hardly wear them anymore in retirement. In summer I live in Grasshoppers, currently rotating between 4 pairs in a variety of colors. In winter I love my Glerups slippers in the house, keeping my feet toasty warm and a pair Clark’s walking shoes that give me support and traction outside. I think having to deal with pattens in their day must have been horrible but the alternative was even worse! Enjoyed the post.

    Reply
  16. I have shoes for different purposes, if I had my choice, I’d be barefoot all the time. Being diabetic makes that a reality of my past. At home I run around in my footies. When I have to wear shoes, I wear old cross-trainers for yard work. At work, I wear black Sketchers. I walk several times a week which helps give my muse a jumpstart, I wear my Merrill hiking shoes or boots depending on how strenuously I need to workout, they are my go to for prowling around cemeteries taking pictures of stones for “Find-a-grave”, or doing my own genealogy work. Running errands or shuttling between doctor appointments, my Teva criss cross sandals (with sock…who wants sunburnt feet?), or my beige Sketchers are in order. On the rare occasion I have to dress up, I have dressy heels with kitten heels or flats. I’m 4’10” Long ago I gave up wearing sky high heels to compete with taller (read that average height) women. My feet and back paid the price. Now my podiatrist has a say in what footwear I wear.

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  17. I have shoes for different purposes, if I had my choice, I’d be barefoot all the time. Being diabetic makes that a reality of my past. At home I run around in my footies. When I have to wear shoes, I wear old cross-trainers for yard work. At work, I wear black Sketchers. I walk several times a week which helps give my muse a jumpstart, I wear my Merrill hiking shoes or boots depending on how strenuously I need to workout, they are my go to for prowling around cemeteries taking pictures of stones for “Find-a-grave”, or doing my own genealogy work. Running errands or shuttling between doctor appointments, my Teva criss cross sandals (with sock…who wants sunburnt feet?), or my beige Sketchers are in order. On the rare occasion I have to dress up, I have dressy heels with kitten heels or flats. I’m 4’10” Long ago I gave up wearing sky high heels to compete with taller (read that average height) women. My feet and back paid the price. Now my podiatrist has a say in what footwear I wear.

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  18. I have shoes for different purposes, if I had my choice, I’d be barefoot all the time. Being diabetic makes that a reality of my past. At home I run around in my footies. When I have to wear shoes, I wear old cross-trainers for yard work. At work, I wear black Sketchers. I walk several times a week which helps give my muse a jumpstart, I wear my Merrill hiking shoes or boots depending on how strenuously I need to workout, they are my go to for prowling around cemeteries taking pictures of stones for “Find-a-grave”, or doing my own genealogy work. Running errands or shuttling between doctor appointments, my Teva criss cross sandals (with sock…who wants sunburnt feet?), or my beige Sketchers are in order. On the rare occasion I have to dress up, I have dressy heels with kitten heels or flats. I’m 4’10” Long ago I gave up wearing sky high heels to compete with taller (read that average height) women. My feet and back paid the price. Now my podiatrist has a say in what footwear I wear.

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  19. I have shoes for different purposes, if I had my choice, I’d be barefoot all the time. Being diabetic makes that a reality of my past. At home I run around in my footies. When I have to wear shoes, I wear old cross-trainers for yard work. At work, I wear black Sketchers. I walk several times a week which helps give my muse a jumpstart, I wear my Merrill hiking shoes or boots depending on how strenuously I need to workout, they are my go to for prowling around cemeteries taking pictures of stones for “Find-a-grave”, or doing my own genealogy work. Running errands or shuttling between doctor appointments, my Teva criss cross sandals (with sock…who wants sunburnt feet?), or my beige Sketchers are in order. On the rare occasion I have to dress up, I have dressy heels with kitten heels or flats. I’m 4’10” Long ago I gave up wearing sky high heels to compete with taller (read that average height) women. My feet and back paid the price. Now my podiatrist has a say in what footwear I wear.

    Reply
  20. I have shoes for different purposes, if I had my choice, I’d be barefoot all the time. Being diabetic makes that a reality of my past. At home I run around in my footies. When I have to wear shoes, I wear old cross-trainers for yard work. At work, I wear black Sketchers. I walk several times a week which helps give my muse a jumpstart, I wear my Merrill hiking shoes or boots depending on how strenuously I need to workout, they are my go to for prowling around cemeteries taking pictures of stones for “Find-a-grave”, or doing my own genealogy work. Running errands or shuttling between doctor appointments, my Teva criss cross sandals (with sock…who wants sunburnt feet?), or my beige Sketchers are in order. On the rare occasion I have to dress up, I have dressy heels with kitten heels or flats. I’m 4’10” Long ago I gave up wearing sky high heels to compete with taller (read that average height) women. My feet and back paid the price. Now my podiatrist has a say in what footwear I wear.

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  21. Nothing makes a woman feel more powerful than a true red pair of shoes.
    That said, I do have a pair of red heels, open back of course, that I still wear when I’m ‘dressed up’. The rest of the time, it’s either Birkies sandals in the summer (I have a morton’s toe and they’re all that fits) with the two strap/heel strap configuration. Yes, sometimes I wear them with white socks too 😉 And in the winter, the newest Skechers that have that wonderful memory foam footbed seem to still fit, even though that one toe is so much longer than it should be.

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  22. Nothing makes a woman feel more powerful than a true red pair of shoes.
    That said, I do have a pair of red heels, open back of course, that I still wear when I’m ‘dressed up’. The rest of the time, it’s either Birkies sandals in the summer (I have a morton’s toe and they’re all that fits) with the two strap/heel strap configuration. Yes, sometimes I wear them with white socks too 😉 And in the winter, the newest Skechers that have that wonderful memory foam footbed seem to still fit, even though that one toe is so much longer than it should be.

    Reply
  23. Nothing makes a woman feel more powerful than a true red pair of shoes.
    That said, I do have a pair of red heels, open back of course, that I still wear when I’m ‘dressed up’. The rest of the time, it’s either Birkies sandals in the summer (I have a morton’s toe and they’re all that fits) with the two strap/heel strap configuration. Yes, sometimes I wear them with white socks too 😉 And in the winter, the newest Skechers that have that wonderful memory foam footbed seem to still fit, even though that one toe is so much longer than it should be.

    Reply
  24. Nothing makes a woman feel more powerful than a true red pair of shoes.
    That said, I do have a pair of red heels, open back of course, that I still wear when I’m ‘dressed up’. The rest of the time, it’s either Birkies sandals in the summer (I have a morton’s toe and they’re all that fits) with the two strap/heel strap configuration. Yes, sometimes I wear them with white socks too 😉 And in the winter, the newest Skechers that have that wonderful memory foam footbed seem to still fit, even though that one toe is so much longer than it should be.

    Reply
  25. Nothing makes a woman feel more powerful than a true red pair of shoes.
    That said, I do have a pair of red heels, open back of course, that I still wear when I’m ‘dressed up’. The rest of the time, it’s either Birkies sandals in the summer (I have a morton’s toe and they’re all that fits) with the two strap/heel strap configuration. Yes, sometimes I wear them with white socks too 😉 And in the winter, the newest Skechers that have that wonderful memory foam footbed seem to still fit, even though that one toe is so much longer than it should be.

    Reply
  26. I can remember wearing spike heels in my youth. I can also remember when often the best part of a date was closing the door and kicking them off. (My feet just sighed in relief at the memory.) When I read a contemporary romance where the hero is admiring the heroine’s legs in her 6-inch heels, I wince.
    These days I go for comfort, which means shoes or sneakers with arch support. They may not be glamorous, but I don’t end up limping.

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  27. I can remember wearing spike heels in my youth. I can also remember when often the best part of a date was closing the door and kicking them off. (My feet just sighed in relief at the memory.) When I read a contemporary romance where the hero is admiring the heroine’s legs in her 6-inch heels, I wince.
    These days I go for comfort, which means shoes or sneakers with arch support. They may not be glamorous, but I don’t end up limping.

    Reply
  28. I can remember wearing spike heels in my youth. I can also remember when often the best part of a date was closing the door and kicking them off. (My feet just sighed in relief at the memory.) When I read a contemporary romance where the hero is admiring the heroine’s legs in her 6-inch heels, I wince.
    These days I go for comfort, which means shoes or sneakers with arch support. They may not be glamorous, but I don’t end up limping.

    Reply
  29. I can remember wearing spike heels in my youth. I can also remember when often the best part of a date was closing the door and kicking them off. (My feet just sighed in relief at the memory.) When I read a contemporary romance where the hero is admiring the heroine’s legs in her 6-inch heels, I wince.
    These days I go for comfort, which means shoes or sneakers with arch support. They may not be glamorous, but I don’t end up limping.

    Reply
  30. I can remember wearing spike heels in my youth. I can also remember when often the best part of a date was closing the door and kicking them off. (My feet just sighed in relief at the memory.) When I read a contemporary romance where the hero is admiring the heroine’s legs in her 6-inch heels, I wince.
    These days I go for comfort, which means shoes or sneakers with arch support. They may not be glamorous, but I don’t end up limping.

    Reply
  31. In the house in winter I wear insulated mocassins. Outside it would be galoshes or sneakers.
    The rest of the year I can’t wait to go back to light, fast, slip on shoes, like Aerosoles.
    If I need heels for an event, it’s kitten heels, or no higherthan 2 1/2″.
    Since I do competitive ballroom dancing, I wear Italian shoes from the Pauel company that have a 2″ slim heel available as most European dance shoe companies.

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  32. In the house in winter I wear insulated mocassins. Outside it would be galoshes or sneakers.
    The rest of the year I can’t wait to go back to light, fast, slip on shoes, like Aerosoles.
    If I need heels for an event, it’s kitten heels, or no higherthan 2 1/2″.
    Since I do competitive ballroom dancing, I wear Italian shoes from the Pauel company that have a 2″ slim heel available as most European dance shoe companies.

    Reply
  33. In the house in winter I wear insulated mocassins. Outside it would be galoshes or sneakers.
    The rest of the year I can’t wait to go back to light, fast, slip on shoes, like Aerosoles.
    If I need heels for an event, it’s kitten heels, or no higherthan 2 1/2″.
    Since I do competitive ballroom dancing, I wear Italian shoes from the Pauel company that have a 2″ slim heel available as most European dance shoe companies.

    Reply
  34. In the house in winter I wear insulated mocassins. Outside it would be galoshes or sneakers.
    The rest of the year I can’t wait to go back to light, fast, slip on shoes, like Aerosoles.
    If I need heels for an event, it’s kitten heels, or no higherthan 2 1/2″.
    Since I do competitive ballroom dancing, I wear Italian shoes from the Pauel company that have a 2″ slim heel available as most European dance shoe companies.

    Reply
  35. In the house in winter I wear insulated mocassins. Outside it would be galoshes or sneakers.
    The rest of the year I can’t wait to go back to light, fast, slip on shoes, like Aerosoles.
    If I need heels for an event, it’s kitten heels, or no higherthan 2 1/2″.
    Since I do competitive ballroom dancing, I wear Italian shoes from the Pauel company that have a 2″ slim heel available as most European dance shoe companies.

    Reply
  36. I have some shoes in my closet that I loved 50-some years ago and can’t bear to give up, then I switched to oxfords for work. I still have a pair of New Balance oxfords forr winter. They fit and are comfortable, but i haven’t found the correct shoestrings so they are very hard to get into.
    When I was taking Tai Chi classes I found a pair of slip-ons, I found a pair of exercise slip-ons that have become the shoe of my choice. I looked at the shoe the other day ans saw that they are also New Balance. I hope they’re still being made, these are beginning to wear out.

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  37. I have some shoes in my closet that I loved 50-some years ago and can’t bear to give up, then I switched to oxfords for work. I still have a pair of New Balance oxfords forr winter. They fit and are comfortable, but i haven’t found the correct shoestrings so they are very hard to get into.
    When I was taking Tai Chi classes I found a pair of slip-ons, I found a pair of exercise slip-ons that have become the shoe of my choice. I looked at the shoe the other day ans saw that they are also New Balance. I hope they’re still being made, these are beginning to wear out.

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  38. I have some shoes in my closet that I loved 50-some years ago and can’t bear to give up, then I switched to oxfords for work. I still have a pair of New Balance oxfords forr winter. They fit and are comfortable, but i haven’t found the correct shoestrings so they are very hard to get into.
    When I was taking Tai Chi classes I found a pair of slip-ons, I found a pair of exercise slip-ons that have become the shoe of my choice. I looked at the shoe the other day ans saw that they are also New Balance. I hope they’re still being made, these are beginning to wear out.

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  39. I have some shoes in my closet that I loved 50-some years ago and can’t bear to give up, then I switched to oxfords for work. I still have a pair of New Balance oxfords forr winter. They fit and are comfortable, but i haven’t found the correct shoestrings so they are very hard to get into.
    When I was taking Tai Chi classes I found a pair of slip-ons, I found a pair of exercise slip-ons that have become the shoe of my choice. I looked at the shoe the other day ans saw that they are also New Balance. I hope they’re still being made, these are beginning to wear out.

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  40. I have some shoes in my closet that I loved 50-some years ago and can’t bear to give up, then I switched to oxfords for work. I still have a pair of New Balance oxfords forr winter. They fit and are comfortable, but i haven’t found the correct shoestrings so they are very hard to get into.
    When I was taking Tai Chi classes I found a pair of slip-ons, I found a pair of exercise slip-ons that have become the shoe of my choice. I looked at the shoe the other day ans saw that they are also New Balance. I hope they’re still being made, these are beginning to wear out.

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  41. Amazing what fascinating aspects of character can be revealed by shoe choices!
    I love this article, mostly because you all let your hair down and went for it.
    I’m a Birkenstock/Crocs gal myself, but my, those red cowboy boots are tempting, especially if I also get to wear them with a lovely, floaty evening dress…
    Thanks for the fun read.

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  42. Amazing what fascinating aspects of character can be revealed by shoe choices!
    I love this article, mostly because you all let your hair down and went for it.
    I’m a Birkenstock/Crocs gal myself, but my, those red cowboy boots are tempting, especially if I also get to wear them with a lovely, floaty evening dress…
    Thanks for the fun read.

    Reply
  43. Amazing what fascinating aspects of character can be revealed by shoe choices!
    I love this article, mostly because you all let your hair down and went for it.
    I’m a Birkenstock/Crocs gal myself, but my, those red cowboy boots are tempting, especially if I also get to wear them with a lovely, floaty evening dress…
    Thanks for the fun read.

    Reply
  44. Amazing what fascinating aspects of character can be revealed by shoe choices!
    I love this article, mostly because you all let your hair down and went for it.
    I’m a Birkenstock/Crocs gal myself, but my, those red cowboy boots are tempting, especially if I also get to wear them with a lovely, floaty evening dress…
    Thanks for the fun read.

    Reply
  45. Amazing what fascinating aspects of character can be revealed by shoe choices!
    I love this article, mostly because you all let your hair down and went for it.
    I’m a Birkenstock/Crocs gal myself, but my, those red cowboy boots are tempting, especially if I also get to wear them with a lovely, floaty evening dress…
    Thanks for the fun read.

    Reply
  46. Like Anne,I am a HUGE FAN of red shoes. It is a disease of some sort. I have a back issue. So, I no longer have heels around at all. I have flats, and quite a few tennis shoes.
    There was a time in the distant past….but not any longer.
    As for what I would not want to wear….I cannot imagine having my feet bound in order to fit into tiny little shoes…even red ones would not entice me into that.

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  47. Like Anne,I am a HUGE FAN of red shoes. It is a disease of some sort. I have a back issue. So, I no longer have heels around at all. I have flats, and quite a few tennis shoes.
    There was a time in the distant past….but not any longer.
    As for what I would not want to wear….I cannot imagine having my feet bound in order to fit into tiny little shoes…even red ones would not entice me into that.

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  48. Like Anne,I am a HUGE FAN of red shoes. It is a disease of some sort. I have a back issue. So, I no longer have heels around at all. I have flats, and quite a few tennis shoes.
    There was a time in the distant past….but not any longer.
    As for what I would not want to wear….I cannot imagine having my feet bound in order to fit into tiny little shoes…even red ones would not entice me into that.

    Reply
  49. Like Anne,I am a HUGE FAN of red shoes. It is a disease of some sort. I have a back issue. So, I no longer have heels around at all. I have flats, and quite a few tennis shoes.
    There was a time in the distant past….but not any longer.
    As for what I would not want to wear….I cannot imagine having my feet bound in order to fit into tiny little shoes…even red ones would not entice me into that.

    Reply
  50. Like Anne,I am a HUGE FAN of red shoes. It is a disease of some sort. I have a back issue. So, I no longer have heels around at all. I have flats, and quite a few tennis shoes.
    There was a time in the distant past….but not any longer.
    As for what I would not want to wear….I cannot imagine having my feet bound in order to fit into tiny little shoes…even red ones would not entice me into that.

    Reply
  51. I’m like you Susan, sandals all the way. I wear them as far into the winter as I can get away with and I also love the ecco footwear. Sketchers then for when I really do have to wear something more substantial. It’s like walking on air. Comfort all the way for me too. Even my dressy shoes are low heeled round toed with a bar velour closing.
    Very interesting post.

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  52. I’m like you Susan, sandals all the way. I wear them as far into the winter as I can get away with and I also love the ecco footwear. Sketchers then for when I really do have to wear something more substantial. It’s like walking on air. Comfort all the way for me too. Even my dressy shoes are low heeled round toed with a bar velour closing.
    Very interesting post.

    Reply
  53. I’m like you Susan, sandals all the way. I wear them as far into the winter as I can get away with and I also love the ecco footwear. Sketchers then for when I really do have to wear something more substantial. It’s like walking on air. Comfort all the way for me too. Even my dressy shoes are low heeled round toed with a bar velour closing.
    Very interesting post.

    Reply
  54. I’m like you Susan, sandals all the way. I wear them as far into the winter as I can get away with and I also love the ecco footwear. Sketchers then for when I really do have to wear something more substantial. It’s like walking on air. Comfort all the way for me too. Even my dressy shoes are low heeled round toed with a bar velour closing.
    Very interesting post.

    Reply
  55. I’m like you Susan, sandals all the way. I wear them as far into the winter as I can get away with and I also love the ecco footwear. Sketchers then for when I really do have to wear something more substantial. It’s like walking on air. Comfort all the way for me too. Even my dressy shoes are low heeled round toed with a bar velour closing.
    Very interesting post.

    Reply
  56. I love shoes, particularly high heels which I wore every day for over thirty years. Yes, they are terrible (and I’m now paying the price), yes, I kicked them off as soon as I hit home, but, they were so pretty. I put one of the pair (black swade–yeah, misspelled, please sound it out–with a pretty black bow) on the other day, after not wearing heels for a couple of decades. Yes, they were lovely. But. . . I couldn’t even stand in them.
    I wonder if you had a high heel made to you, only you (as they used to in Hong Kong and maybe still do), are they that much better? Anyone know? Anyone have an idea of the price?
    I had two pair of old, (at least 25 year old!) sandals I wore which were so comfortable and looked beautiful, but finally, they sole separated from the whole shoe (after so long, I figure the glue dried out). Like a fool, I threw them out. The same thing happened to another pair of shoes and I thought, “I’ll take it to the cobbler.” For $10, they are like new! Oh, how I wish I had kept the collapsed pair. For those of you who don’t have one of these handy men (they usually are old men, in my experience), surely you could find one and mail your shoes.

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  57. I love shoes, particularly high heels which I wore every day for over thirty years. Yes, they are terrible (and I’m now paying the price), yes, I kicked them off as soon as I hit home, but, they were so pretty. I put one of the pair (black swade–yeah, misspelled, please sound it out–with a pretty black bow) on the other day, after not wearing heels for a couple of decades. Yes, they were lovely. But. . . I couldn’t even stand in them.
    I wonder if you had a high heel made to you, only you (as they used to in Hong Kong and maybe still do), are they that much better? Anyone know? Anyone have an idea of the price?
    I had two pair of old, (at least 25 year old!) sandals I wore which were so comfortable and looked beautiful, but finally, they sole separated from the whole shoe (after so long, I figure the glue dried out). Like a fool, I threw them out. The same thing happened to another pair of shoes and I thought, “I’ll take it to the cobbler.” For $10, they are like new! Oh, how I wish I had kept the collapsed pair. For those of you who don’t have one of these handy men (they usually are old men, in my experience), surely you could find one and mail your shoes.

    Reply
  58. I love shoes, particularly high heels which I wore every day for over thirty years. Yes, they are terrible (and I’m now paying the price), yes, I kicked them off as soon as I hit home, but, they were so pretty. I put one of the pair (black swade–yeah, misspelled, please sound it out–with a pretty black bow) on the other day, after not wearing heels for a couple of decades. Yes, they were lovely. But. . . I couldn’t even stand in them.
    I wonder if you had a high heel made to you, only you (as they used to in Hong Kong and maybe still do), are they that much better? Anyone know? Anyone have an idea of the price?
    I had two pair of old, (at least 25 year old!) sandals I wore which were so comfortable and looked beautiful, but finally, they sole separated from the whole shoe (after so long, I figure the glue dried out). Like a fool, I threw them out. The same thing happened to another pair of shoes and I thought, “I’ll take it to the cobbler.” For $10, they are like new! Oh, how I wish I had kept the collapsed pair. For those of you who don’t have one of these handy men (they usually are old men, in my experience), surely you could find one and mail your shoes.

    Reply
  59. I love shoes, particularly high heels which I wore every day for over thirty years. Yes, they are terrible (and I’m now paying the price), yes, I kicked them off as soon as I hit home, but, they were so pretty. I put one of the pair (black swade–yeah, misspelled, please sound it out–with a pretty black bow) on the other day, after not wearing heels for a couple of decades. Yes, they were lovely. But. . . I couldn’t even stand in them.
    I wonder if you had a high heel made to you, only you (as they used to in Hong Kong and maybe still do), are they that much better? Anyone know? Anyone have an idea of the price?
    I had two pair of old, (at least 25 year old!) sandals I wore which were so comfortable and looked beautiful, but finally, they sole separated from the whole shoe (after so long, I figure the glue dried out). Like a fool, I threw them out. The same thing happened to another pair of shoes and I thought, “I’ll take it to the cobbler.” For $10, they are like new! Oh, how I wish I had kept the collapsed pair. For those of you who don’t have one of these handy men (they usually are old men, in my experience), surely you could find one and mail your shoes.

    Reply
  60. I love shoes, particularly high heels which I wore every day for over thirty years. Yes, they are terrible (and I’m now paying the price), yes, I kicked them off as soon as I hit home, but, they were so pretty. I put one of the pair (black swade–yeah, misspelled, please sound it out–with a pretty black bow) on the other day, after not wearing heels for a couple of decades. Yes, they were lovely. But. . . I couldn’t even stand in them.
    I wonder if you had a high heel made to you, only you (as they used to in Hong Kong and maybe still do), are they that much better? Anyone know? Anyone have an idea of the price?
    I had two pair of old, (at least 25 year old!) sandals I wore which were so comfortable and looked beautiful, but finally, they sole separated from the whole shoe (after so long, I figure the glue dried out). Like a fool, I threw them out. The same thing happened to another pair of shoes and I thought, “I’ll take it to the cobbler.” For $10, they are like new! Oh, how I wish I had kept the collapsed pair. For those of you who don’t have one of these handy men (they usually are old men, in my experience), surely you could find one and mail your shoes.

    Reply
  61. Kathy, I know all about the Naot shoes, because they are made on a kibbutz in Israel, where I worked for the better part of a year. This was in the 1970’s, before their shoes became trendy and were exported to the U.S. When I left, they gave a free pair of Naot clogs, and I wore them traveling all over Europe!

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  62. Kathy, I know all about the Naot shoes, because they are made on a kibbutz in Israel, where I worked for the better part of a year. This was in the 1970’s, before their shoes became trendy and were exported to the U.S. When I left, they gave a free pair of Naot clogs, and I wore them traveling all over Europe!

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  63. Kathy, I know all about the Naot shoes, because they are made on a kibbutz in Israel, where I worked for the better part of a year. This was in the 1970’s, before their shoes became trendy and were exported to the U.S. When I left, they gave a free pair of Naot clogs, and I wore them traveling all over Europe!

    Reply
  64. Kathy, I know all about the Naot shoes, because they are made on a kibbutz in Israel, where I worked for the better part of a year. This was in the 1970’s, before their shoes became trendy and were exported to the U.S. When I left, they gave a free pair of Naot clogs, and I wore them traveling all over Europe!

    Reply
  65. Kathy, I know all about the Naot shoes, because they are made on a kibbutz in Israel, where I worked for the better part of a year. This was in the 1970’s, before their shoes became trendy and were exported to the U.S. When I left, they gave a free pair of Naot clogs, and I wore them traveling all over Europe!

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  66. I too gave up heels when I gave up office work. But I still like shoes that are attractive and colorful, and don’t make my feet look like boats! The brands I favor are Clark’s and Easy Spirit, and retro looking Keds sneakers, and Merrill for hiking boots. I have a weakness for tall boots and pretty sandals. And I second Lynda X’s recommendation to find a cobbler. They have repaired not only my favorite shoes, but favorite pocketbooks and even leather wallets!

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  67. I too gave up heels when I gave up office work. But I still like shoes that are attractive and colorful, and don’t make my feet look like boats! The brands I favor are Clark’s and Easy Spirit, and retro looking Keds sneakers, and Merrill for hiking boots. I have a weakness for tall boots and pretty sandals. And I second Lynda X’s recommendation to find a cobbler. They have repaired not only my favorite shoes, but favorite pocketbooks and even leather wallets!

    Reply
  68. I too gave up heels when I gave up office work. But I still like shoes that are attractive and colorful, and don’t make my feet look like boats! The brands I favor are Clark’s and Easy Spirit, and retro looking Keds sneakers, and Merrill for hiking boots. I have a weakness for tall boots and pretty sandals. And I second Lynda X’s recommendation to find a cobbler. They have repaired not only my favorite shoes, but favorite pocketbooks and even leather wallets!

    Reply
  69. I too gave up heels when I gave up office work. But I still like shoes that are attractive and colorful, and don’t make my feet look like boats! The brands I favor are Clark’s and Easy Spirit, and retro looking Keds sneakers, and Merrill for hiking boots. I have a weakness for tall boots and pretty sandals. And I second Lynda X’s recommendation to find a cobbler. They have repaired not only my favorite shoes, but favorite pocketbooks and even leather wallets!

    Reply
  70. I too gave up heels when I gave up office work. But I still like shoes that are attractive and colorful, and don’t make my feet look like boats! The brands I favor are Clark’s and Easy Spirit, and retro looking Keds sneakers, and Merrill for hiking boots. I have a weakness for tall boots and pretty sandals. And I second Lynda X’s recommendation to find a cobbler. They have repaired not only my favorite shoes, but favorite pocketbooks and even leather wallets!

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  71. What a fun topic and to see the photos of your favorite shoes. I never liked high heels but I love sandals and wear them with socks till the snow gets too deep. I have wide feet so sandals let me spread them out in comfort. I also go barefoot often in the summer around the house and outside. My feet are tough so no fancy narrow shoes for me.

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  72. What a fun topic and to see the photos of your favorite shoes. I never liked high heels but I love sandals and wear them with socks till the snow gets too deep. I have wide feet so sandals let me spread them out in comfort. I also go barefoot often in the summer around the house and outside. My feet are tough so no fancy narrow shoes for me.

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  73. What a fun topic and to see the photos of your favorite shoes. I never liked high heels but I love sandals and wear them with socks till the snow gets too deep. I have wide feet so sandals let me spread them out in comfort. I also go barefoot often in the summer around the house and outside. My feet are tough so no fancy narrow shoes for me.

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  74. What a fun topic and to see the photos of your favorite shoes. I never liked high heels but I love sandals and wear them with socks till the snow gets too deep. I have wide feet so sandals let me spread them out in comfort. I also go barefoot often in the summer around the house and outside. My feet are tough so no fancy narrow shoes for me.

    Reply
  75. What a fun topic and to see the photos of your favorite shoes. I never liked high heels but I love sandals and wear them with socks till the snow gets too deep. I have wide feet so sandals let me spread them out in comfort. I also go barefoot often in the summer around the house and outside. My feet are tough so no fancy narrow shoes for me.

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  76. New member SerenaDB. I was a child who grew up bare footing it in summer, sturdy shoes in winter, patent leather Mary Jane’s for Sunday school. Never comfortable in heels, but my favorite for years were one inch black sandals lots of thin crossing straps, my go to dress up shoes for years till a strap broke. These days Bass Fisherman sandals in summer, with or without socks, black men’s Oxford style rubber soled walking shoes [used to be Yukons, now a new brand I can’t remember] in the winter when I leave home. At home I revert. Bare feet or when the Pacfic Northwest days grow cold, double layer fuzzy socks. I love the stories about favorite shoes both from the Word Wenches and readers. A family friend, short, Italian background, wore high heels all her working life, leading to leg muscles uncomfortable walking flat footed. She had high heel slippers to be comfortable at home. I felt sorry for her.

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  77. New member SerenaDB. I was a child who grew up bare footing it in summer, sturdy shoes in winter, patent leather Mary Jane’s for Sunday school. Never comfortable in heels, but my favorite for years were one inch black sandals lots of thin crossing straps, my go to dress up shoes for years till a strap broke. These days Bass Fisherman sandals in summer, with or without socks, black men’s Oxford style rubber soled walking shoes [used to be Yukons, now a new brand I can’t remember] in the winter when I leave home. At home I revert. Bare feet or when the Pacfic Northwest days grow cold, double layer fuzzy socks. I love the stories about favorite shoes both from the Word Wenches and readers. A family friend, short, Italian background, wore high heels all her working life, leading to leg muscles uncomfortable walking flat footed. She had high heel slippers to be comfortable at home. I felt sorry for her.

    Reply
  78. New member SerenaDB. I was a child who grew up bare footing it in summer, sturdy shoes in winter, patent leather Mary Jane’s for Sunday school. Never comfortable in heels, but my favorite for years were one inch black sandals lots of thin crossing straps, my go to dress up shoes for years till a strap broke. These days Bass Fisherman sandals in summer, with or without socks, black men’s Oxford style rubber soled walking shoes [used to be Yukons, now a new brand I can’t remember] in the winter when I leave home. At home I revert. Bare feet or when the Pacfic Northwest days grow cold, double layer fuzzy socks. I love the stories about favorite shoes both from the Word Wenches and readers. A family friend, short, Italian background, wore high heels all her working life, leading to leg muscles uncomfortable walking flat footed. She had high heel slippers to be comfortable at home. I felt sorry for her.

    Reply
  79. New member SerenaDB. I was a child who grew up bare footing it in summer, sturdy shoes in winter, patent leather Mary Jane’s for Sunday school. Never comfortable in heels, but my favorite for years were one inch black sandals lots of thin crossing straps, my go to dress up shoes for years till a strap broke. These days Bass Fisherman sandals in summer, with or without socks, black men’s Oxford style rubber soled walking shoes [used to be Yukons, now a new brand I can’t remember] in the winter when I leave home. At home I revert. Bare feet or when the Pacfic Northwest days grow cold, double layer fuzzy socks. I love the stories about favorite shoes both from the Word Wenches and readers. A family friend, short, Italian background, wore high heels all her working life, leading to leg muscles uncomfortable walking flat footed. She had high heel slippers to be comfortable at home. I felt sorry for her.

    Reply
  80. New member SerenaDB. I was a child who grew up bare footing it in summer, sturdy shoes in winter, patent leather Mary Jane’s for Sunday school. Never comfortable in heels, but my favorite for years were one inch black sandals lots of thin crossing straps, my go to dress up shoes for years till a strap broke. These days Bass Fisherman sandals in summer, with or without socks, black men’s Oxford style rubber soled walking shoes [used to be Yukons, now a new brand I can’t remember] in the winter when I leave home. At home I revert. Bare feet or when the Pacfic Northwest days grow cold, double layer fuzzy socks. I love the stories about favorite shoes both from the Word Wenches and readers. A family friend, short, Italian background, wore high heels all her working life, leading to leg muscles uncomfortable walking flat footed. She had high heel slippers to be comfortable at home. I felt sorry for her.

    Reply

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