Good morning! Beth WA here, enjoying this crisp, beautiful fall Ohio day. Just got back from a brisk walk, and enjoying a bowl of steel cut oats with pumpkin! Yum. I am having a Halloween Party tonight, and I am extremely unprepared, as well as unmotivated to change that. So, hopefully, after this blog entry, I’ll get moving.
Anyway, on to the topic I wanted to write about. Shoes.
As a person who has been overweight for most of my life, when I go shopping with friends I usually gravitate toward shoes and purses. Simply because, they always fit. And even shoes aren’t that fun, because I wear a size 10//11, and until recently the selection was rather limited. And, then for a long time, I had the problem where I would buy these shoes that I wanted to wear. They would fit in the store. I could walk a few steps in them, no problem. But, when it comes to actually wearing them for an evening….NO WAY would I choose them. So, they just sit in my closet gathering dust.
Granted, these aren’t even in style any more, because I did break this habit about 4 years ago. Okay, maybe one of those pairs I bought last year, but the rest are purchased at least 4 years ago, if not more.
So, about 3-4 years ago, I had an intervention with myself about shoes. This happened when day after day as I was getting ready to go to work, where I stand all day, I couldn’t figure out shoes to wear. I knew I had to start buying sensible shoes, but I still wanted them to be semi-stylish. So, I entered the world of Merrills and Keens.
The problem with these shoes is, while they give the desired comfort level, I feel frumpy in them, and they are expensive. I mean, I tried to choose the cutest of the selection, but, still, I don’t exactly feel hip or stylish in them.
So, last year I mentored a brand new teacher. It was her first year out of college. She was young, hip, and fun. Her and I clicked immediately, and became fast friends. I noticed that she was always wearing “TOM’S” shoes, and she would always sing their praises. So, finally I took the plunge and bought myself a gray pair.
And I haven’t turned back.
I LOVED them. I had found my “sole” mate. (Sorry, had to do it.) They were a perfect alternative to flip-flops with capris, because frankly, I was over flip flops. I mean, I still have a million pair, and wear them often, but I wanted something that was a little more…shoe. I should probably be “capris,” too, but I don’t think that will ever happen.
They are SUPER comfortable, and not only do I feel hip and stylish when I wear them, I also feel politically correct because when you buy a pair of TOM’S, they donate a pair of shoes to somebody who needs them. So, that also extinguishes the guilt I feel for the fact that they are pricey.
I love to wear them with jeans, with pants, with capris, with skirts…and there are SO many different kinds. Here is my collection:
Maybe someday I will lose all this weight I need to lose, get in excellent shape, and be able to wear heels comfortably. But, until then, I am loving my TOM’S.
I try not to play favorites, but between you and me, these are my favs:
What are your favorite “go to” shoes?