I jumped with glee at the theme for TCT Challenge. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE shoes. I think my husband can tell you I have one too many compared to his minimalist collection. Lately I have found that I prefer wearing comfortable shoes that a friend refers to as my “hippie” shoes. When I was younger I wanted to look the part of a fashionista, so you could find me wearing heels of all sizes. I think it all started when I lived in South America. I wanted to fit in, so I would regularly wear a pair of heels. It didn’t matter if I was running down to the store to pick up some fruits, or heading to class, or going out with friends, I was always in a pair of heels (closed toe, open toe or boots). Now, only on special occasions will I put on a pair of heels.
Since I don’t care as much about looking the part of a fashionista, I am usually sporting a pair of comfortable flat shoes or sandals. Especially the kind that doesn’t involve straps with a buckle. I love velcro and ladder locks. I think ever since security at the airports required everyone to remove their shoes, I try to only wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off. Living in Hawai’i where it can get hot and humid, it is important to wear shoes that can handle the tropical weather. When visiting family and friends here in Hawai’i, it is customary to take off your shoes before entering their home. Now that I have a little one to tot around, it is hard to bend over and unbuckle my sandals, hence slip ons are the best!
In the past, I would leisurely peruse through the large department stores to look at the cute new heels. But lately, I am drawn to only comfort and practicality, so it is usually a quick in and out at the shoe store – just to make sure they fit. I still do believe shoes define a person, as it reflects their personality and provides us a hint of their lifestyle. Sometimes, when I feel like going on an adventure, I put on a pair of sandals, and walk about town. Having said all this, at the end of the day, I love to kick back and walk around barefoot. There is nothing better than having your feet touch the ground and soak in the energy from the earth.
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