Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday Five - Shoes

The RevGalBlogPals are talking about shoes.

What is your favorite footwear at this time in your life?

I took a little time in between college and seminary and worked as an executive secretary in downtown San Francisco. High Fashion was expected. I had high heels in nearly every color. When I was having babies, fashion was not a priority. But I renewed my love for shoes and high heels when shopping with my daughter in high school. I often would buy the exact same pair of shoes she got in my size. So while other women my age are eschewing fashion for comfort, I'm still wearing high heels. Not for long periods of time and certainly not to walk very far. I can stand to wear heels for meetings and about an hour long worship service. They usually get kicked off for coffee hour.

2. What was the craziest shoe, boot, or sandal you ever wore?
I was in high school in the 70s. We wore those ridiculous clogs and giant clunky heels I would never wear again, regardless of fashion or comfort because they were UGLY.

3. What kind of shoes did you wear in your childhood? I grew up in southern california and I believe I wore flip flops most of the time. But I cannot stand flip flops anymore. I cannot abide anything between my toes.

4. How do you feel most comfortable? Barefoot, flip-flops, boots, or what? I hate to be barefoot even in the summer in the house. I like slippers. I have two of the exact same pair of fleece lined slippers from Sierra Trading Post one for at home and one for in my office at church.

5. What kind of socks do you like, if any? Thin socks. But always socks. Do you know young people don't wear socks? Or hose? Once we had to go to a wedding and I found myself without any panty hose and my daughter talked me into slathering self-tanning and face make up on my legs and wearing my heels without any hose. That did not feel good to me. But she never wears any socks with her shoes.

Bonus: Anything you want to share about feet or footwear - A little tip about figure skates. Do not tell me you cannot skate because you have "weak ankles" - you probably had poorly fitting skates. Skates are supposed to support your ankles. If your ankles are wobbly you have poorly fitted and bad quality skates. Also skates are SUPPOSED to be uncomfortable. You get used to it. Which is probably why I tolerate uncomfortable shoes.


  1. I enjoyed reading about your transitions in shoe styles. I'm always impressed with people like you who can look elegant and even WALK in high heels!

  2. I'm with Jan, impressed; and so agree about the flip-flops. I can wear moccasins without socks, but dress-up shoes? no way.

  3. Those red pumps are darling. And it makes perfect sense that good skates would support your ankles!

  4. Never liked heels much because I'm taller than so many people even when I have no shoes on. Now I can't wear heels because of knee arthritis. Not many shoes accommodate orthodics. But I have found some sort of dressy sort of flat shoes in which I can put drug store orthodics and get by. But shoes to me are :-(. got to have them, but I stick with about 3 pairs that I can actually wear comfortably.

  5. I grew up in TX so skating was not a past time. Now, NOBODY will get me out on ice. I don't care how comfortable they are. Ice is still ICE!

  6. I'm coveting the red shoes in the picture! I also love to wear fabulous shoes under my alb.