Fantastic Shoes for the Traveler
What is it about amazing shoes that makes them so indefinably mind-shifting? Everybody has felt that fleeting, wonderful sense that your click-clacking heels, while carrying you down a busy city street, are somehow also taking you unerringly towards success and happiness.
Slipping on a beautiful item of well-designed footwear is inherently self-pampering, yes, but there is a fleeting feeling of slipping on a character as well. When you slide on those strappy stilettos, ease into those comfy sling backs, lace up your faithful trainers or buckle on your funky boots, you are not only putting on a pair of shoes, you are putting on a persona – a version of you that lives up to the fashion statement on your feet.
Many women (and more men than you would think) have felt that transcendent sense of joy that immediately hits home when glancing past a sale sign and locking eyes with the perfect pair of shoes – marked down. It is as if they whisper, “Take me home. I am uncorrupted. Look at my flawless curves, hand-stitched in butter-soft leather, designed by a master-crafter. I will walk with you for years, singing my clicks of hope. I am also half-price, today only.” Regardless of your reaction – a relieved sigh or a tussle with guilt and credit cards – the magic of a moment like that is priceless.
Granted, that is a pretty extreme example of the emotional and mental influence of footwear, but there are hundreds of other examples, from subtle to overt. The simplest, perhaps, is their ability to invoke memory – glimpse pumps with pink satin and it is your sixteenth birthday all over again, hear kids flip-flopping past and you can taste the cocktail you drank at the beach that day.
Sometimes, the right foot-fashion can evoke a sense of purpose. That set of battered trainers paints you as a road warrior, able to jog multiple miles on a single smoothie. The smart two-tone pumps turn you into the alpha-executive, fielding questions and jockeying slides like nobody’s business. And all bets are off when sporting those mile-high, calf-shaping stilettos.
When you choose your shoes for the day, you are really saying what you want to achieve during the day. Maybe you want to secure your professional stomping ground, conquer a mountain, ferry children to soccer practice, go salsa dancing, paint the town red, get your accounts back in the black or find your next pair of amazing shoes meeting up with a friend out of the blue – the soles you choose will take you there, so pick carefully.
Which shoe is for you is your choice, of course. Regardless of whether design loses to durability or fashion beats design, what you clothe your feet in is a crucial decision, like it or not. Your range of movement, posture and stamina are affected by your footwear – physically, your toes’ togs may decide your comfort level. That alone has psychological ramifications. Add in materials, support, lift, color, accessories – even electronics nowadays – and it is easy to see how your outlook can be helped or hindered by your shoes.
Yes, amazing shoes can make you feel amazing. So the next time you find yourself looking at your collection of footwear, take a moment to consider what you would like to feel today, ditch all those negative thoughts we all seem to foster, and pretend you are Dorothy.