Tuesday, May 29, 2012
A Pair of Shoes
I bought them 9 years ago when I was on my internship in D.C.--they are Steve Madden's but I got them on sale. They were worth every penny.
I love that they are my favorite Moss Green color, trimmed with khaki and have rivets, but then they are Mary Janes, and have orange elastic straps and are lined with orange as well. They are the perfect combination. Grunge yet girly. Unassuming yet punk. When I wear these shoes I feel like I look like me.
That's why I have worn them to death. The rubber soles have holes in them. The rubber that came up over the toes is cracked and falling away. The orange lining has not been the color orange for years. The retirement is long overdue, yet I have such a hard time getting rid of them. Because I need a replacement. I can't get rid of my go-to shoes without a replacement.
But it's so hard to find a pair of shoes that make me feel like I feel when I wear these shoes. I feel genuine, I feel free. These shoes are me. They aren't shoes that I'm wearing because they are trendy or popular--like some shoes I own. These aren't shoes that I'm wearing simply because they fit and were on sale--like some shoes I own.
These shoes were comfortable and durable, attractive and empowering. And I'm going to miss them.
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