I had two grandmothers.
One grandmother always wore high heel shoes, even to vacuum which she only did in the late 80s after the maid was let go. This grandmother never hiked, never walked around for fun, never worked in the yard. Her foot wear consisted solely of high heels; T-straps, ankle straps, pumps. And never white shoes after Labor Day. She wore high heels for the ride to dinner in a wheelchair.
My other grandmother wore those smooth leather, taupe colored easy spirit kinds of shoes that were comfortable and completely practical because taupe goes with every polyester pantsuit a person can find at K-Mart. This grandmother traveled and only wore shoes that would match everything, taupe and black in the winter and in the summer, heavy, flat soled sandals.
Last week I found out I am going to be a grandmother. In response, I purchased three pairs of summer shoes from Land’s End. I ordered one pair of sandals in orange polka dot, one pair of comfy sandals in green and one pair of slides in formal navy. Each of the styles were offered in taupe, which is a a very practical color and would go with every outfit. The web site also offered pumps, very versatile, a person could vacuum in those. But I cannot buy taupe shoes, I could never buy taupe shoes. It wasn’t until just now that I realized why.
What does your footwear say about you? About anyone? If the eyes are the window to the soul, shoes are the manifestation of a life precariously, practically, or well lived.