In my first shoe blog, I stated that I love shoes. However, I am very particular about my shoes and over the years I have remained pretty consistent in what I’ll wear.
One year when I was in grade school my parents went school shopping for me and my siblings and brought home saddle oxfords for me.
As a child I hated those shoes; I thought they were the ugliest shoes ever (and actually still do!). I did not want to wear them because I was convinced I’d be the laughing stock or the butt of jokes at school! I pleaded with my parents to return the shoes to the store, but they would not! I asked my dad why did I have to wear those ugly shoes and he said, “Girl, those are good shoes!” (You may notice that as a child I was often referred to by adult family members as girl, gal, or gaa instead of my given name. I believe gal and gaa, [a derivative of gal], is southern vernacular.) I have to admit that they were good shoes! They were leather and very well constructed and could take a beating. I was taught to appreciate good, well constructed clothing and shoes. Oftentimes, I find that the good, very well constructed shoes are either unattractive, expensive or both!
I can not wear unattractive shoes. I think those saddle shoes are to blame! I much rather have a pretty pair like those below. Thank God I only had to wear saddle oxfords for one school year!