Wednesday, August 5, 2015

New Shoes

We cannot solve our problems wearing the same shoes we wore in creating them.
                                                                                   --Leigh Weinraub

This quote is from an article "Awakening to Walk and Talk Therapy," Spirituality&Health
(May/June, 2015, p32).  Leigh Weinraub was a tennis player and coach who is now a psychologist with a private practice.  The article was about how she uses walking in nature with clients as an alternative to sitting in an office and just talking about problems while the therapist sits in a chair of authority.  I can understand that, but the quote above just strikes me as a good excuse to go shoe shopping.

I have shoe shopping on my mind because I had to do some shopping.

My nephew is getting married on Saturday.  Their wedding website says, Attire: Formal.  Occasions for dressy clothes in my life--well let's just say I did need to go out and buy a dress.  Then I realized I did not have shoes to go with it.  Another shopping trip.

I found a plain pair of pumps with a fairly low but still noticeable heel.  It has been so long since I had heels on my feet that I have had to wear them around the house to practice walking without turning an ankle.  It's not like riding a bike.  You do forget. Or lose muscle memory.

My sister-in-law suggested that I wrap an ankle in ace bandages and borrow a pair of crutches, make up a story about a non-shoe related accident, and wear comfy slippers to the wedding.  Hmmm...kind of a practical idea.

A google image

17 comments:

  1. I still wear heals to church on Sunday. I also wear them when I go out to a dressy occasion. I no longer can wear many of the heals I wore for years, but I am still comfortable in them. I prefer them to wearing flip flops. I can't wear those!

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  2. Or fancy schmancy flip flops! Actually, the slippers aren't a bad idea. Go for it!

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  3. I think the last time I wore formal attire was my daughter's wedding many, many years ago. If anybody else gets married, I'm still wearing flats. I'm too much of a klutz.

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  4. Will you show us your dress?

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  5. I love shopping but only when I have nothing in particular to purchase. If I'm looking for something in particular I can never find it so I'm impressed that you found both a dress and shoes. The shoes are gorgeous by the way, I like the lower heel.

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  6. I like the idea of walking therapy. I wonder how well it works in comparison to a standard office setting?

    Enjoy the wedding.

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  7. Walking (and talking) is therapy. I used to walk every week in a park nearby with a friend. It was wonderful. She passed a few years ago... and I miss her and our walking talks. And I don't like shopping. Never have. Don't like heels either. Since retirement I basically wear jeans and Reeboks year-round... except for dress-up (which is hardly ever these days) when I can get away with a semi-heeled boot (lucky this is Texas and a popular look).

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  8. I can't even imagine wearing heels again. Even a dress would be a stretch for me! I do think walking is as good as therapy to enhance well-being (however, don't try it in heels).

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  9. I used to love wearing heels, but those days are gone now. If that photo is like your shoes, then I love them.

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  10. I was so glad to get out of heels when I retired and haven't worn them in years. Yes I have happy feet. I may have to buy some crutches just in case for a future event. Not a bad idea.

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  11. I love the crutches idea! Reminded me of a movie I saw ages ago about a young lady who was missing a leg. She had a doctor put a fake cast on so she could to a ski resort and look normal! She told everyone she broke it skiing.

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  12. Good for you. I refuse to wear heels but do have some glittery flats as well as some brightly colored turquoise ones to match things I own!

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  13. I must look up that book. My son loves to play tennis and he'd like that book.

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  14. I'd be up a creek if I had to wear heels. I long since gave them up due to too many foot issues. I like the ace bandage idea myself.

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  15. I also have too many foot problems to be able to wear heels or dressy shoes. That's one reason why I never wear skirts or dresses anymore. I have dressy pants suits and get by with comfortable shoes just like men get to.

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    1. Oh, well, I love to wear skirts and dresses, but I wear them with flats. I am fortunate to not have problem feet. I credit my mother who made me wear the ugly shoes as a child.

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  16. I stopped ballroom dancing when my high heels no longer fit my large feet. Good luck at the wedding. Enjoy the cake!

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