Stories from my Sketchbook . . .
I don’t think the question ‘Can I run in these?’ was one I ever asked myself when considering the purchase of a new pair of shoes (except maybe for sneakers, although possibly not even then if they were really cute). In fact, looking back at some of the shoes I have worn over the years I am not sure that even being able to walk in them was much of a consideration either.
I’ve always had a thing for shoes and I’ve pretty much had them all—flats, ballets, heels, boots, sandals, clogs, platforms, wedges, strappy, buckled, lace-ups and peep-toes.
And why not? Shoes really are a necessity. No matter what else you are wearing you do still need shoes. Flats, ballets, or sneakers for everyday wear, heels for work or special occasions, sandals for the summer, boots for the winter. And of course you have to think about different colours and styles as well because they have to ‘go’ with the clothes that you already have. (Unless of course you buy the shoes first and then buy an outfit to match them—but that’s a whole other thing . . .) Anyway, it has always seemed entirely reasonable to me to have (at least) a dozen or so pair of shoes to choose from.
(One set of statistics I saw states that most women admit to owning at least 10 pairs of shoes, and one in every 12 women claims to have over 100 pairs. I imagine the words ‘admit to owning’ allows plenty of wiggle-room here.)
I haven’t actually counted how many pairs of shoes I own at the moment but I can tell you it is more than 10 and a lot less than 100 (remember I have been downsizing lately) but it is absolutely sure and certain that I do not need to buy another pair of shoes any time soon.
It also absolutely sure and certain that when it comes to the purchase of a new pair of shoes need has very little to do with it . . .