I am a certified shoeaholic.
I love shoes. At one point, a nurse I worked with joked that he had never seen me in the same pair of shoes twice (for the record, I don’t have that many).
Shoes express your personality. Shoes are an accessory. And yes, Cinderella is correct, the right pair of shoes can change your life.
As Thursday is the first day of Spring, we are entering the time of year where it is no longer appropriate for my favorite knee high boots and not time for my fun sandals. As happy as I am to welcome spring and warm weather, it always saddens me when it is time for me to store one of my favorite things in my wardrobe – my boots.
Sadly, this year I must acknowledge that it is time to let go of a pair that I have had over 7 years. I knew I needed to do it last winter. However, I wasn’t ready to let go.
These beautiful boots have seen a lot of places.
- I’ve walked and toured New York City in these boots. (I was wearing them when someone actually asked me for directions. I like to think the boots made me look like I belonged there).
- They’ve been the perfect accessory with a little black dress in Vegas.
- I’ve ran through airports and stood all day as a presenter in these boots.
- These boots have been worn with skirts and dresses.
- They have taken me to date night and girls night out with a pair of jeans.
- They have walked through the mud on a construction site and across a college campus.
- These boots went with everything.
I’ve had them reheeled at least three times and the sole has now developed a small hole at the tip.The leather is showing the years of wear. I realized last winter that I should retire them. However, I wasn’t ready to let them go without a replacement pair. Thus, I stored them back in their box.
I pulled them back out last October and wore them sparingly only at times when I needed to feel extra special. I treated them like a fine piece of chocolate that I couldn’t indulge in too often. I searched throughout the year for the perfect replacement pair. I purchased a few pairs only to bring them home and realize they weren’t right.
Studies has shown that when individuals wear a t-shirt of a superhero that they report feeling more confident. In essence, the t-shirt becomes their work outfit. As I think about it, these boots provided much of the same for me.
Marilyn Monroe’s quote very much reports how my boots made me feel. These boots provided confidence. Although the heel at 3 inches high is not my highest heel, I stood taller and was noticed more often. When I wore them, I felt I could accomplish things.
I have not decided if I will completely discard these boots or if I will store them again. Although I purchased a new pair late in the season, they do not compare.
What items are in your closet that bring you confidence? Do you keep them? .