Something I find really interesting is that, whenever I go shoe shopping, the salesperson often comments on the shoe that I’ve tried on.
That shoe, and how it stands alone, is not my concern. It looked like a pretty shoe before I put it on my foot. You already knew that it looked like a pretty shoe before I put it on my foot.
My concern is how it makes ME look.
Yes, I’m self-centred but, really, if we’re talking about buying new pretty things, that’s really what we’re all going for anyways. No?
When I pick a shoe, my primary concern is what the shoe provides me.
Do the shoes make my legs look longer? Leaner? Balanced? Top Heavy? Do I look like Big Foot?
Often, especially when people select boots, we are more concerned about the appearance of the shoe than the appearance of ourselves inside of the shoe. I’ve seen shoes take long legged wonder women and cut their legs down to those of a portly, adolescent, male*. The shoes were gorgeous, of course.
So, I challenge you. Go take your shoes out of their closet space and get ready for some seriously honest mirror time. Here’s what we’re going to do:
- Wipe off your shoes. These bad boys live on the ground; occasional touch ups and protective coats have been earned by these poor soles.
- Try on your shoes with something that you think you’d normally pair them with.
- Ask yourself, outside of colour, how do these shoes contribute to your appearance?
- Follow up with: Is that what I want them to do?
- If what your shoes do is different from what you had intended them to do, try pairing them with something else to see if it makes a difference.
- If these shoes are still faux-amis, donate them.
Keeping shoes around that don’t help you out will just clutter your living space.
You’re a busy person, you don’t need that.
*disclaimer: if your goal is having your legs look like that of a portly, adolescent, male…then you rock those crazy shoes.
**disclaimer: there is clearly nothing innately wrong with portly, adolescent, males.