Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Flats are for quitters"

I remember working at the LRC at BYU. I typically wore shoes with a bit of a heel. One day I came in tennis shoes and everyone was shocked at how short I was. I felt like I had been living a lie. I usually wear heels to church, but a few weeks ago I wore some black flats and when I got up to teach Sunday School, I found myself standing on my tippy toes to look over the podium. I felt like a little girl.

I love wearing heels, I like feeling taller and they’re good for my posture (and make walking uphill and stairs easier) but something has happened. I don’t know whether it’s current fashion trends or ten hour work days that make flats more appealing.

I do know that once I started working ten hour days I was in denial about putting shoes on that early in the morning. It would be snowing outside, I would be wearing nice slacks and I would be walking around in flip flops as I ate my breakfast at 6:30 AM. I ended up just wearing them to work sometimes (don't worry, I kept some nicer shoes at my desk).

Earlier this spring I bought those yellow Steve Madden flats you see pictured above. I had no idea I'd end up wearing them as much as I did -- at least two days a week -- even if they didn’t really match my outfit. I didn’t care. They were as easy as flip flops making them a good alternative. So I decided to buy them in red to give the yellow pair a break. And now you’ll usually see me wearing red or yellow flats. They’re just so dang comfy.

You may remember my purple wedges from before. They’re not EXACTLY flats, but they’re flattish. My sister recently told me all my shoes are the same. They’re not. I just wear my flats lately. According to 30 Rock’s Avery Jessup, that makes me a quitter.

And then this past Monday came and I found myself walking around in my yellow flats in cold, wet slushy snow and I realized the weather is dictating a turn in what I should be wearing on my feet -- something that maybe raises them above the wet ground a little more. I’m going to have to pick up my feet and give other shoes a try.

Anyone have boot recommendations?


Kell's Belles said...

Bravo on the red flats! I wear my red ballet flats all the time. I wasn't sure how practical they would be, but they are a for me staple now. In my book, red is a neutral :)

I have some Merrell Tetra Launch waterproof boots ( and I'm obsessed with them. They are pricey, but I've worn them constantly for two winters and they still look brand new. I know I'll be wearing them for years to come. I get lots of compliments, too. I highly, highly recommend them. We can be twins!

Please don't buy Croc boots. Chloe made me get her some of those and they atrocious. DO NOT be twins with her!!!

Chicks-with-Sticks said...

my new favorites shoes are my Dansko clogs. still the slip on, but sturdier and can be worn with or w/o socks. love them. want more!

Liz said...

You are a total copy cat! I bought my Dansko's (brownish/redish mary jane's) a couple of years ago, and loved them so much I bought another pair in black just for London. Yes they are way easy to slip on and off and they last forever! And I guess they are all the rage in the medical field, so you can pretend you are a doctor!

Thomas said...

This thread exposes one of the big differences between men and women. Generally, men don't care as much about footwear; there is no male counterpart to Imelda Marcos.

Eric said...

i'll go boot shopping with you anytime, Laura. and will even give opinions if you wish to have them. my sisters say that i would be very well dressed as a woman...
not sure quite how that sits with me.. seriously, though, if you just want to wander sometime and see what there is to see and try a few, i'm down for going along. let me know!