Google couldn't find a picture of a woman who hates shoe shopping... so I guess this will have to do.

Google couldn’t find a picture of a woman who hates shoe shopping… so I guess this will have to do.

Today was shoe buying day.

This happens about once every six months, just like good dental hygiene, so I should be good now until December unless I get a cavity in the soles of my running shoes before then. As the weather gets hotter, I’ve realized that I needed some kind of sandal for the summer to replace my knee-high black boots. Something a little bit classier than a dollar store flip flop. Normal girls would not find this to be a chore, but it was a task that had been on my list for over a week without getting crossed off, so I decided that today was the day.

Luckily for me, I found almost exactly what I wanted on the Clearance rack within five minutes of walking in the store, after which I spent another twenty minutes second guessing myself because “surely it can’t be that easy”.

But it was.

After carrying the shoes around with me for half an hour I finally decided they were the ones, paid for them, and went home to wear them around the house for the rest of the day to break them in.

Now that I’m entering the working world (at least, I’m attempting to enter it) I’m trying to upgrade my wardrobe out of the jeans-and-lumpy-sweater habits of a graduate student. This means dry cleaning. This means ironing. (Not that I’ve made it to this level yet). This means wearing heels. Heels are a tricky balancing act: too low and they don’t seem serious, too high and they limit my ability to function. Too strappy or colorful then they’re not Appropriate Business Attire. Too drab and they look dated and dowdy.

I think I’ve found a middle ground- neutral color, medium heel, strappy like a sandal but not scandalous. Buckles. (Most of the twenty minutes of wandering was looking for a comparable shoe that was a slip-on). Comfortable enough to wear around the house all day- even doing laundry (I know- I tested this).

Alright. I think I’m ready for the summer.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on June 6, 2016.

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