Hello. My name is Marea Smith and I like shoes. In fact, one of my favorite spaces in our home is our shoe closet (and when I say “our” I really mean “my”). While half is technically my husband’s, he certainly gets the much smaller half.
If you know me well, you know I’m thrifty; however, I rarely skimp on shoes. Granted, I’ll scour online for a deal on Clarks and Born but I will rarely buy “cheap” shoes. After two decades on concrete classroom floors, I strongly believe that The Right Shoe Really Does Matter.
For years I worked with a woman I lovingly referred to as “Mrs.Clippy-Clop”. She is an amazing 1st grade teacher. Stylish and petite, “Mrs. Clippy-Clop” always wears heals. In fact, I didn’t have to ask the 6-year-old wearing plastic, Princess heels on the playground who her teacher was. There was no denying she belonged to “Mrs. Clippy-Clop”.
You’ll rarely find me in heels. Not only am I taller than my husband in bare feet, but heels aren’t my cup-of-tea. Flip flops fit the bill. It was a sad day indeed when plantar fasciitis required more support than the average flip-flop provides.
I’ve certainly not been in flip-flops when venturing out of our home the last 2 weeks. While my hometown normally remains mild during the winter, we had a record 10 inches of snow 10 days ago. Combined with a record cold snap, the snow (which normally melts within a day or two) still blankets the ground. Snow boots have been my shoe of choice ever since. While we don’t have an opportunity to wear snow boots often (nor do we often wear rain boots around here) I was glad to have a pair of black and a pair of brown on the top shelf of my shoe closet.
Many years ago two of my colleagues found and fell in love with Z-Coil footwear. I was in my late 20s and I’d not yet dealt with lower back or foot pain. I remember thinking that I’d never own a pair as they are the quintessential comfort over cute shoe option. Fast forward 15 years and you’ll find me going about my day in warm, comfy socks and my favorite, extra-cushioned flops.
If the shoe fits…
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