This ’n’ That by Nicky De Lange
A quick warning: this column is about women’s shoes and what
I think about them. If you are a woman who goes nuts over footwear, you probably should sit down and brace yourself before reading on. Remember, I’m the one who hates shopping. I also hate shopping for shoes even more.
My problem with today’s shoes is that they are just plain ugly. Why would any woman in her right mind wear stilettos? (OK, I get the picture; – I’m bracing myself – Ed.)
I’m not talking three to four inch heels here. I’m referring to those six-inch pumps that make you look– and walk – like a giraffe.
They also feature thick soles, which makes them even clunkier. Some come in an ankle-boot style. Definitely not a good idea. They make you resemble a demented elf. (Now I really need to lie down – Ed.)
And if you don’t have small feet, it just gets worse. If, as I do, you wear a size nine, you’d probably look better wearing the cardboard boxes they are packed in. Trust me on this.
Then there are the pumps with the super pointed toes. I remember back in the 1960s, when this style was popular. That was more than 50 years ago and women who wore these torture devices still complain about what it did to their toes. Not to mention bunions.
What’s wrong with nice comfortable tennies? There are all sorts of cute ones out there. Glittery, colorful and great for walking – which describes the perfect shoe, in my opinion.
One of the worst ideas I’ve seen in shoe design is the sandals that lace all the way up your calf to your knee. Who has time for all that lacing? (Let me do it – pleeeeez! Ed.)
I did it back when I roller-skated as a teenager. I doubt I’ll be taking that hobby up again any time soon. Besides, how many gals want to look like a Roman gladiator?
Which brings us to another mistake in shoe design – the boot. Western boots are great. When I owned a horse, I found some at the local feed store that were incredible.
Made of sturdy vinyl, they were a snug fit around the ankle and foot, preventing them from sucking off in the mud at my horse pasture. They also looked like real cowboy boots, so I could wear them everywhere and anywhere and no one could tell they were just rubber boots.
But leather boots, whatever the style, aren’t nearly as comfortable. They tend to feel hot in our mild Texas winters.
And Heaven forbid you buy suede boots. Suede does not do well if it gets wet and here we are in a climate that swings from wet to dry in just minutes. Good luck with them.
My very favorite shoes are sandals. If you pick the right kind, the comfortable styles, you can wear them almost year-round on the Texas Gulf Coast. They’re perfect for vacations or airline flights –
no untying and retying while going through security, a real plus in today’s airports.
You don’t want to know how many pairs of them I own!