When I think back on my days as a teen in the 70s (yes, I’m that old :-)), two pair come to mind.
I had a pair of Earth shoes I loved. They sported the famous “negative heel” said to make a wearer feel like she was walking barefoot in sand. Mine looked much like the ones in the picture, although they were dark brown. I wore my Earth shoes daily until there was no life left in them.
Another pair that stands out are the Famolare Get There wedge heels I just had to have. “Everyone” had them. I wanted to be in style, so I wheedled until my parents caved. I thought the four-wave heel was groovy. Unlike the Earth shoes, though, I was underwhelmed by the Famolares. But I wore them anyhow. Until the fad faded.
A few months ago I passed by the one shoe store in my small town. It’s what call a gourmet shoe store. They carry quality footwear, much of it imported from Europe. I’m not a shoe person like my daughter, but I went inside anyhow.
Boy, am I glad I did. Guess what brand they carry?
Yup. Earth shoes! Who knew they’d make a reappearance? I found a pair I couldn’t resist. Sure, they might not be the cutest shoes in the world, but I like them. They transport me to a time in my life when wrinkles were on my clothes, not my face, and when gray was the color of my grandmother’s hair, not mine.
The clerk brought out a pair. I slipped them on and took a stroll down Memory Lane. The young man looked at me like I’d lost it when I got all weepy, but I didn’t care. One day he might find himself wishing for a way to recapture some of the best memories of his youth. That’s what happens every time I slip into my Earth shoes. They put a spring in my step and a smile on my face.
Maybe I’m more of a shoe person than I thought. It just takes the right pair. Right?
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Did you have a favorite pair of shoes whose passing you mourned?
Do you have a pair now that’s destined to become a treasured memory?