I just bought four pairs of really comfortable shoes so that I can take a walk any time, any place, no matter what’s on my feet. I’m no shoe fashionista, not by a long shot, but it is giving me an unusual amount of pleasure to be able to purchase shoes that make my feet happy and don’t look ugly. I test drove one pair yesterday on our forty-minute afternoon walk and landed home with no blisters, no red marks and no sore feet. Yes!!!! This is the way to travel on foot.
I remember my years as a businesswoman when the “uniform” required high heels. Every morning I’d don a 2” to 2.5” heel and start my day. I never questioned the awkwardness of driving in heels and never had the smarts to kick off the shoes while behind the wheel. For several years my office was in Faneuil Hall, and I hobbled over the cobblestones on a regular basis. The uneven surface did a job on my ankles, my back, and on my shoes, but flats were never an option. They just didn’t fit the prescription for a professional woman. Now I think, how silly was that?!?
I still have more high heels than I can count, and none of them have been worn in years. I think that’s progress. What pleases me most is that I now consider my daily walks part of my essential routine. It’s non-negotiable that I’m able to walk on a whim. No, I’m not jogging or even power walking; I’m just taking a fast enough walk to build up a sweat and take in the world around me. It clears my head, and makes me happy, feet and all.