Footwear fetish

21:57, Sep 08 2009

Women, it seems, often make their shoe choices based more on fashion considerations than comfort or function.

I read this interesting titbit in a Stuff story. The findings were based on a survey of British women, but I hazard a guess that results wouldn’t be so different here.

When it comes to shoes, I am a true girly-girl, which is not a claim I can make very often.  

It may be a reaction to the stark functionality of my training gear. Quite a bit of space in my wardrobe is taken up with running shoes in various states of their lifecycle. There are probably about four or five pairs and I’m not sure why I’m hoarding them and why I don’t throw them out. Maybe it’s because of the substantial sums of money I had to part with to get them in the first place.

Anyway, I don’t really do heels because I walk everywhere. In winter, I tend to stick to boots and Chucks. I love my Chucks in their three tones of pink.

Women, it seems, often make their shoe choices based more on fashion considerations than comfort or function.

I read this interesting titbit in a Stuff story. The findings were based on a survey of British women, but I hazard a guess that results wouldn’t be so different here.

When it comes to shoes, I am a true girly-girl, which is not a claim I can make very often.  

It may be a reaction to the stark functionality of my training gear. Quite a bit of space in my wardrobe is taken up with running shoes in various states of their lifecycle. There are probably about four or five pairs and I’m not sure why I’m hoarding them and why I don’t throw them out. Maybe it’s because of the substantial sums of money I had to part with to get them in the first place.

Anyway, I don’t really do heels because I walk everywhere. In winter, I tend to stick to boots and Chucks. I love my Chucks in their three tones of pink.

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Like most Wellingtonians, I have a lot of black in my wardrobe. It wasn’t ever really a conscious choice, it’s just a practical colour to own workwear in. I remember a friend teasing me that I would soon turn into a black-clad urbanite when I moved here – turns out she was right.

However, since I have no desire to spend every day dressed like I’m going to my grandfather’s funeral, I like to add colour and shoes are a great way to do this. Particularly when the warm weather arrives and out can come the sandals.

Now, I don’t know if it is particularly feminine phenomenon. I rather suspect there are many people out there who share my footwear fetish – do share.

I never have a fat day in shoes and I never feel bad if I have to go up a size in one shop and down in another.

I didn’t feel guilty when I spent $350 on a pair of the most beautiful boots I have ever laid eyes on because they’ll last. Good leather boots are an investment and they’ll last for seasons, right? Ah, the joy of the justification.

And since we’ve just turned the corner into spring, it’s about time I added some new items to my shoe collection. Good times.

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