Judy Garland knew the power of shoes. So did Cinderella. I feel quite certain that even Elvis was aware of this magical phenomenon; why else would he sing a whole song to persuade people to keep off of his shoes?
I can remember when I was a very little girl, always looking forward to Easter Sunday, because every year I would get a brand new pair of white church shoes. There was simply nothing like wearing that brand new pair of shoes for the very first time. In the fall I would get a new pair of black shoes, and they would be so shiny and clean and new.
Today my husband repeatedly tells me that I do not need to buy any more shoes. He would probably tell you that I have enough to last me the rest of my life. But what he unfortunately does not understand, is that shoes have greater meaning than just an accessory or item of clothing. They’re like friends that are always there to lift us up, and give us moral support. They boost our confidence, and even when we’re having a bad hair day, and we look down and know we’ll be okay because we’re being accompanied by a great pair of shoes. Whether snakeskin, houndstooth, or pink crocodile, I know they will always be there for me whenever I need them.
I’ve never been under the impression that we have to pay out our inheritance for a pair of name brand heels. While I would never decline the offer of $400 shoes, I have to admit that I have found some of my absolute favorites in less than name brand boutiques. I’m also guilty of buying and planning outfits around my shoes.
I can remember the pair of shoes I was wearing in all of the most important events of my life. I remember the shoes I wore to graduation. The heels I had on the first time I met my husband. The shoes I wore in my friend’s wedding. I spent hours searching the Internet to find the perfect pair of shoes to wear with my own wedding dress.
Baby clothes are adorable, but have you ever looked at baby shoes? Quite possibly the cutest thing ever! The most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard was someone ask the question “Why do babies need shoes when they don’t even walk?”. Maybe baby boys would have a different answer, but I can guarantee you that if those baby girls could talk they would assure us that shoes are a necessity, regardless of age.
Whether they transport you back to your home land, lead you to your one true love, inspire a greatest hit, or simply give you the confidence to leave your house in the morning, give your shoes an extra pat. They could be magic.