A Mile In Your Shoes
Of all the items in my closet that I have the toughest time getting rid of, it's my shoes. While I confess to some nostalgic connection to a few garments, it's the shoes that grip my heart.
Men often criticize women for having too many shoes. Not only is there no such thing as having too many shoes, but I submit that shoes tell an even more incredible story than anything else in a closet.
I spent some time with my shoes recently and pulled out a few that have gifted me with so many fantastically beautiful memories. I thought I'd share my memories of just one of those pair here.
Silver and gray Nike Air Max. A rare find. My older sister had these first and thus, I needed them on the strength of that alone. The memory I have of these is in the actual purchase of them. I looked for these shoes at every shoe store in the city with no success. After finding them 40 miles outside of town, I made the long trek to a random shoe store in East Jesus on a rainy Saturday morning. The entire drive I thought to myself, how ridiculous it must be to drive to the ends of the earth for a pair of shoes. I got to the store, asked for my size and prayed that they would not only fit but be exactly what I expected them to be.
Luckily, when I put them on, I felt not only comfort but accomplishment. Every time I put these shoes on now, I think of just how committed I was to getting them which makes me treasure the shoes that much more. Bonus love goes to the silver sparkle laces that were a must!
I'm aware that there is no meaningful value in material things. There is, however, significant value in a memory. It's interesting how many miles you walk in your own shoes in both the literal and metaphorical sense. Our shoes have been with us to many places - job interviews, birthday parties, the grocery store, and dates. Shoes have also been there for unforgettable milestones - weddings, funerals, graduations, and your first overseas trip. If you stop and think about it, I'm sure you can conjure up some powerful memories when you think about all the miles your shoes have gone.
Share any shoe memories in the comments below.
Photo Credit: Hassan (Hubby)