I have a pair of shoes (Frye boots actually) that are thirty-eight years old. I’ve had them re-soled twice.
I. Love. Them.
I am not your typical woman in many ways, but I do like shoes. I notice shoes. I really love boots. You can wear boots on your motorcycle, at least a lot of my boots you can. But I digress, back to the shoes.
I believe one of the many reasons woman love their shoes so much is because shoes are really timeless. Not only can you have a great pair of shoes — like my beloved Frye boots — for literally decades, they will also fit you for all that time.
Those boots fit me through two pregnancies. And still fit me today thirty-eight years after I bought them (when I weigh roughly the same weight, but you know it’s all rearranged differently). No other article of clothing could possibly do that — earrings are the only thing you wear that even come close.
My closet has its fair share of shoes. Fun shoes, colored shoes, flats, high heels, sneakers, flip flops, clogs, boots (I did mention the boots, right?)…but there is always room for more. It’s one big happy family of footwear.
So if you have any size 7 1/2 shoes that need a good home, I know a place.
Addendum: I wrote this story when I first started on Medium in 2017. I am happy to tell you that my boot collection has only gotten bigger. And I still have those Frye boots. I did, however, blow out a flip-flop in Key West last January. Thankfully, I was able to cruise on over to a flip-flop shop and replace them on the spot. WHEW! Catastrophe averted. The only shoes I’ve officially retired (since I retired) is my work clogs. But with all the walking I’m doing — I might have to invest in some new sneakers soon! Stay tuned!