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Tiaras and Trucks

Monday, July 25, 2011

My Sea Legs

Running late, I slide on the flip flops near the back door, glad they're teal, glad they're comfortable, glad I don't need to run back to my room to find another pair of shoes.

I strap Abbey and Dylan into their seats, crank the air-conditioning or roll down the windows, slick on my Burt's Bees chapstick, and sing along with Abbey on the way to our destination.

I forget about the flip flops.

Then I glimpse myself walking in a store window, and I do that familiar double take.  Who is that short person pushing our stroller?  The one with the rounded legs and ungraceful gait?

Suddenly, I remember the flip flops.  I feel the plastic between my toes, the lack of arch support, the flatness of my walk.

I wish I had worn my wedges.

When I get home, I bring these down from my closet and carefully place them near the door, vowing that they'll replace the flip flops as my easy, running late companion.

A simple wedge, about three inches, they wear fabric that invokes a feeling of the tropics.  I've never worn them to a luau, but they don't know that.

Just as easy as flip flops, I slide my feet along the fabric-covered raffia as I open the door for Abbey, scooping Dylan from the top of the landing as he clicks the baby gate closed behind him.

I throw my over-sized tangerine purse onto the floor under Dylan's seat, make sure they both have a book or toy or cup of water before settling into my own seat, adjust the volume on the radio from my drive to the gym last night.

The routine hasn't changed from the day before.  We walk this path day after day; the dance of getting out of the house is one all three of us could do blindfolded.

But today, when I walk past a storefront, I recognize the reflection.  A messy bun, hair still wet, sunglass-free because I've broken another pair, pushing the stroller and steering clear of Abbey's heels as she insists on walking a little too close to her brother.

My stride is confident, natural, leg muscles slightly defined.  I'm back on my sea legs, three inches off the ground.

Come join my friend Kir and me (and a bunch of other shoe lovers) on The Summer of Sole Sisters shoe sharing blog hop!  Or just come and feast your eyes on some cute summer shoes.  See you there!

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16 Comments:

  • At July 25, 2011 at 7:50 AM , Anonymous jessica said...

    Very cute shoes and I know just what you mean about feeling good in your shoes. Nothing like a pair of heels (unless you are running after kids).

     
  • At July 25, 2011 at 8:12 AM , Anonymous shehascuteshoes said...

    Nice :)

    I have my go to shoes as well and while I haven't graduated from Havianas to wedges I might just yet this summer. ;)

    Vikki

    PS I am sooooo over winter ;)
     

     
  • At July 25, 2011 at 8:28 AM , Anonymous Amanda said...

    Cute shoes! There's nothing like the confidence boost you get from a good pair of shoes-it's one of my favorite feelings haha

     
  • At July 25, 2011 at 9:30 AM , Anonymous Kir said...

    ooooh, I love them, they are so pretty and I love your blue toes!!!! That color is sooo pretty and summery!
    Plus a wedge always makes you feel AMAZING right? I love my legs in them too. YEA.

     
  • At July 25, 2011 at 10:03 AM , Anonymous Amy said...

    Very cute shoes! I have the opposite view on shoes though.  I wouldn't recognize my reflection in heels! HA!

     
  • At July 25, 2011 at 12:37 PM , Anonymous Liz said...

    A cute pair of shoes can totally change your outlook on the day, can't they? :)

     
  • At July 26, 2011 at 12:10 AM , Anonymous Kristin & Megan said...

    They're adorbs! I love a good pair of wedges!

     
  • At July 26, 2011 at 4:02 AM , Anonymous Mama Wants This said...

    Love your shoes! I'm a wedge fan, as you know :)

    The fabric on your shoes? They look like batik, which is of Southeast Asian origin!

     
  • At July 26, 2011 at 11:22 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    Really?  Thanks for letting me know.  They are from DSW so nothing fancy, but they make me happy :)

    One day I will have a collection like yours!

     
  • At July 26, 2011 at 11:23 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    Thank you!  Wedges are honestly my favorite for every day.  The leg lengthening power of a heel with (most of) the comfort of a flat.

     
  • At July 26, 2011 at 11:24 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    Yes!  They can.  I am so easy like that.  Pretty shoes make me happy ;)

     
  • At July 26, 2011 at 11:25 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    I am sooo short; I have always liked heels so much better.  Well, except for a brief phase in high school/college where I rocked construction-type boots and doc martens with (oh my gosh, why?) sundresses.

     
  • At July 26, 2011 at 11:29 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    I know.  I always have to try on new things with shoes to see what I REALLY think!

     
  • At July 26, 2011 at 11:30 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    I have yet to purchase Havianas, can you believe it?  I thought I would this summer and never got around to it!

    I don't blame you for being done with winter.  I dislike winter a lot!

     
  • At July 26, 2011 at 11:31 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    I choose my footwear based on how much freedom Dylan has to run around.  Abbey's dance class?  Wedges are appropriate.  Anywhere outdoors, not fenced in? Flats all the way!

     
  • At July 26, 2011 at 11:34 PM , Anonymous Angela said...

    Sally Hansen XTreme Wear! Target buy, and I love it! (not a quick dry, though, as my nails can tell you from the numerous smudges.)

     

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