Tell us about your favorite pair of shoes, and where they’ve taken you.
I always appreciate a good pair of shoes. If your feet are not comfortable, you are not comfortable. Therefore, I try to always make sure any footwear I buy is first and foremost comfortable: whether it be boots, tennis shoes, dress shoes, or even house shoes.
I also have a theory about feet. Feet are an important part of the body. However, I think there is a reason God put feet at the bottom of the human body. In other words, I think feet should be practical and useful; but, not so much seen and shown off. For this reason, I have never liked wearing sandals or flip-flops. Any shoe that “shows” my feet, I try to avoid.
Even around the house, I usually will be wearing either a pair of house shoes or socks to cover my feet. I had a friend ask me one time why I never went bare-footed, I told him I thought such a thing was against one of the commandments somewhere; maybe Leviticus! I’m not particular fond of seeing other people’s feet either. Alas, in this day and age it is quite popular to wear feet-displaying footwear; so it is my own purgatory I suppose!
At times, my “issue” with feet may border on the neurotic. One time, I dated a young lady while I was in seminary. She came over to my apartment one evening to cook me a home cooked meal. Of course, she was wearing open-toed sandals and had on this bizarre looking glittery, greenish toe polish. After that night, I never called her again! It does sound a little George Costanza-ish, but, what can I say!
I prefer enclosed footwear. Footwear that fits nice and snug to the foot; and, at the same time, keeps them well hidden and out of view! Don’t misunderstand me, I know having to go without a foot or both would be extremely difficult, and I admire those who have lost one or both and continue on with their lives.
You see, it is not that I don’t appreciate feet; it’s just I don’t have to see them to appreciate them. I am not likely to forget they are there just because I don’t see them.
I know many people think feet are beautiful and love them. I call these people psychotic! No, not really, maybe just a bit unbalanced is all! (And don’t go throwing Is. 52.7 or Rom. 10.15 at me either! It’s called allegory, i.e. non-literal! Or, if you want to be more specific, it is something called a synecdoche.)
As for my favorite pair of shoes, I would have to say it is a pair I have only had now for a few months. Oh, I have quite a few pairs. I have my dependable work boots, dress shoes (two pair of black, two pair of brown), tennis shoes (a couple of pair), house shoes to lounge around the house; but, I think my favorites would be my new Sanuk slip on casual shoes.
These are the best of both worlds; at least for me. On one hand, they are casual and comfortable . . . no laces, no break in time, easy on and off. On the other hand, they are enclosed; hence, they do not show my feet! For years, almost any type of shoe that was casual was also open aired. So, I never wore any of them. I can literally count on probably one hand the number of times I have worn flip-flops. I think every time was at the beach, basically out of necessity. (I did wear the water shoes, or whatever they are called a couple of times, but I found them very uncomfortable.)
So these new Sanuk shoes are the perfect compromise for me. Finally! Practicality and enclosure meet in casual comfort. What more could a guy like me want?