Sometimes…Ya Gotta Go With What Works!!

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Shoe Spoof from #WinterInterrupted
Stillman & Birn Zeta
Watercolor, Stamps, Ink
Is that color overload?! Yes? Good!! Mission accomplished.

While we were poking around in the shops of Pass-A-Grille Beach during Winter Interrupted, we happened upon a sign that said "Wild women wear outrageous shoes" that featured a pair of sky-high stilettos.

I seriously doubt my feet will ever see the inside of a pair of stilettos again, but the words still resonated with me because at the time, I was wearing those very shoes you see in the image. In fact, you can see them in the very first image in this post.

No one has to tell me they're ugly. I know it. No one has to tell me they're as comfortable as any shoes I've ever worn either. I usually wear them around the house or out in the yard. Just not in public. But here in Florida, well, let's just say you can wear just about anything at the beach and no one's going to so much as bat an eyelash.

But there's a reason—a very good reason I might add—why I opted to wear these outrageous shoes…back in the fall when we were in Maine, I slipped while climbing on a granite ledge below our cabin. It was slick with silt from the outgoing tide. I did quite the number on my knee and foot.

While they're mostly healed, my foot occasionally takes exception to overuse such as walking around at the beach. When that happens, my foot swells and any other type of shoe becomes a torture device.

So, these were the shoes I wore all week long. Attractive? No! But they allowed me to continue to function through the week. Being raised on a strawberry farm as a teenager, I got over "looking cool" many long years ago. It was far more important to be practical and dress to be warm or cool, be able to move without binding or chafing, and to be able to stand on your feet for long periods of time.

There was simply no room for dressing cool for school. Besides, unlike at the beach, there was no one to see me on the farm and those that did weren't part of the school scene.

But I have to say, these shoes have one other feature that makes them perfect beach wear…they float and they dry in a hurry. Perfect for splashing in the water!

As for the color fest above, Florida beaches are nothing if not gaudy with all the bright colors and that was what I had in mind when I indulged in the neon colors! I gotta say, I kinda like it…it certainly chases away the gray days of winter.

Do you wear outrageous shoes?!

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13 Creative Thought(s)

  1. I love those shoes and forgot to tell you that I have a pair exactly the same colors. Love them and did wish I had brought them to the beach. Your page is great as is all your work. Another quote I like is " Women who behave, rarely make history. It's on a lime green baseball cap. Humm. I think I'll sketch that.

  2. These shoes must be most comfortable. When I worked in a hospital many nurses wore them. They were quite the rage for some time. I had a pair to wear in t he garden. They finally fell apart and I haven't found another pair. I don't see them as readily available any more. I have some wacky shoes. These seem quite tame to me. I hope your foot heals now.

    1. I'd love to see some of your sketches of your shoes…that sounds like fun!

  3. I LOVE this page. Not only is is bright and beautiful, it perfectly captures a great memory!

  4. Dear Laure - wow - I love your shoes and your page of neon colors. Yes I do wear outrageous shoes...some crazy heels but like you being a farm gal I go for comfort. Have a pair of rubber sandals that I live in all summer long. Nothing to look at but so comfortable. Looks like you had a great time at the beach. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Good for you, Debbie! My heel-wearing days are over. And yes, we had an awesome time at the beach!

  5. I don't wear outrageous shoes. I wear boring Clarks mules (clogs). At least in winter. Summer I wear flip flops which aren't outrageous either. Hope your foot continues to heal.

    I so love the bright and cheery page you did for these shoes. It's definitely a bright moment for anyone who sees it!

    1. Thanks, Timaree! I'm surprised you don't have outrageous shoes…perhaps we need to send you some snazzy flip-flops!

  6. I don't have anything quite so gaudy, but I can still remember my mother-in-law (then in a nursing home) eyeing my turquoise, silver and white running shoes with a surprised look; then eye eyes wandered to Dale's bright red laces in his running shoes and said, "I think your laces are particularly nice." I'm sure she went to sleep puzzling over those shoes.

  7. I had a pair of hot pink crocs...loved them so much. They were the most comfortable shoe that I ever wore and like you said, they dried quickly so were great for the beach and gardening.


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