Who’s Shoes?

Jordanne - Rockford, Michigan
Entered on January 13, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30

The greatest thing in life probably has to be shoes, not because I’m a girl and that’s all we shop for, but because shoes tell stories, they tell peoples’ personalities. I believe that shoes are a gateway to who you really are.

Almost everyone owns shoes and perhaps you have the same pair as you friend, but no two people have exactly the same set of shoes. Personality is what makes this difference. Maybe you’re a free spirit rockin’ the Chuck Taylor’s, a jock who cant get enough Nike, or perhaps you’re more reserved and wear cute little ballet slippers; all of them express you individually.

Not only that, but they tell stories. Face it; everyone has that one pair of shoes that they cant live without. You wear them everyday till the soles are worn out and they smell worse than a gym locker room right after a double over-time football game. This is the pair that really shows who you are.

“Over there, right there on the toe, that’s fruit punch that my little brother knocked over and stained my shoe with. Oh, and see that white squiggly line cutting across my shoes? That’s from all the salt on the ground because despite these not being appropriate for winter, they’re my favorite.” We all have things to say about our shoes. That’s what makes them so unique.

They are a necessity. They keep our feet warm and out of the way of harmful objects on the ground. Despite the need for them, we don’t choose the most efficient ones there are. We pick the cute ones, the fashionable ones, the ones that are so godly you just have to have them. Even the Native Americans had made their own shoes. They would add beads or feathers to make them more to their liking. Either way, these shoes were them.

For jobs, we have to dress up in formal wear which limits the freedom we have on our style. How many different pairs of dress shoes are out there though? A ton! And we rule out all the ones we couldn’t bear to wear until we find a pair that is suitable for who we are.

There are just so many incidences that our personalities show through in our styles; the way we dress, the way we wear our hair, the way we talk. But what tells stories more than your favorite pair of grungy old shoes? Maybe the next time you shop for them you’ll stop and think to yourself, what kind of shenanigans will I get myself into in these bad boys?