I should have known better.
I should have known that it wouldn’t be as simple as purchasing a pair of shoes online and having them magically be everything I wanted and needed them to be. And frankly, I should have known MYSELF better, and not second-guessed my instincts about what kind of shoe I actually wanted or needed.
However, after having gone shoe shopping at multiple local stores in-person, and still not finding what I was looking for, I was frustrated and getting more anxious by the day. My internal thought process went something like this:
Would I find them in time? Would I have to settle for something ugly or cheap looking? Something I would buy for one occasion and then never wear again? Or maybe I would have to forego comfort and just go for something that looked good, even if I wanted to fling them at the wall after an hour or less of wearing them.
Or, should I go to the other extreme and get something comfortable, even if they weren’t that great or fancy looking? Maybe I would just settle on something I already owned, so I at least didn’t have to worry about it anymore or needlessly spend money on something I wouldn’t like, anyway.
Shoe shopping stresses me out, if you couldn’t already tell. Especially since there seems to be a real disconnect in the fashion industry between what looks good and what feels good. It always takes me a LOOONNNNG time to find what I’m looking for, whether it’s dress shoes or everyday walking shoes, and a lot of times, I just don’t find what I’m looking for at all. :( I even know some brides who’ve made the choice to go barefoot at their wedding, and I completely understand why.Read more