Friday, January 16, 2009

The Woman With One Gray Tennis Shoe

Have you ever counted the number of shoes in your possession? As I gingerly sip on some adult libation, I did this very thing tonight. I have shoes for dress, gardening, dress boots, riding boots, mules, sandals, flip flops, sneakers and everything in between. Footwear for every occasion. Know what I wear 99% of the time? You guessed it, the sneakers! I have all these nice dress shoes and all I wear are tennis shoes.

My contribution to high fashion.

My husband frequently teases about all the shoes in our closet. He laughingly calls me the Imelda Marcos of Patterson.

"I need a little more room in the closet again honey!"

Ok, I don’t have THAT many … yet ... there are only 31 pairs that I confess to. Pretty good for a gal who went barefoot most of the time growing up in central Florida.

“But I have an excellent reason for all this footwear“, I retort to my husband with a whine. “I have to match my outfits.“ Outfits?! What outfits!?! I no longer work outside the home. When I put in my time with High Finance I had very nice clothes with matching accessories including purses and hosiery. It was expected. But now I don’t have ’outfits’ unless you count my usual fair of blue jeans, a print t-shirt, and the afore mentioned sneakers with white socks as an ‘outfit‘.

Shoes have been around for thousands of years, you know. Our ancestors first began wearing shoes around 40,000 to 42,000 years ago, about the same time they developed more sophisticated toolkits and began creating elaborate art. I’m told that anthropologists and archeologists can tell all this because the toes of East Asia’s oldest modern human skeletons show that they wore shoes.

"Do you feel a draft too?"

Doesn’t that sound like an unusual job … studying toe bones!?

Ladies, can’t you see yourself at a party with nice people all impeccably dressed, sipping adult beverages (like the one I’m nursing now), and speaking in hushed tones with classical music playing softly in the background. Up saunters a handsome man and he says “Hello” smiling with his straight, white teeth.

What was I saying?
My ‘brian’ slipped away for a moment (that’s for you JBA). Tee hee

“Well,” you smile back sweetly to him and say, “and what is your occupation sir?”

“I study toe bones.”

Blank stare as you think, “Riiiight. Unusual pickup line bud. Move along now before I call the cops on ya … pervert!”

So back to the shoes … how can they tell all that about how long we’ve been wearing shoes from our ancestors toes? Seems that robust leg bones and thick toes denotes being shoeless. It’s because when one walks barefoot, the middle toes curl into the ground to give traction during push off. Gracile (slimmer) toe bones means the individual wore shoes. When wearing a shoe, a person pushes off with the big toe, placing less stress on the middle toes, resulting in less-developed toe bones. This gracility develops during childhood.

… caught ya lookin’ …

Well, that adult beverage has kicked in … but that’s my defense for having so many shoes. It’s my 40,000 year old ancestor's fault!

♥ ∞


steviewren said...

I have lots of shoes...they all hurt my feet. I have one pair at the moment that are comfortable. The sole is starting to peel off. I hope it lasts until spring, when I can wear sandals again. Barefooted is my favorite non-foot wear.

What if we were Chinese woman 150 years ago. How would you feel about having your feet bound? Ever read how they did that?

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

Hi Stevie ~ I did read an article once on how they bound women's feet. It's horrible!! I'm hope this is no longer practiced. Ouch!
Hope y'all are staying warm out there in Alabama! It's freeezing (literally) here. :o) ♥ ∞

Budd said...

2 pairs Navy dress shoes
Navy boots
running shoes
"around the house" shoes
2 pairs flip flops
=7 total, 3 of which are for work

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

Hi Budd ~ According to my husband, he sez "that sounds about right". Guess that's 'not too many' for a guy. [lol]
BTW, I'm surveying Ware Co, GA cemetery's. I'll start up again if it'll ever warm up again. Hope your transfer to Connecticut has been dropped so y'all can stay in Georgia.
Thanks for stopping by! :o) ♥ ∞

Janeen said...

Hi there, I'm catching up on my blog reading this week, missed ya! This is a great post! I love shoes but don't have the cash to get what I REALLY want and like you wear the same shoes week after week. ha ha

JBA said...

Shoes, glorious shoes. I've been looking for the perfect pair of navy dress shoes for 3 years. It's more like a quest now. I may have to go to Italy or something. Perhaps severe to get a new pair of blue shoes, but a girl has needs.

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

"Baby, don't step on my Blue Suede Shoes" ha ha
I know all about quests. I was once on one for the 'perfect' vacuum cleaner ... but that's another post. [sigh]
Thanks for stopping by! :o) ♥ ∞

Linda said...

Sounds about right Budd, that is what my husband has too.

Me, I have tons of those mules, slip ons, some dressy, some with heals, some not. I hate wearing shoes.

Thanks Sparky, you def. know how to make me smile. Blessings

Iva said...

I have just the opposite problem. Since going back to work, I've had to get shoes to go with a non-existent wardrobe. But like you, my tennis shoes are still my favorite - oh! And my Berks in the summer. Yeah, baby.