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Get out the summer shoes

Posted Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at 4:09 PM

Today is the first official day of summer. Personally when the temperatures get in the high 80s and above, it is summer for me regardless of what the calendar says.

Brother Piercy recently wrote in his reflections about going barefoot during his growing up years. Getting two pair of shoes a year -- one for school and one for Sunday.

It took me back to my barefoot days. We were not allowed to go out barefoot so we would sneak our shoes off while we were playing outside. Most of the time, one of us would get a cut or scrape and be in trouble. To this day I think my mother enjoyed pouring alcohol our wounds so she could say, "I told you so."

We usually had a couple pairs of shoes but we did not have shoes galore like most people today. I could be called a shoe collector. I have a lot of shoes and I have difficulty throwing shoes out.

They don't have to be expensive shoes, I just like shoes. As a rule, I purchase my shoes on sale table during the off season. I buy my summer shoes at the end of the season and the same with my winter shoes.

My husband and I have had several discussions on my shoes. He does not see the purpose in having more than one pair of shoes of each color.

I explain to him, I have to have all sizes of heels so if my pants are too long, I can go taller. It depends on the color of my pants on which shoes I wear. I explain that I need a flat shoe, a small heel and a high heel, in black, brown, white, bone, and various colors. I need sandals in several colors for summer. Then I need the athletic shoes in case I want to walk or run. As a rule I only have three or four pair of walking shoes at any given time.

In my mind, the entire time I am trying to convince him I need all of those shoes, I know I should get rid of at least half. I can't explain why it is so difficult for me to get rid of shoes.

I don't understand it myself. I am sure there is a word for it in therapy but I can't afford therapy so I guess I will just have to live with my desire to hang on to all of my shoes.

Since I have gotten older I can part with shoes that hurt my feet. Some shoes are made to look at but not to wear. I try to avoid those. I do go more for comfort and I have parted ways with my highest heels.

I am a shoe person. The first thing I notice about a person is her shoes. I wish I could wear the flip flop style shoes but I can't wear anything between my toes. We wore flip flops in my younger days because they were the most inexpensive shoes we could buy. We could buy them in every color. Today flip flops are very fashionable.

I know if I haven't worn a pair of shoes in a year or so I probably could do without them but you never know when you might just need that blue pair of slides with the cute buckle.

I did spend a day moving my winter clothes to the back closet and getting rid of the smaller sizes that no longer fit giving me a little more room to find the clothes I like to wear. I don't have as much trouble getting rid of my clothes as I do shoes.

I will work on it. I am even bad about keeping my favorite shoes long after I have worn them out.

I may be in need of a shoe intervention.

It is not my fault shoe companies make such cute styles in such a variety of shapes and colors.

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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.
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