Do you ever notice that the shoes you wear can completely change the way you walk. For the most part, I skulk around wearing purple moccasins. And I shuffle along feeling invisible. And I don’t mind that so much. When I get exercise I have bright pink running shoes- but those are mostly so I can be seen in the dark- and I don’t think about how I am moving, just as long as I am moving. But this morning, I went out for a 5am walk, wearing the Doc Marten boots I will be taking to Vienna in a couple of weeks.
Here’s the thing about wearing these boots – I walk with purpose. I feel like I could seriously kick someone’s ass. And those who know me well, know that I would never do that. But I do love feeling like I can. I haven’t worn Docs since I left the 90s behind, but putting them on again (albeit a way more grown up style), makes me feel like I have some swagger.
It’s funny that a pair of shoes can do that. It’s not like they are stilettos or really expensive shoes. But the way they make me feel is youthful, that I can get things done, and that I am on an adventure. That the world is mine to discover.
And I haven’t felt like that since 1999.
*The shoes I am wearing are Dr. Martens Flora Ankle Boot in Cherry Red Arcadia (Chelsea Boots).
PS. Now if I could just find Hush Puppies mules in powder blue suede, I would be so happy with my shoe collection (for a little while).