To judge a foot by its wear!

My foot, rather.

Nah dont get me wrong! I’m not swearing!

I am referring to my foot, literally. I, in fact, have been wondering about the role of footwear in my life.

What triggered this thought, you wonder?

Well, I was in the kitchen, one day, trying to make some sense out of whatever it is that I was cooking and all of a sudden I realized that I was late for school run. I didnt bother to change as I was wearing an outwear already. I was barefoot, so I just pulled out of my rack the first pair of shoes I saw to slip on and scurried out.

Barely a few meters drive, I was at a signal waiting for red to turn green. Now, because of a perennial leg-ache that has been bothering me for sometime, I have this habit of taking my feet off my shoes, when in static mode in the car, to relieve the pain, even if briefly, from the tight grip of the shoes . So while doing that, I casually glanced down to my feet only to realize that I was wearing an old, dreary looking pair of shoes. I couldn’t care less. I didn’t think it was hardly an issue to freak out on, so ignored the shoes and shifted my focus to other interesting things on road!

But this li’l observation did set me thinking about people, some of my friends even, who would never go wrong in choosing the right footwear for the right occasion. So much so that if faced with a similar situation, they probably would have hyper-ventilated on the casual over-sight of picking an unimpressive pair of shoes to wear! πŸ™‚

About two days back, again, I was on my way to drop Namnam for karate class after which I had plans to while away my waiting time by aimlessly wandering around a chic mall. I had remembered to be ‘dressed’ for the loitering-occasion with a new pair of jeans and top before stepping out of the house. But till the time I had stepped out of my car to go to the mall, I hadnt realized what shoes I had on.

I was wearing chappals!

I found myself wondering whether it would be appropriate to step inside the mall now. And I had a near face-palm moment when I saw all those smartly dressed people, wearing their shiny shoes, stilettos and platforms walking in and out. Yet again, I brushed aside the matter as a non-issue and walked in head on all confident hoping noone would give a glance to my feet!

As I was saying, I have observed that a lot of people give importance to footwear just as much as they would to their clothes, bags, hair, skin and such. I remember admiring this lady during a ride in Delhi Metro, a couple of months ago, for the sheer way she had ensured to dress up in a matching shade of green from head to toe! From gaudy green suit to green rubber band to green bangles to green nail-color to green clutch-purse to…yes, you guessed it sandals! I couldn’t help wondering about the time and pain she would have taken to get everything so colour coded!

Would such orderliness in people also mean that they would be as disciplined about every aspect of their life in general? I wonder.

I have friends who have an impressive collection of footwear with a pair for every occasion. And I admire them for that quality, I really do.

Having said that I have never been so perfect, where footwear department is concerned :). While I do love to shop for shoes, more often than not I end up picking them, keeping in mind the multiple occasions I can use them that I don’t confuse myself in deciding what to slip into! I make do with the same pair for most of the occassions, for (a) I’m lazy to decide which pair would go best with which of my dress, and (b) I’m just not so particular. The only thing I’m particular about is getting a regular pedicure and keeping my feet clean and crack-free as much as I can. But shoes, nay, not so much.

I’d rather spend that extra time on shopping for dresses, which is where my priorities on optimum splurging lie πŸ˜‰

Even while packing for vacations, I stuff a maximum of two pairs of footwear and if need be I wouldn’t even mind pulling a pair out if it would mean I can make space for an extra pair of dress! I guess its more of a matter of where you choose to invest your interests and energy in, right?

So how’s it with you all? What role does footwear play in your lives? πŸ™‚

P.S. Speaking of footwear, I’m seriously tempted to fling some of my choicest footwear real hard at some sick snooping politicos and disgusting journos for the way they have been shaming the nation with their acts ! Do you think I’ll get ‘atonement’ for doing that? πŸ˜‰

23 thoughts on “To judge a foot by its wear!

  1. as far as foot wear is concerned floaters for me… I hate shoes and things that wrap my whole foot… ugghh… I had got used to the shoes during my job days… though now I hate it like anything… though I have to wear shoes to work… I crave to wear floaters or slippers… most comfortable and airy! πŸ˜€

    You know one conditioning quote I remember always and I dread is a man’s real worth is known by the shoes he wears. What a hopeless saying… and its stuck in my head… and irritates me so so much..!


  2. Hi Deeps, I love shoes, especially when I look at all the shoes available on online stores, I drool over them, but when it comes to buy for myself I become the ‘Plain Jane’ and just like you I look at comfort and would rather wear my most comfortable shoes or sandal daily… πŸ™‚


  3. Good one Di! πŸ™‚

    During an official trip (just 4 days) I had the company of another colleague who had brought in two suit cases each one of which was double the size of my poor little bag. One of the suitcases had her clothes and the other one was just for the footwear. She has brought in 9 pairs of footwear. Can you beat that? πŸ˜€ But there are people who scan you from top to bottom and judge you on the basis of what your wear, how you talk, walk and so on. All I have for them is “Sorry, I have better headaches to take care of.” πŸ˜›


  4. ha ha… I am like this too. Exactly like this actually, when it comes to foot wear. When I was getting a pedicure at a parlour last week, I realised that my chappals were in the open for everyone to judge. That old pair is now thankfully in the dustbin. It had served me well for years. πŸ˜€


  5. Wednesday night, midst making that chef’s hat for the brat, I realised thatI have no appropriate shoes to wear with my formal trousers for the conference.

    RD, R and I go in search for shoes. The only formal shoes of SIZE 11 dont fit me well..gah!

    RD says you really need to get them handmade for your duck feet *rolls eyes*

    I got to conference with chic formal trousers and shirt and wearing chappals…I beat you dont you πŸ™‚


  6. I love comfortable footwear, probably why I live in trainers here:) I do buy nice footwear, which I never remember to wear:)

    And I’m with you for throwing shoes at those disgusting people, I have plenty of pairs sitting here gathering dust:)


  7. Till some time back I believed in Henry Ford’s words, “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.”. Yes, I had only black shoes, boots, slip-ons, slippers in my shoe rack. And then husband pushed me to think of other colours too. Only for parties et al, I’ll select my shoes with care otherwise it is always my comfortable sports shoes or Crocs, everywhere!


  8. I take my footwear seriously. Not merely their appearance, but how functional and how comfy they are. At the same time, I never let my kids run out in flip flops – I believe it pays off (health & hygiene wise) to protect ones’ feet.


  9. I love footwear. comfort comes first but style’s not far behind either. and yes, like R up there, I have HUGE feet. Or I think so atleast . only in Delhi do I get good footwear in my size. you remind me of a good friend of mine.:D as for those who match everything from head to toe, my take is they are usually conformists.


  10. I am totally a sneakers person I would not realise I am wearing anything till it’s a nice cumfy sneakers. I do like flats a lot after that πŸ™‚
    I too love seeing others in their nice stilettos and platforms. But they are not my cuppa tea for sure . Though I do succumb to protocol and wear heels at work . But there is nothing like slipping into the floaters.
    I have had instances where i have picked up a pair of shoes for the sake of fashion and ended up being do uncumfy that I either walk barefoot or make others with me miserable πŸ˜€


  11. Actually, just this last weekend, I got into the car to go to a birthday party only to realize halfway that I was wearing ghar ka chappals! LOL! I just laughed the situation off with my friends…so not worth going back to change!


  12. I am not very finicky about matching shoes with the attire in color but I do try to keep the type of shoe in line with the Attire. Formals with suits, and Trousers. Loafers, Suede, Sports or Sandals with Jeans and Flip Flops with Tracks or Shorts, Sandals with Kurta Payjamas. as long is this done guys generally don’t have much to chose when it comes to shoes.


  13. I love shoes.. I’m obsessed with shoes!! πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
    Now, its the season for Boots.. so I love those too! πŸ˜€

    I don’t match my shoes to my dress, but I do make sure I’m wearing a nice pair! πŸ˜€


  14. I love shoes. I keep buying variety of them though have two or 3 pairs in some basic colors selected for the daily grind.. So for daily rough use I stick to comfort, durability rather than matching .. I love watching what others are wearing around and play a guessing game with myself like what brand it is from…


    1. Wow @ the guessing game! :). I like to admire watching others’ footwear and general dressing too. Oh yes, comfort and durability of shoes count far more than matching for me!


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