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There is just something about a fierce pair of shoes that makes you feel unstoppable.
If you think I’m referring to a pair of black high heeled shoes that screams “I’m going to stomp on you” James Bond villain shoes, I’m not. I’m referring to any pair of shoes that make you feel good when you are wearing them. They make you feel feel unstoppable and make you feel like there is nothing you can’t do. A pair of shoes that when you put them on my you stand there and say “Look to me!”
I just myself a pair of those shoes.
Now like everything else in my life, there is a story behind it so sit back, relax and let me tell you the story of how I got my latest (yes I have more than one pair) of fierce shoes.
Our story begins back in November when Robert and I took a trip into San Francisco. We go to the city a few times a year and every time we go we make a point to stop at the Dr. Martens store on Market Street. This is the store where I bought my first pair of Leona Boots and rekindled my love affair with the Dr. Martens brand. As always I just took my time and looked around. I picked up some Jadon Boots and admired the 1460’s. I was about to leave me I saw them. The pair of shoes that I knew I had to have. The pair of shoes that innocently sat there and said “You need me in your life” and they were correct.
The shoes that I saw were the Dr. Martens Smith 1461 loafer, but not just any loafer. Noooo these loafers were an animal print loafer. If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for animal print. I think it’s one of those amazing prints that is timeless and for me, elevates any outfit. So not only was I in my favorite store, I saw my favorite shoes in my favorite print. It was the triple threat right there.
I instantly knew I wanted them, but I also knew that I have a tendency to buy too much and I had recently put myself on a budget (ugh what timing!).
I stood there frozen in time, holding the shoes that I knew I needed in my life and having an internal battle of the “What to do’s”. I knew I wanted them, but I also knew I shouldn’t break my budge. I knew I could style them with so many different outfits, but I knew that I needed to save my money. I stood there having a very deep conversation with myself and I don’t think I blinked during this internal debate. Because when I finally came to my decision to not buy them and back to reality, Robert’s face had a very worried look. I think he thought I he had lost me there for a minute.
So I said blinked and put the shoes back where I found them.
Now just because I put them back doesn’t mean I stopped thinking about them. It just meant that I needed to figure out “how” to get them. I’m rather crafty when it comes to shopping and deals and I knew deep down inside that it was just a matter of time. So I started stalking them online. I knew it was just a matter of time before I found them somewhere on sale and very fortunately for me, my obsession over these shoes began in the middle of November and we all know what happens in November.
Yep, Black Friday rolled around and I found my “look at me shoes” on sale. My good ole Dr. Martens put their amazing animal print Smith Loafers on sale and I jumped on them. I jumped like a cat jumping on a poor little mouse. There was no mercy and I was going for the kill. I didn’t think twice when I bought them. Now that might be a little over the top, but you get what I am saying. I had been thinking about them for weeks, coming up with outfits that I would wear with them when I did get and I just knew these shoes represented me. They were my statement to world that I was fierce and my shoes told my story. I mean it’s not like people couldn’t already get that from my buzzed haircut and my tattoos, but it was nice to have that finishing touch to the look and feel that I wanted.
I got them a couple of days later (thank you Fed Ex) and have had so much fun styling my shoes. They are everything that I wanted and all the outfits that I cooked up in my mind are looking exactly the way I wanted them to. I have to say, it’s nice when a plan comes together!
So the moral of this story is this….
I’m always saying that style and fashion is so much more than what you wear. Style and fashion is about how your clothes and shoes make you feel when you are wearing them. How do you feel when you put something on? Do you look at yourself in the mirror and think to yourself “Yep that’s me” or do you look at yourself in the mirror and think “Well, it’s not really me, but that’s what society says I should wear so I guess I’ll wear it”. If you aren’t telling yourself the first thing then I hope I give/gave you motivation to find your own style and fashion and rock it. I don’t care how old you are we should all have the freedom to express ourselves in any manner we chose. Including what we wear. When I’m picking out the my outfits out for the day, I pick an outfit that best represents who I am and how I’m feeling for that day. Some days I’m bright and bold and some days I’m more laid back, but whatever the mood, my clothes match me.
My style is an outside representation of who I am on the inside.
Until next time…..