Is there anything more tempting than the quest for the perfect shoe? Or anything more satisfying that the elation of having found it? While our columnist Annie West has a modest collection of footwear, she’s heard the siren call herself and she has friends with more shoes than they will ever wear. This week she celebrates one of our most popular temptations: the shoe!
The prosaic among us will say it’s just that we need to be comfortable. If your shoes don’t fit well you won’t enjoy whatever occasion you’ve gone to – or not for long. Surely it’s worth persevering to find the perfect ones.
And that’s not an easy task – there are so many types. Shoes for walking, jogging, basketball, soccer, tennis, skating. For climbing, hiking, dancing (various), for gardening, wading, walking through snow, for protection at work, for dressing up or dressing down, for adding inches or showing off a great pair of legs, for keeping warm, for business, for seduction. You name it - there are shoes for every occasion.
I pondered the idea of giving an erudite potted history of the shoe, of how they’ve been around for some 9,000 years or more, and how they’ve developed over time. Then there’s the fascinating insights shoes can give us about the society in which they’re produced. But instead I succumbed to the temptation of just enjoying them, as you’ll see from the pictures. I thought it best to let the shoes speak for themselves.
I look at these few assembled here and can’t help but wonder about the people who might wear them. What a huge range of stories!
My own favourites (bearing in mind that in Australia we’re coming out of the cooler months)are a pair of long suede boots in midnight blue which are as comfy as well-loved slippers and lovely and warm in winter. I always feel great when I wear them and I could walk for miles...
Are you obsessed with shoes? Or are you a more sensible shopper, resisting the lure of the exotic or even the bizarre in favour of sensible, functional footwear? What is your favourite pair of shoes?