Old Lady Shoes

Posted by dianne on Mar 6, 2011 in Articles | | No comment

Do you remember old lady shoes? The kind our grandmothers wore? I swore I would NEVER wear old lady shoes. This particular vow was made when I was about 11 years old. At the time I had two wonderful grandmothers and four sweet doting grand aunts all of whom I just adored. But they all wore those awful shoes. They were dainty little black leather lace-up shoes with thick heels about an inch and a half high.

In those days nuns regardless of age wore old lady shoes, too. It was pre-Vatican II and the full habits with wimples and veils were the thing. Even though cat’s eye glasses (some with rhinestones) were popular, nuns wore only the plainest rimless spectacles. When I was in high school a young nun confided that while she had no trouble adjusting to the habit, veil and the rimless glasses; that first pair of old lady shoes came as a blow.

I hadn’t thought about old lady shoes in years. It seemed that they not only went out of style but simply were not even manufactured any more. I was reminded of those shoes today. I lost a pair of shoes. Just lost! They are nowhere in this house. I must have left them in a locker at the fitness center. I called the fitness center to ask if a pair of brown leather size 7 clogs had been found in a locker. The receptionist at the fitness center knew exactly the type of shoe I described. She went off to look in the lost and found.

These are great shoes and I own three pair. I love those shoes. With blue, black and brown ones to choose from, I can wear them just about every day. They are ever-so-comfortable. They have good arch support and balance.

That’s when the realization suddenly hit me. Oh my gosh! I’m wearing old lady shoes! They don’t make my grandmother’s old lady shoes anymore because my comfy clogs are selling like hot cakes. Most of the women in my book club wear them. My doctor who is ten years older than I am wears them. And the teenagers who wear flip flops even in the winter wouldn’t be caught dead in them.

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