Falling in love again at my age…with a pair of shoes

Ladies, it happened. I fell in love again…with a pair of shoes…at my age.

At 53, I thought I was too old.

I thought I forgot that special feeling.

I thought I was over this sort of thing.

I thought I would never experience intense emotion like this again.

But then….I saw them across a crowded room.

Something shiny caught my eye.

Off in the right hand corner of the room.

I wasn’t looking for them.

I wasn’t prepared to fall in love.

I noticed the heels too and struggled as I remembered I actually hated wearing heels.

There was something special about this pair that I couldn’t resist.

They were understated but bold.

Black but with silver accents.

At first, the round, flat, silver metal studs drew me in.

And then….

I was completely smitten with the curvy ankle strap with sparkly buckle.

I was a total goner.

I was swooning as I walked around the store, looking at my feet in the mirrors, searching for a justification to buy them.

I couldn’t find any.

Not one to be found.

I tried.

I paced around some more.

I asked strangers for their opinions.

But I couldn’t find one reason to spend $170 on a pair of shoes that had a high heel and that I didn’t really need.

And then I remembered something.

Another time way back when….a time that I felt this feeling….a time that I also fell in love with a pair of shoes.

The year was 1981.

I was a senior in high school.

The object of my affection was a pair of burgundy clogs, with a gold chain across the top.

I was also smitten then.

Head over heels in love with those shoes.

Yes, pun intended.

And I recognized the feeling again.

For no apparent reason other than pure joy, I felt like I needed these shoes.

Seriously, I stood there absolutely giddy.

Fortunately, I was alone.

My kids and husband weren’t around rushing me through the store or questioning my purchase.

I was all by myself.

Just me, the saleswoman, about a hundred strangers or so and my gorgeous shoes.

OOOPS….Did I just say “my”?

Oh…I guess I did.

The 1000s of other shoes didn’t hold a candle to these. They didn’t capture my complete attention.

I only had eyes for one special pair.

The pair with the pretty silver dots.

Even though I didn’t need them.

Even though the heel was a bit high for me.

This deal was done.

The lesson, my friends, is: You’re never too old for a gorgeous pair of shoes.

You can fall in love again.

And you should.

Because you can.

Because it feels good!

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PS: If you’re interested, these gorgeous show-stopping shoes are called Dotty and made by Onex; I found them here. This is the online store for a particularly AMAZING shoe store in an adorable small town called Bobcaygeon, Ontario (Canada).

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Suzy Rosenstein

Suzy Rosenstein has been honing her laser sharp questioning and listening skills professionally for over 25 years. She coaches working women get out of their midlife funk so that they can be happier and regret-proof their lives! Enter your email today on her website for some quick tips and weekly insights about aging with mindfulness and humor: www.suzyrosenstein.com/midlifefunk