When I moved to Asheville, I didn’t realize the impact it would have on my lifestyle. I was pretty materialistic before moving here. After all, I came from an area where a local mall contained stores like Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, and Tiffany & Co. Material things were what most people strived for, especially women. Looking back now, I can clearly see how silly those things really are. However, I sometimes find myself longing for the days of getting dolled up and showing off my new digs. These days getting “dolled up” and “showing off my new digs” takes on a whole new meaning.
I. Love. Shoes. I’m not really sure what it is with most women and their obsession with shoes, but I am certainly one of them. And, like most women, I have more shoes than I probably should. Before the move my closet consisted of mostly heels and flip-flops, I did live in the land of the flat, where it is hot all the time, and flip-flops are the norm even if its 40 degrees out. It’s a Florida thang.
What is my favorite pair of shoes? I’m so glad you asked! These little beauties. A gorgeous pair of Cole Haan leather penny loafer pumps. Too cute, right?? Surprisingly, these heels are very comfortable. They are made with Nike Air Technology, which made wearing them for an extended period of time very easy. Seeing as I used to work in an office for 40 hours a week and constantly needed to be in business attire, these were my go-to shoes. I loved them, and I still do. Although, now, they just aren’t practical. I see women, especially tourists, walking around downtown Asheville in heels and I always wonder how comfortable they are. Lets be honest, this town is set right in the middle of the mountains so all your walking is uphill and downhill, heels just can’t be that comfortable. But, who am I to judge.
Now that I work retail for an outdoor outfitter, heels almost seem silly. Almost. I am always fighting the urge to buy a pair of heels just because I say “Ooohhh, these are so cute!” Instead, I say “Oooohhh these are so comfy!”, then I buy them. I have officially traded in my heels for Oboz hiking boots and Chacos. The flip-flops I will never give up, they are still somewhat practical. They are completely practical if they are Chaco Flips!