The other day, while shopping at the mall, I spied the most adorable pair of sandals. They were low, corky looking wedges with off-white straps and a row of creamy colored flowers that twirled from the toes right up to the ankle. Not only were they comfortable, not only did they fit, the pretty petals covered up the swelling in my left foot.
As I stood there in front of the mirror marveling at these charming creations, my daughter made the following statement (cleverly disguised as a question):
“Don’t you think they’re a little young for you?”
Now I’m not the type of woman who usually gets upset with this concern, (on the rare occasions when my girls have raised it) so I quietly reconsidered the reflection in front of me.
The shoes looked cute, fresh and yes..maybe a little too young?
I took them off and put them back on the shelf.
Later that evening I went online to study the shoes more closely. What exactly made these sandals “too young?” They were such happy, strappy little things. Were they just too much fun for women over 50? Was it the color? The design? Too many flowers? WHAT WAS IT?!
All of this pondering got me slightly depressed. I’m in decent shape and pretty sure that if you covered my head with a sack, most people would probably guess my age to be younger than it is…
..especially if I was wearing these sandals, right?! 😜
And maybe that’s the problem. Maybe I’m supposed to dress “my age” so that people walking behind me don’t get too startled when they catch up to where I am and see that I have wrinkles under my eyes-
Maybe dressing my age is more about how my clothes (and shoes) “fit” my face and less about how they fit my body..
In which case.. I guess it all comes down to this;
Wear nursing shoes if you don’t want to disappoint anyone approaching from the back..
or wear exactly what you want
and simply stay ahead of the pack.