Wear Red Shoes

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It’s Red Shoe Day Two at Breathing Space.  I would like to scratch off the bit of advice up there that says to wear more skirts, but other than that, this is a great list.

I had shiny red mary-jane buckle up shoes when I was a kid.  There was never a pair of shoes before or since that I loved so much.  My sister and I got matching red shoes at the same time, so mine were handed down to her and she got to wear red shoes for twice as long. Or maybe not, because she was very hard on shoes.  That’s what our mom told her to explain why she had to wear sturdy brown oxfords to school.  They were so ugly we both had a good cry over the unfairness of it all.

The beautiful red shoes made the most delightful racket when we walked.  I remember clomping around on the hardwood floor in the living room until mom told me to stop.  Then I clomped up and down the staircases instead.  I thought tap dancing shoes must be the most marvelous of footwear.  I had no desire to learn how to dance, but I might have professed an avid interest in it if I thought that would get me even noisier shoes.

Is this where my love of red began? And are little girls born with a thing for shoes?  I think the answer to both these questions is a big loud yes.

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6 thoughts on “Wear Red Shoes

  1. Granddaughter celebrated her 2nd here yesterday. She was getting over the flu and thus was rather too prim and demure through all the gift unwrapping while sitting on her mom’s lap…unTIL she opened the package that held pink polka dot with leopard spots MaryJanes. She hauled one ugly- sneakered foot right up to her ear immediately, yanked its offending sock off, too, and did the same with the other. There was not one moment to spare, lol, and she wore these new shoes the rest of the day!

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