The Love Affair with the Pair

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Contrary to what the majority of people may think, women are very easy to please. You can make a woman happy with very small gestures, like getting her a chocolate bar when she’s feeling blue for instance, and, yes, chocolate DOES make a woman happy. Another thing that makes a woman happy is shoes. Women are in love with shoes of all styles, colors and heal lengths, and only a small percentage of women are content with owning just a couple of pairs.


Shoes are a source of joy to women, regardless of their age or size. They a crucial part of the fashion statements we make and they help us express ourselves and articulate who we really are. Men may ask ‘Why shoes?’ The only logical respond I have for that is ‘Why power tools? Cars? Watches? Sports?’ It’s the same thing; each gender has its own way of manifesting itself, and women are capable of doing that through shoes.


The fact that shoes are not affected by weight gain is one of the reasons why they are very popular with women. More often than we’d like, we go shopping and feel that nothing looks good on us. Maybe it’s because we have gained some weight or for some mysterious reason we just think we look terrible in everything we try on, but shoes simply do not let us down in that department. There will always be a pair that will make us feel sexy, which is an unconscious aim we constantly strive for.


Shoes can effect how we carry ourselves and can effortlessly slim a thick leg. Heels force us to walk and sit with a straight back, contrary to flats, and they are incredibly flattering to our figures, and it is for this reason that we endure the pain of heels. According to studies, the average woman has approximately 30 pairs of shoes and women with shoe obsessions have 100 to 200 pairs.


Our intimate relationship with shoes starts shortly after we learn to walk, when we slip on a pair of our mother’s shoes, preferably high heels, instantly heightening our sense of what it means to be female. And then we grow up and get to be the same size as our mothers and our personality begins to assert itself with the first independent purchase of a pair of shoes. As adults, we ask shoes to be our representatives. At any given moment, they are indicators of our age, mood and desires.


So, yes, shoes can make a woman feel happy. You don’t need to feel guilty with every pair you purchase, just enjoy it. It’s stressful enough being a woman, the last thing we need is to deprive ourselves from the small pleasures that we have actually control over.



Some tips for happy feet and shoes:

1.      Buy a pair of shoes half a size bigger, as comfort is integral to elegance.

2.      As we get older, feet tend to get longer and wider. It’s useless trying to squeeze into your usual size so just accept the fact and buy the size that fits well.

3.      For the same reason, it’s good to buy shoes in the evening, when feet are at their biggest, and never in the morning.

4.      Try not to wear the same shoes too many days in a row. Ideally, you should change them every day to keep them from losing shape too soon.

5.      Whenever you get the chance, walk around barefoot.

6.      After an evening of walking in high heels, massage the soles of your feet with a tennis ball.

7.      Pamper your feet whenever you get a chance with pedicures. Your feet are the pedestals that support your soul.

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