On my journey toward minimalism, I have a rule: I’m not allowed to buy things because they are on sale or a good bargain; I must only buy things that I love, even if they’re more expensive. As a result, I have discovered two pairs of shoes that I never want to take off, that make me dance joyfully around the house whenever I put them on.
I have become a Shoe Person.
(Note: Neither of these shoes are vegan, which I would vastly prefer. I haven’t yet found any vegan shoes that fit correctly in a style that I like. I’ll keep looking.)
I bought these early in 2011 for my (snowy, rainy) trip to Blue Heaven, and fell in love. I put them on and my feet feel as if they’re being hugged by something big, warm, and soft… like a maybe a friendly polar bear or a yeti. They’re great for long walks, light hiking, errands, and keeping my feet toasty in freezing cold movie theaters and hockey stadiums. They’re great in rain and snow. If I had to choose one shoe to wear every day for the rest of my life, it would be these amazing Merrells.
These glorious shoes have just recently come into my life, but have already wowed me. I think I’ve asked Chris to admire them three dozen times in just three days. (Usually I say something like, “If my shoes are making me look too awesome for you to handle, just say. I’ll understand. I won’t take them off, mind you, but I’ll understand.”) They are full leather (boo!) but the insoles are soft and cushy and make my toes delirious. In the dark brown color I chose, they look a little like cowboy boots sticking out from my jeans. Like all the best shoes, they make me feel comfortable in my own skin, and mighty.
I am now up to 11 pairs of shoes (2 sneakers, 2 hiking, 2 brown, 2 black, 2 sandals, 1 slight heel), which is, frankly, three or four pairs too many. I’ll be looking to cull a bit in the coming weeks and months. These two, however, are here to stay.