Reminiscences: Musings in Memoir — Prompt #7: Shoes

When Mrs. Fever presented this prompt Shoes, I knew it was one that I had to write about. I think I’ve had a shoe fetish since I was a tiny little girl.

As a child, I wasn’t allowed to have toy cars to play with because those were toys for boys only. So I used my parent’s shoes… my dad’s boots were trucks and my mom’s shoes were the cars. My mother milked another 30 minutes of sleep by letting me play in her closet.

When I was about 2-1/2, we lived in a big green house behind Raff’s Shoe store, which was across the street from Northgate. This was about 1953, three years after Northgate shopping mall opened up as the first mall in the country. Now, after 70 years, Northgate just recently closed up shop.1northgatexmastree

But it 1953 it was almost brand new and the area growing rapidly. I had a little friend named Freddy and Freddy and I loved to sneak into the backdoor of the shoe store and pull down boxes of shoes to play… yes, cars and trucks. Hey, were poor and you had to find your fun wherever you could. One day the manager caught us and chased us out of the door with a broom!

My love of shoes continued as I grew up. In grade school I refused to wear saddle shoes and socks and would only wear flats and Mary Janes. To this day, I hate wearing socks. I would wear knee socks but not anklets, and a preferred tights instead.

When I got old enough to buy my own shoes, I went nuts. I couldn’t just go into a shoe store and come out with just one pair. I had to buy at least three but mostly ended up with 6-7 pairs with each shoe buying trip.

I spent a lot of time at Chandlers, Thom McAn, Kinney’s, Nordstroms, Bon Marche, Frederick and Nelson’s, Jay Jacobs, just to mention a few.

Even now I love looking at designer shoes, although I gave up long ago being able to wear any of them. In fact, due to the damage to my leg and foot, I rarely wear shoes at all anymore. I’m always barefoot. When I go out, I’m in a wheelchair so I’m barefoot even then.

When Polyvore was still around… I loved to style clothing sets and great shoes were always a part of the set, like in this set…



If I was rich, I would collect two things… classic cars and designer shoes… designers like Gucci, Jimmy Choo…


and of course, Christian Louboutin….



And shoes like these…




6 thoughts on “Reminiscences: Musings in Memoir — Prompt #7: Shoes

  1. I love the idea of boots being trucks and shoes being cars!

    I didn’t have any Matchbox cars even though I loved them and played with my brother’s all the time. He had G.I. Joes too, and I would trade him time with my Barbie dolls (which I did not like and never played with) for the use of his “boy” toys.

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  2. I used to use shoes as cars too! I went through a Long, Long Trailer obsession and would play like that for HOURS 🙂
    Shoes are a pleasure of mine too. I’ve got the coolest pair of Fluevogs that are my pride and joy. Mostly though, I wear Birkenstocks or hiking boots.I never could walk in anything higher than flat 🙂

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    1. Birkenstocks are probably the only shoes I could wear now. I’m glad I’m not the only one with this kind of fetish and who use to use them as cars. We had a great imagination, didn’t we?

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