Shoes have an amazing ability to influence attitude and personality. For example, tennis shoes usually define an athlete while heels can precipitate elegance. I know because I have lived in both.
I began with the former. I played softball and basketball throughout all of my school years, from the age of seven or eight until I graduated from high school. When I wasn't actually playing in a game I was at practice or sitting on the bench with other girls, strong athletic girls who had never worn a dress or high heels in their life. Cleats were what we lived in and tennis shoes or Adidas sandals after practice. I actually remember one of those cute, tomboyish cheers that we used to chant out from the dugout benches saying, "We don't wear no miniskirts, all we wear are socks and shirts"! Since neither one of these attires are preferable, I am not altogether proud that the tomboy in me as a child won over the sleazy teenager.
It was not until I met an inspirational and elegant girl when I was sixteen that my attitude towards footwear was influenced- and changed dramatically.
I had worn heels before, on Easter or to a wedding, but I did not know how to behave when I had them on. I had always felt weird, like someone acting a different personality. I didn't know how to walk. But seeing how my friend wore her pretty shoes so graciously, it was with a new attitude that I approached them now.
I actually shopped for elegant shoes, something I had never bought in my life. I wanted shoes that would contribute to my new desire to become a lady, a Catholic lady, a person who wanted to be simply myself, how God had made me! I actually practiced walking in pretty shoes with a book on my head and tried hard to walk straight and tall, not in the casual attitude that sports had taught me.
This was not easy. It took time to get used to wearing dresses and pretty, delicate shoes instead of the tennis shoes and oversized tee shirts I was used to. But it felt good and I finally found out who I was! I was altogether more comfortable in these "restrictive" shoes than I was in "comfortable" shoes before.
Now when I look around and notice women walking around in UGGs, I cannot help but think how these shoes define those woman as trying to be popular and nothing more. When I see cute little girls wearing tennis shoes and sports apparel I cringe. They are on a certain path to despising their own femininity and becoming sad unfeminine creatures.
So, maybe it is not practical to walk around in glass slippers like Cinderella. I am not saying that a lady has to wear uncomfortable shoes! But at least think about your footwear; think about what you are telling yourself with your shoes. Do you want to be a lady or something foreign to your nature? Which personality will make you happy, which does the world need to function properly, and which does God desire you to be?
The Catholic Lady?
There are very few left who will bear the "uncomfortable" and "unfashionable" qualities of a Catholic Lady's footwear. Not that they have to be so. (There are comfortable and elegant shoes out there, even ones that work for running!)
God help us! Society is intentionally rejecting the simple identity of the shoe.
Where is this leading?