I am taking a liberal guess, but I can confidently say that nearly all women have a pair of shoes that they endure with pain and will not throw out.
I went to the streets to test my theory. These are their stories.
Jess from Belgrave
“I have sitting shoes, I can’t walk anywhere without holding on to my partner’s hand. He props me up until I find a seat, then I can sit down, looking pretty.”
Other women call their un-walkable footware, their dinner shoes
Jan from Burwood
Jan has 50 pairs of shoes and 12 Boots, which she rotates.
I asked her if she wore uncomfortable shoes.
“Absolutely that’s why I have sore feet. I just grin and bear it, anything for the look. I want to be tall and slim with long legs and when I get home I whinge”
Lizzi Ablmett from St Kilda
“I have 8 or 9 shoes that all hurt and I squeeze my feet into them, every night. I come home with blisters and bunyips. I do it because they look great. Even if they’re the wrong size I don’t care. The problem is my feet, not the shoes.”
Simone from Burwood
Sales Manager and Clothes Stylist
Simone has 41 pairs of shoes.
“I rotate my shoes, if I don’t wear them, I give them away. Since having a baby I no longer wear painful shoes, I need to run around and be able to pick up Alice.”
Bernie from Hallam
Sales Manager and Fashion Coordinator
Bernie leaves shoes at work that she changes periodically, during the day, to regulate the pain.
“I’ll wear painful shoes if they go with the outfit”
Sonia from Watirna
Sonia has knee issues and is forced to wear sensible shoes however she holds onto her ‘unwearables’.
“I look too gorgeous in them, to throw them out.”
Sophie from Elwood
“I am drawn to the statement and collect them like feet ornaments, yet I wear the comfy one’s everyday. My collection waits for me.
Gemma from Mont Albert
“ I was a ballet dancer for 18years, I’ve put my feet through so much pain, I can handle any shoe now.”
Dorota from Mt Waverley
“I have an obsession, all of my friends come to borrow my shoes. People tell me I’m crazy. My uncle, who is a builder made me shelves, for half of my wall, for all my shoes.
Tell me about your favourite.
“ I bought a pair in Poland. If I wear them out at night, I can’t walk the next day.”
Vinita from St Kilda
“I can’t wear heels or my foot will twist, I can’t balance but I always want them”
Do you buy them?
“Yes, a lot, I’ve got 13 pairs, but I only wear two.”
What does you partner say about your shoes?
“When I go shopping, my husband will say. ‘Why do you want them, you wont wear them? He thinks I’m just collecting the things”.
Kshipra from Hoppers Crossing
“I have really high heeled white shoes with pretty straps and I just wore them once. I didn’t take public transport, I got my husband to drive me to the door of the restaurant. When we wanted to walk around the city, I changed into other footwear.”
And do you still have them?
“Yes, its been three years since I bought them but I wont throw them out. I always dust them and put them back, I hope to wear them some day. The hope is there.”
What does your partner say about your shoes?
“ He says, why don’t you give off the ones you don’t’ wear, then buy the new ones? I say, no I’ll wear them some day.”
“At Crown, after the party, I walked out and see these women, the first thing they do is take off their shoes. And there was one girl, no matter what, she did not want to remove her heals. She was holding to her friend, because she couldn’t stand on her own, yet she refused to remove her shoes.
We were watching her from behind and we really thought she would fall.
Based on these stories, I conclude that Cinderella didn’t loose her shoe, she was kicking them off at the end of the Ball.