Mama Needs a New Pair of Shoes


Dansko Nina

Dansko Nina

Spring is almost here. Summer will soon follow. I’ve nearly survived another winter in Connecticut.

We’re almost there.

I keep telling myself all this, but it’s  not making me feel any better.

In an attempt to pull myself out of my mid-winter blues, I’ve been looking at open-toed, colorful, summer loving shoes.

Don’t judge. We all have our ways of self soothing.

I’m not exactly on the forefront of fashion these days. I’m closer to the backside. That’s painful for me to admit. I buy shoes that have solid soles and a strong grip, so I don’t fall off of them, out of them and into anything disgusting. My style is…um…rustic? I like comfort. I need a supportive arch, because after giving birth to three babies, my arches have fallen (along with everything else).

And there is another element to consider when buying shoes. Self defense.

I’m serious. Think about it – what are a pair of flip-flops going to do for you if you’re locked in the trunk of a car? Attacked on the street? Have to chase your child through the wilderness and encounter some sort of wild animal or a flock of  Canadian Geese?

Have you ever gone up against an angry goose? They’re brutal.  A goose once attacked my daughter’s toes, right in her carriage for a cheesy cracker. I tried to stand up and fight it, but (wearing flip flops) I had turn and run to safety.

It was not a proud moment.

Now, I  take my self-defense advice from the most legitimate place of all: the pageant circuit. Here’s Miss Congeniality showing us how it’s done.  Notice what she’s wearing on her feet?

You can’t slam someone’s instep  efficiently if you’re wearing weak shoes. Your shoes are your secret defense. Attackers don’t know this.

The right pair of shoes can leave your feet fully armed (now that sounds odd) and still make the rest of you look taller, thinner and stylish. Maybe.

Here are a few pairs that I wouldn’t mind wearing this summer. I can’t decide which are the prettiest and the  most functional. Care to help me out here?


Which ones are your favorite? And which ones would allow me to drop a goose with one swift kick and still keep my balance?

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What do you do to pull yourself out  of the mid-winter blues?



  • I am loving all especially the third pair. Seriously, so with you on wanting spring and what better when then shoe shopping!! 🙂

  • Stacy Harris

    I love shoe shopping… It is a guilty pleasure. I will not tell you how many shoes I actually have in my closet. That being said – I bought two pairs of shoes last week. I specifically bought them to go with my new keysocks. Sadly – I bought the same shoe… just different colors – but I couldn’t pass up the deal. I think I could knock someone out if the need arose though!

  • I voted for the 3rd pair…they are so cute and seem like good goose-attackers too. 🙂 And I’m with you about winter time soothing — retail therapy to the rescue!

  • That’s one of the best parts about Spring and Summer…the shoes!! I’ve never been a shoes or handbag girl, usually only had one or two of each. But now things have changed. Don’t ask me why. But I LOVE sandals and different bags. Going to have to get selling on some books and more articles before any of that can happen though! Love the shoes on the left, so pretty.

  • er… ok, I enjoy the variety of the blogs found among (the friends of the Doctrine), and I also enjoy Commentating on as many blog Posts as possible (for a number of different but equally valid reasons), so here goes, (speaking from the Y side of the fence), I vote for Number A.
    (hey, I think I am detecting a certain Doctrine symmetry. If she were to pick a pair from above, I think Stacy would go for the middle ones. Just a hunch.)

  • GirlieOnTheEdge

    Great post! In answer to your question about what shoe would be best for self defending against geese? The middle one. Really, even with a heel. I mean, just look at it. It’s sturdy, rugged and the heel is chunky enough to keep you on your feet and allow you to run if you have to…more importantly it will most likely hold up longer. LOL

  • Cyndi

    I love Danskos. Love them. Can’t always wear them – I have flat fee, too, but yes, that doesn’t stop me from wanting them. 😀

  • Amy

    I love them too! And they last forever, which makes them totally worth the price.

  • Amy

    The middle ones are actually my first choice because of that heel! I think they could do some damage (if the need arises) and I’m not likely to wobble around on them. And I love purple. 🙂

  • Amy

    Shoes are a “clark” obsession, right? I don’t dress up much, but I always want my shoes to be cute. Thanks for weighing in on this! You never know what you’re going to see when you stop by here, right? Lol!

  • Amy

    I often want buy the same shoes in multiple colors because I always have trouble making a decision! I wish my closet was still full of shoes – it used to be. Over the years I’ve had to let go of my shoe obsession a bit. And once you start living in comfy shoes, it’s really hard to go back to anything else!

  • Amy

    Shoe shopping seems to work for me year round. 🙂 It’s the best retail therapy!

  • Amy

    I think once you get hooked on shoes there’s no turning back! 🙂 I hope you sell tons of books and articles. I’m sure it will happen soon!

  • Those Pikolinos are fantastic. Plus I think they’d be able to be worn with the most different colors and outfits. I generally go for the practical when it comes to picking out shoes.

  • Danskos- I’ve got to get me a pair of those this year. I’m the chronic flip flop girl normally. In fact I’m wearing them right now!

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