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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

I've spent a fair amount of time recently in airports, a great place to people watch. The thing that caught my attention the most was--shoes.

Now understand, I'm not really a big shoe person (though after buying some good shoes from Zappos as a birthday present from Kristin I could be tempted) but these were hard to miss.

I saw SO many women with these big stilettos on. I'm not talking sensible pumps here, people. I mean shoes high enough to give you a nosebleed. Some of them in leopard skin. Some BOOTS with heels pointy enough to stab someone's eye out (hey I write suspense, I can't help thinking those things.)

What are they thinking? First off, they have to take those knee length boots OFF and put them back on after going through security. And do they think it's just a stroll through the house to get to their gate? I saw some women limping. Well yeah, you're going to limp if you wear those killers for more than five minutes.

Then there are the sandals. People with flipflops. Good heavens, they'd better pray they don't get a window seat or they will freeze!

So explain it to me--what do you wear to travel and why? I need someone to help me make logic out of this. LOL
Colleen Coble  
posted at 11:41 AM  
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At 8:46 AM, Blogger Katherine said...

Sandals are the ultimate travel shoe because you just step out of them. They're also light, easy to walk around in for hours through the airport, and easy to adjust for climate control. If it's hot on the plane, cool feet help a lot! If it's cold, pack a pair of socks in your carry-on to put on during the flight.

At 8:53 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Sandals would be better than flip-flops because at least you could put socks on with them. But I'm NEVER hot on a plane and I'm generally cold, so I might as well put the socks on the first thing. LOL

I like to wear clogs since I can slip them right off and on just like sandals and they're warmer.

Shoes sure reveal a lot about us. LOL

At 9:06 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

I wear the "camper" sort of shoes, Chacos, Tevas, a K-swiss tennis, Merrill, etc. Just found out from my sister-in-law that when we're in Italy in a few weeks we're going to stick out like sore thumbs because apparently, the shoe-wear you described, is the main part of an Italian's dress. THey snub (literally) casual shoes. Oh, well, I wasn't going to try to compete in the fashion capital of the world!

At 10:51 AM, Blogger Keisha-Michelle said...

Sorry Colleen, but I'm an airport flip-flop wearer! I always have a big enough carry on to put tennis shoes and socks in just in case I do have a window seat, but with all the ridiculous, but sometimes necessary security at airports, flip flops are a lot easier for me.

Besides, when I marry Chris Tomlin and we're flying everywhere, I can't be held up at security when my husband is trying to get to another city to sing the praises of God. ROFLOL :)

At 10:57 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Basic black, flat (no heel) Ecco "mary janes"-style are my preferred shoe...but then I wear them for everything and everywhere--whether it's the plane, classroom, church, mall, etc. :0) Best shoes I've ever put on!

At 1:04 PM, Blogger allen said...

Size 16 sneakers.

At 9:51 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I'm cracking up at you alls posts! Shoes just tell a story all by themselves, don't they? LOL

At 12:46 PM, Blogger Katie said...

I travel a lot with my husband when he goes away on business so I get to see a lot of travel wear. The people from Detroit mostly seem to dress really nicely, I always feel intimidated by them. California dressers are either sharp business dressers or cool-summer chic dressers.

I feel so "at home" after being away a long time, when I'm getting on a plane headed back to seattle and almost everyone is dressed just like me...crunchy granola, relaxed people. Sandals with socks, earth shoes, ALWAYS a backpack, flip flops, fleece jacket or vest and the ever present jeans or khaki's. We all look alike. It makes me go all warm and fuzzy inside.

At 12:48 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

You're my kind of dresser, Katie! LOL I'm in Indiana, flyover zone, where I see people from EVERYWHERE.

At 5:54 PM, Blogger Heather said...

I'm a flip-flop gal when it's having to take the things on and off. Or slides . . .whatever.

We're taking the kids to WDW in May . . . we're getting off the plane and straght to the World . . .seems like flip-flops would be a bad idea. I, however, don't want to have to get shoes on and off myself and the 3 kids (well, the dh would be there to help as well, but still . . . ). Are those crocs things everything I have heard they are? Are they really THAT comfortable? Anyone know?

At 6:12 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I tried some of the Croc slippers (as flip flopas are called in Hawaii) on in Kaua'i. They have these little nubs on them that massage the bottom of your foot. But for me, the strap between my toes felt big and bulky and bugged me. I didn't try the slide on things. They were too ugly for words. LOL

At 2:40 PM, Blogger Heather said...

See . .. the ugly factor has TOTALLY kept me from the croc craze. I don't get how comfort could so completely reign over looks with those things. But the thought of getting on and off all those shoes for a flight in the am, not an appealing thought. But pricing those things. . . don't think I want to pay that much for a little extra airport ease.


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