I bought a cute pair of shoes the other day. They made me sooo happy… until I wore them. Then, I wanted to bring them to life like Pinocchio just so I could beat them to death.
What if I’d had to out run something? What if my train had stopped in the middle of God-Knows-Where and I’d had to walk or hike or bushwhack? I’d have probably taken the shoes off and gone barefoot.
I felt legitimate visceral Hate1 for these shoes. So much so that I shoved them in the back of the closet as soon as I got home to prevent myself from accidentally saving them or slipping them on in a fire.
Sure, I’ve said it is important to live with small inconveniences now to help yourself in the long run. This is why I didn’t complain while they were on2. I suffered in villainous silence, plotting the ruination of those tow-abusing monstrosities.
Another thing I did? I went home and reevaluated my shoe collection and organization. If you have, as I do, a metric shit ton of shoes, you’ll want to consider keeping them in different places. Specifically, some shoes should be by your major exits. I realize to some organized people this is blasphemous. But there is good reason for this:
- If you keep all your shoes in your shoe closet in your hall/bedroom/guestroom/place that’s not the exit itself, you run the risk of leaving your home without them if you leave in a hurry.
- Choice is not always what you need. Sometimes you just need to know you’re weather ready and shoed.
Not only should you consider keeping a pair of should near the exit, you should also consider what kind of shoes you put by the door. Just imagine a time you might need to run out of the house. For example:
- You’re late for an event (wedding, party, boat, etc.)
- You’re late for work
- Your house is on fire
- You need to meet someone urgently (hospital, blackmail, etc.)
- You’re trying to out run an intruder
When you picture these things, do you see yourself wasting time tying laces? Are you mildly or moderately concerned with your appearance? Do you expect that once you complete the fast paced portion of getting to the event you’ll be lounging comfortably?
For some reason, any situation you need to run to is likely not going to be relaxed once you get there. No one wants to sit in a municipal waiting room chair with nothing to occupy their thoughts but the painful pressure on their little toe. Also, most places are not appropriate places to remove your shoes–no matter how much your feet hurt, you will be judged.
Things to consider when sorting out which shoes get to be your Run Away options.
- Flat shoes that don’t require mental energy to wear (sure you can slip into clogs, but you can slip right back out just as easily.)
- You can run in them if you need to (I’ve sped to the train station, parked, jumped out of my car, and Ran3 like I was in high school track again to catch a train to make a meting. Running is still a real thing that people have to do. Picture that zombie breaking out of the bathroom you locked him in, you’ll run from that. but in the wrong shoes, you might not hobble fast enough to stay human.).
- They don’t stand out (in a “late for work” emergency you want the black ones or the brown ones, end of discussion.).
- You have worn them before (a shoe might look comfortable but wear like a craft project made of pain, glass, and broken dreams).
- They are weather appropriate (your loafers might be all these things and more but in 16 inches of snow4 you and the exposed tops of your feet will not be in love forever and ever).
- You can easily put them one in less than 30 seconds (no stomping into the boot, buckling the thing, tying the laces, or finding socks. They should require no steps aside from 1. Put shoe on. 2. Put other shoe on.)
- They can be worn without socks (Really? You’re fleeing your house and you’re going to stop and look for matching socks that don’t clash with the shoes or fall in the wrong way or are thick enough…? If so, you deserve to die/get fired. Priorities!)