When I was in third grade I traded my beloved vintage floral Little House on the Prairie bonnet for my friend’s trendy pair of tall wedge sandals. I thought they were so grown-up and apparently my mom did too, because I remember her forbidding me to wear them to school. But of course, what’s a good pair of shoes if you cannot show them off, so I immediately disobeyed her and hid them in my school backpack the next morning.
Feeling so clever, as any 8 year old does, I switched into my contraband shoes as soon as the parent drop off cars drove away. I had it all planned out. I’d joyfully wear them all day, and then while on the school bus, make the switch back.
But as I walked several inches taller toward the lineup of yellow buses at the end of the day, my mom tooted her car horn and gave a friendly wave out the window. I remember my cheeks turning pale and my heart racing as I oddly slid into the backseat of the car instead of the front seat - quickly kicking off my tall sandals and stuffing them under the seat.
The memory is fuzzy, but I don’t believe she ever said anything - I mean she had to have noticed right?! But I did learn that day, that being defiant had risks and that my shoe plan had flaws that needed reworking.
So as we tiptoe into April, now is the time to start thinking about sandals! For some of you, it might feel a little early in the season, but one of my shopping hacks is to be a couple steps ahead of the crowd (nice pun, huh), before any favorites are out of stock. And good news… we can wear any shoe we want now that we’re grownups - so have fun!
Post Script Note:
I’ve wanted this Curated Community to be a place where we all can share helpful tips and shopping notes, and switching from the former individual email format to an online community means two great things!
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