Spring fashion should be fun, not painful

It’s the week after Easter, the time when many young women are facing the inevitable: Post-Easter foot pain.

It really sets the tone for what we’ll be wearing the next few months. For girls of a certain age, that’s a really big deal. It’s been months since the holiday sparkle made it OK to wear rhinestones and glitter.

For many of us, the struggle started right around the time we turn 7. That’s about when it’s no longer fashionable to wear a pretty dress with sneakers. I remember showing up to school wearing a pink gingham dress and my The Winner sneakers from Sears, ready for square dancing for Rhythm Day Friday. That year, the girls were wearing Yo-yos shoes, most of which were strappy sandals on a 3-inch platform. This was long before Birkenstock inspired all the Birkenstock copycats that girls wear today. Yo-yos, with their peekaboo hole in the sole, were everywhere as soon as it was warm enough to wear sandals. That they made those big chunky sandals in sizes for 7-year-old girls isn’t as incredible as the fact that all the cool girls had a pair the week after Easter break. By the end of that week, they also all had blisters.

Many high school girls jump at the chance to get all dressed up to try to look older, and church services on Easter is an excellent opportunity to do just that because nobody suspects that kind of trickery when you’re accompanied by your mom, dad, little sister and grandma all wearing their Sunday best. Most of the time will be spent sitting, and that’s the perfect time to wear heels during the day. But girls who aren’t used to walking in heels learn quickly that walking from the parking lot into the church – and then to wherever the family ends up having lunch – isn’t as easy as it looks. One can always spot the rookies. Never mind the awkward teetering, tiny stepping, the skinny heel that gets stuck in the sidewalk cracks or sinks into the mud, the young ladies who make it home with pinched toes and occasional twisted ankle often change into chanclas as soon as they can.

But even the chanclas don’t guarantee a safe Sunday for the feet. How many moms have spent all their time fixing up the kids, the Easter baskets, the picnic basket, the picnic table —and everything that is going to go on top of it – and found they left no time for themselves? That’s why the rhinestone studded flipflop became popular. It’s quick and always looks good. Too bad it almost always leads to toes that are stubbed, stepped on, spilled upon, splattered with mud or accidentally covered with ants.


So it seems the only safe Spring shoe is the reliable and timeless closed-toe sneaker. That’s why so many of us turn to the plain old Keds. That sneaker is reliable. It is not as fashion forward as the spring sandal, as sophisticated as the high heel or as convenient as the chancla. And, it’s not anywhere near as fun, either.

That’s why we deal with the blisters, the teetering and the ants. Because we’ve been waiting for months. And Spring fashion really should be fun.

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