But… which foot forward?

Jul 3, 2015 | 4 comments

The Blue Pair

The Blue Pair

As any thinking woman will tell you, you can’t have too many shoes. With that truism in mind I just bought two more pairs of lol (as in little old lady) tennie runners. You might remember that I recently purchased a pair of black Converse low-tops. I love them. But, in an effort to be color coordinated, I’m wearing out my black Levis.

Red Shoes

The Red Pair

So… as of yesterday, I also have a pair of sneakers in blue and one in red. Woot! Woot! And, a la our friend John from the Espy Foundation days, I intend to mix and match. I am beginning that fashion statement tomorrow, the Fourth of July. One red shoe, one blue, both with white laces and trim. What could be more patriotic? But, the tricky part is deciding which shoe for which foot.

Black Shoes

Black Shoes

At first that seemed a no-brainer. These days, the political left is associated with blue and the political right with red. So, left foot, blue; right foot, red. But… when I stride on out, I try to put my best foot forward. (According to Wiktionary, to put one’s best foot forward is to show one’s self in the most positive way possible; to make a favorable impression.) Since I am right-footed, that would mean putting my red foot forward and I really don’t think that’s what I want to do.

Let Me Count The Ways

Let Me Count The Ways

According to Wikipedia, Footedness is the natural preference of one’s left or right foot… Over 90% of right-handers are also right-footers; right-footedness hence predominates in the general population. The item goes on to say: Only about half of the left-handers, however, are left-footed. I’m still trying to wrap my left-brained mind around that. I guess the unaccounted for percentage must be ambidextrous or, more specifically, ambifooted. Which I am not.

When all is said and done, of course, two different shoe colors is a fashion statement, not a political statement. And I wonder who will notice, anyway. As John (who is a teacher) once told me, Kindergartners spot the differences; most adult don’t. Bottom line, then – maybe it will be a test.

4 Comments

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    What fun! What does Charlie think?

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    • sydney

      Not a clue!

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  2. Michelle C.

    I am ecstatic that you have joined the Chucks family, Sydney! They are my favorite shoe and the students just love them. I have not stopped to count how many pairs I have lately but it grows by one or two each year.

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  3. Cate Gable

    This is hysterical!

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