It's Fall. So far in Illinois the weather's a bit cooler, but not too bad for around here. As I trudge to work in Downtown Chicago and watch others on a similar mission to get to their jobs, I can't help but notice their feet, or more accurately, what's on them.
I'm still wearing gym shoes and will as long as I can. I guess I'm slow on the uptrend, or just not with it. When did boots become so popular that women wear them when they don't really have to yet? In the past 3-4 weeks, I've seen a parade of all sorts of boots, from the leather, or fake leather, to the suede, vinyl, rubber, and synthetics. The leather ones are usually brown or black, with an occasional gray or cordovan. They're with either pointy tall heels or sensible flat heels, low to the ground or with tire tread like soles and heels. The suedes are usually tan or beige, with not much of a sole or heel, and look almost look tall slippers.
Then there are those waterproof boots that seem to have caught on even before the seasonal boot craze. Most of them are outrageous in color and design, and don't always match much of anything, but apparently afford good protection from the dreaded wet sock syndrome.
I don't know about you, but I hate the thought of something confining my legs. I don't wear boots until I have to, like when it's really cold or when there's ice or snow on the ground. Then, I reluctantly throw on my boots, which are a sturdy variety with sensible heels, since I don't care to lose my balance.
And what about the guys, what kind of boots do they wear? I don't see them wearing boots just yet, at least not Downtown. In the neighborhoods, I might see them wearing cowboy boots with jeans. Personally, I found those cowboy boots very sexy. When the weather gets messier, Downtown I'm sure I'll see them wearing the kind that slip on over dress shoes, or maybe even galoshes if it's really messy out.
You just might ask what boots have to do with writing. As in almost everything in everyday life, there's a connection.
A description of what kind of boots a woman wears hints at her personality, such as:
High heels - risk taker.
Sturdy heels - sensible person.
Designer boots - wealthy or someone who overspends to make a good impression. The over-spender could be insecure, or another risk taker.
Suede boots - very popular these days - Someone who likes creature comforts, or just likes following the trend.
And the guys -
Cowboy boots - Alpha kind of guy, sure of himself, or maybe just someone looking for something comfortable with jeans
Galoshes - Practical, not worried about appearances
Slipons - Executive type, fashion conscious.
Now what about you? When do you put your boots on? What kind do you wear? What do your boots say about you?