Shoes, ladies I know you think about them a lot, and some of you guys too, but how many of you wear shoes that would let you down in an emergency situation? Ladies I talking about running around in high heels, or little flip flop sandals…
Now I’m not saying you can’t wear these kinds of shoes, but perhaps you should seriously consider stashing a more suitable pair of shoes that could be quickly accessed in an emergency.
I can remember each and every time I wore something besides my boots in the last 5 years, the most recent time was at our Easter choir program at church, the time before that was the Christmas choir program, at church. I wore slinky sandals to each one, BUT I had my boots with me in the truck, just in case anything happened on the way to or on the way home from church. I also had a pair of socks to go with the boots.
I understand that I live in a manner that most do not, I live on a mountain side, in the high desert of far western Texas, I have to hike up to my cabin from where we park, it’s not a long hike, but there are lots of things that poke, stab, sting and bite, I could not wear sandals or any other kind of girly shoe, at least not outside.
So back to you and what you wear. Many ladies like to wear their cute, open toe shoes, high heels, slippy sandals, flip flops, it’s easy on, go to the corner store, drive home, go to work and come home… no problems, until you have a problem. What if you get a flat tire and there isn’t anyone who can fix it for you? Are you going to try to change a tire on the side of the road in a pair of flip flops? If you don’t change the tire, then you might have to hoof it, you might have to walk, and even walking a short distance in less than shoes might be dangerous to your little tootsies. Think of some of those parking lots with broken concrete and bits of glass here and there, given a choice, which would you prefer wearing if you had to walk across them, your cute girly shoes or a pair of your comfortable sneakers?
What if you were on your way somewhere in your car and you had a wreck, you might have to crawl out of wreckage with not much protecting your feet. What if there were some sort of emergency at work and you had to quickly flee for your life, would you be able to safely do it in what you normally wear to work? Consider what you wear out and to work, if you had to RUN in those shoes, would you be able to do it?
A few months ago, I was in a dr’s office with a friend, while in the waiting room a very stylish young lady walked in, she was wearing the highest heels I have ever seen on anyone, not only were the heels high and spiked, the rest of the shoe, the part under her toes were at least an inch to an inch and a half tall. I had to ask her if they bothered her feet at all, she assured me they didn’t, no I didn’t believe her, she also said she could run in them, I didn’t believe that either… perhaps on smooth ground, with no pressure, she MIGHT be able to trot a few steps, but I don’t believe for one instant that she would be able to run for her life wearing those stilettos, I guarantee you that I could have outrun her, the zombies would be feasting on her brains, not mine, of course there is the question of which one of us they would have gotten more nourishment from :)
I am not saying you should have to completely give up your stylish shoes, but be smart, keep a pair of old sneakers in your car (along with a pair of socks), keep a pair at work too, make it easy on yourself to be able to access them in the event of an emergency. This way if the worst does happen, you will be able to toss on your sneakers and hoof it to where you need to go with your feet safely ensconced in toe protecting, running if you need to, comfort.
By the way, who’s idea was it to put women in slinky, high heels anyhow? Who decided it “looked good”, or sexy, or whatever it is thought of, I can tell you that it wasn’t a woman! From what I understand, it was done “back in the day” to keep the women in harems and sex slaves from being able to run away. Why else would it be considered fashionable to stuff our feet into impossibly small shoes with little support, even less protection and teetery high heels?
Guys, this goes for you too, I know most of you aren’t wearing heels, but I see you guys running in and out of the corner grocery store in your flip flops that have seen better days. Same thing goes for you, toss a pair of sneakers in your car, keep a pair at the office, they will suit you better in a crisis than those expensive loafers with no traction.
For you ladies who have to wear dresses to work, or choose to wear dresses, it would also be a good idea to toss in a pair of jeans, a good pair of cotton or leather utility gloves (remember you might have to change a tire), these are better than insurance policies, hopefully you’ll never need them, but it would be far worse to need them and not have them. Keep these in a small bag in your car, hopefully where you can access them easily.
It’s a matter of being and living smart, just do it!
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