Tell us about your favorite pair of shoes, and where they’ve taken you.
During the summer when I was turning 20, my mother was so great in letting me study abroad for the summer at the University of London. However prior to that, I had purchased a new pair of shoes the previous fall; a classic pair of black leather loafers, I wore those shoes I think everyday to work and to school. Black leather loafers go with everything; jeans, trousers, skirts, dresses and shorts all you need are cool socks, ankle socks or black tights and your outfit becomes preppy, trendy, bohemian or classic. So during the school year, my sophomore year at N.Y.U, those loafers walked up and down Third avenue, from 59th Street down to Eighth Street and back up again, I was still in the throes of anorexia, so I walked everywhere and biked everywhere and the loafers were always a part of my journey.
My loafers walked all over London, I didn't take the tube, I took my feet so my loafers were included. I walked from Euston Station to the Tate Gallery, to Buckingham Palace, to Camden Street Market and every other important destination worth visiting in London and trust me, you can spend six weeks there and still not even scratch the surface. I loved my time there, it was just glorious.
My shoes also got to do a nice walkabout in Scotland, my friends and I took a bus and went to visit Edinburgh, we walked all over that city and then we took a bus to Inverness and there too, we walked and walked all around to see the Loch to see if we could find Nessie, we didn't, but what a treat to walk through the Scottish countryside. I and my friends fell in love with everything about Scotland.
With my friends and my loafers, Greece was the next project. We landed in Athens from London and my loafers walked amidst the ruins of the Acropolis and the streets of Athens, the great market and the harbor where we took the ferry to the island Aegina and then we decided to pay a visit to the quaint island Hydra, my loafers walked along streets that are thousands of years old and we loved every minute of it. Those loafers were the sturdiest, most comfortable shoes ever and I was very sad when I had to retire them, but they had done as much as they could and it was time for them to say good-bye, that day I had a heavy heart because I really loved those shoes, they had never let me down, no matter how long the journey or what kind of weather, my feet were happy and safe. You don't find a great pair of shoes like that everyday.