I am not a shoe person. Maybe it’s because I have such large feet. I don’t know. I think shoes are cute and all, but I find that I manage just fine to frequently get through a whole week using only one or two pair. Last time I bought flip flops was seven years ago. Either they were a really great pair, or I have majorly low standards when it comes to ped-apparel.
As of last week, however, I have three pair of footwear specifically devoted to various forms of art.
It started in high school with these.
My older sister and I got really into figure skating, even purchasing some high-end boots and practicing several times a week at the Eden Prairie Community Center.
I liked to pretend that I knew what I was doing.
Then in college I took a semester of organ lessons, necessitating my purchase of these:
After years of being tucked away in a box, I am finally wearing them again on a somewhat regular basis as I take lessons from our church organist.
Alas, last week, I rounded out the set with pair number 3:
Ballet slippers! Ever since my first visit to the Saint Paul City Ballet, I have been SO antsy to take a class. The summer adult session began last week! I think my legs are finally no longer sore – just in time for the next class tomorrow night.
Oops. I stand corrected [in first position, of course]. This started before high school.
I’m not sure that the above class really counts though because the only thing I remember from it is the horrified and confused feeling of not knowing what to do during the building’s fire drill.
The happy family:
Oh, wait. Nathan is feeling left out. He’s got some opera shoes too.
“Just flip flops” you say? Nay.
They completed the ensemble for his role in Madame Butterfly. I mean really – what’s a Japanese production without the socks/flip-flops combo? (Sorry I’m totally stereotyping, but, well, you know what I mean.)
So, here is the complete happy feet family.
Yes, I did strategically include the piano pedals in that shot. I never anticipated my feet playing such a variety of roles in my life.
What do your feet do?
Happy Arting – with all of your appendages!