Stilettos, High Heels, Crocs

Despite being a part of the Stiletto Gang, I wince whenever I see an actual Stiletto. No, I’ve never had a pair.

Years ago, though, I did wear high heels everyday to work. Looking back I wonder how I did it. I had my first real job working as a file clerk for Pacific Bell in downtown L.A. To get there, I rode the bus, then the streetcar to 8th street, then I walked four blocks up hill to the office building.

Like everyone else back in that time period, besides the heels, of course I wore nylons (no pantyhose yet), and dresses.

At the job, we often sat on little stools to get into the bottom drawers to do our filing, what a trick with skirts. Nylons didn’t last long either.

I even had high heels for leisure, cute sandals.

As I got older and had more kids, the high heels were saved for dress-up occasions and work. On and off I worked as a telephone operator, mostly in Oxnard while hubby was stationed there. Even though no customers ever saw us, we were required to wear nylons and dresses to work. And yes, I wore my high heels then, even when I was pregnant. Three times I worked at the phone company, got pregnant, worked until they wouldn’t let me any longer, and left.

But, I digress. Back to the heels. I didn’t feel dressed up unless I had on heels.

When we moved to where we live now and took over the residential care facility, I didn’t wear heels while I was working with the ladies we cared for, but I wore them when we went to town, or I had to go to a meeting.

I did this for several years until I finally realized, I could still look fine with a nice pair of flat dress shoes. Now that’s all I have–and they better be comfortable.

Really, since I’m now a great-grandmother there’s not anyone I need to impress. You’ll not find a single pair of high heels in my closet today.

Okay, big confessions of the day, do I still get to play with all you Stiletto Gang cuties?


8 replies
  1. The Stiletto Gang
    The Stiletto Gang says:

    I'm working on a book and wearing old bedroom slippers. I may change to sneakers if I take a break for a walk. In the back of my closet I've got a few pairs of heels — but I last under an hour in them, no matter how comfortable they seem in the store!

    Thanks for the great blog,

  2. Dea, Kia, Jake
    Dea, Kia, Jake says:

    I always get dressed every day before I do anything else–but you can be sure my shoes will be comfortable, no matter what the plan of the day might be.


  3. Susan McBride
    Susan McBride says:

    Right now, I'm in jammies and fuzzy flip-flops! I do love heels, but save them for special occasions. A long time ago, I had flats in every color. Now I wish I had them all back! People definitely don't dress up as much anymore, not for anything. I remember when my mother used to put my sister and me in dresses to fly on a plane to see my grandparents! I sort of miss gussying up for as many things; but then again, it's so much more comfortable to go casual!

  4. Zita
    Zita says:

    It's perfectly fine with me that you are not wearing heels to work anymore, provided it doesn't bother you that, now that the weather is fine, I will be wearing my Softmoc sandals to work. =)

  5. Misa
    Misa says:

    Flip flops are my stilettos! And if I'm dressing up, I'll go for the fun and funky, or the wedge heels. Actual stilettos, not so much!

  6. Anjali Kapoor-Davis
    Anjali Kapoor-Davis says:

    I'm catching up on emails after being out of town and just read your post. I have to laugh as I was wearing heels for the past 2 days when my normal footwear is sneakers or flip flops. The reason for the heels, I was in Sacramento meeting with various elected officials and their staff. It was a good opportunity to do some research on a story I'm working on but I'm not sure my feet or back will ever forgive me. It's been said that you have to have "thick skin" to be a politican (or a staffer), but I didn't realize that they meant the skin on my feet! : )

  7. Susan McBride
    Susan McBride says:

    Anjali, I hope you get a chance to soak those puppies now that you're home! High heels can be murder! 😉

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