For the love of God, if I get back to the states and see another otherwise respectably dressed woman walk the streets of New York City wearing a fancy dress and bright white running sneakers, I may have to smack her. There IS such a thing as comfortable flats people!
Proof #1: the fashionable women of Valencia
Proof #2: my current shoe wardrobe
The corporate version of Casey back in the states wears high heeled pumps, leopard print flats, gold glittery sandals, over the knee boots, green suede ballet flats, and more heels. Too snazzy for work, you say? Never! is my reply. (I am HR. I make the rules.) (Kidding.) (Not kidding.)
The version of Casey who lives out of a suitcase — the version of myself during Remote Year — and the version I’m quite enjoying — has no such options. One checked bag, weight limit 50 pounds. One backpack, weight limit whatever I can physically lift and wear for hours at a time. (Side note: I’m a baller in that backpack.)
A few things before we proceed. I understand that some many men need no such variety in shoes, as many of my male colleagues have 2 pairs of shoes and that’s it. I also understand that some women also have no such need for 7 pairs of shoes. But I do. I’ve worn every pair so far and each has proven multi-purpose and comfortable. I’ve prioritized footwear over packing other items because I’m on my feet all day and usually all night (hello parties til 5am.) (Pro tip: Band Aid Blister Block. Changed my life.)
Shoe #1: Running Sneaks. I toyed with the idea of trail running shoes that could double for hiking, but decided as I work out several days a week and may only hike a handful of times on this trip, and so my Nikes would do the job. And they are.
Shoe #2: Black Toms. My comfy casual walk-all-over-the-city shoes.
Shoe #3: Brown Sperrys. Comfy walk-all-over-the-city shoes that I think I can wear with a dress. Maybe. I’ll see if I can pull it off.
Shoe #4: Black Gladiator Sandals. Admittedly these won’t last more than another month or two (a year old already) but I don’t mind replacing them. You can’t expect a girl to go a whole year without buying shoes, can you?
Shoe #5: Gold Sandals. Dressier, match everything, leather and comfortable.
Shoe #6: Beach Flip Flops. Not good for long periods of time but I can yuck em up pretty good at the beach or the hot springs or if I encounter a questionable shower situation.
Shoe #7: Nude Wedge Heel. This was the challenge for me. To bring a heel or not to bring a heel? Bring 2 heels? I landed on a nude wedge with a 3 inch heel that I wore once and probably not again. These might go home. No one is more shocked about this than me, but I need to be practical. I wore the heels at a fancy welcome event where I could have easily worn my gold flat sandals. I’ll probably pick up a strappy pair in South America for salsa dancing but til then, sayonara