As soon as I stepped into these, I felt like a hot tamale. These shoes make me imagine salsa dancing, and swishy skirts. So far, I've worn them with jeans to the movies. I've worn them to church. And I wore them to work today with black pants and a black & white top. Toenails, fingernails, and lips = all red! Although these shoes are a little bit brighter red than I'd imagined when I started looking for (and trying on) red shoes, I still love them.
Today (as I was admiring my shoes at work) I realized one reason why I like them so much. When I was a kid, I used to pretend I was Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz." It was one of my favorite games, and I even had a pretend dog named Toto. Imagine my delight when my mom found a stray dog at the grocery store who she brought home. He looked just like Toto! (Both the dog from the movie and my imaginary pet.) Unfortunately, he couldn't stay with us long, and we gave him to a family with no children and lots of land for him to run around. Anyway, I had a pair of bright red keds knock-offs that I wore all the time, pretending to be Dorothy. I think my new shoes must be tapping into fond childhood memories. Especially since the last photo I took (on our very dirty sidewalk) looks like I'm about to click my heels together three times. If only! I'd love to not sit in traffic during my to/fro work commute.