You had me at hello—at least that’s what I thought when I first opened the box containing my brand new pair of colorful sneakers, just a few days before leaving en vacances with my husband, baby and ten—count ’em, ten—pieces of luggage (car seat and stroller bags included). The elegant teal hue, the pristine white tread—my heart surged with joy, but also anticipation: Could you be the one?
By “the one,” I mean the pair of walking shoes that would carry me through the entirety of my trip to Paris—and eastern France—sans blisters. The pair that would effortlessly match everything in my suitcase. The pair that would actually help me lighten my already heavy load.
Because here’s the thing: I took a sartorial risk. I packed only two pairs of shoes—a pair of booties and you. In that teal color, you were bold enough to wear with blue jeans but sleek enough to pair with a dress. But even more important than appearance was the way your flexible outsole grazed my heel and toes, delivering comfort when I needed it most.