Shoes for Mom

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I took Mom

to buy new shoes.

They were the


shoes I’ve ever seen.

She said,

“These are just what I was looking

They are comfortable.

Do you have any other colors?”

I shuddered, then smiled.

Mom bought two pairs of shoes.

I wondered,

is this my future




23 thoughts on “Shoes for Mom

  1. This slice makes me laugh, but it also makes me a little sad. My mom used to be a shoe queen– I don’t know anyone who had more shoes than she did. And now she has balance issues and buys shoes just like the ones your mom bought, and I hate them. And I miss my mom.

  2. Yea, another mom story – I was hooked right away. Let’s hope there are comfortable shoes with a little more sassy appeal when we are older. However, my college daughter finds older people adorable and just gushes over them in the grocery store so maybe the shoes don’t matter.

  3. I think, having Maxine as my mother who was so focused on fashion, I took the opposite road and dressed for comfort. The only shoes I wear now are Birkenstocks…but I have found some that have a bit of style now.

  4. Lynn says:

    Oh Elsie, you made me laugh! But also put fear in me as well . . . no disrespect to your mom BUT OMG I hope I never want to wear them either!

  5. We used to call these ‘lunch lady shoes’, and now as an older woman, I still don’t wear them, so probably they won’t be your choice, but who knows? I am most comfortable in my old almost worn out tennis shoes, but don’t wear them in public. Fun to contemplate what’s next!

  6. Terje says:

    Who are we to judge? I can say it is not going to be your future. I remember the clothes and shoes my grandma wore. My mom doesn’t wear anything like that. You can wear what you wish and like. 🙂

  7. Since having had a bad bout of plantar fasciitis (sp?) about ten years ago, I am very careful about what I put on my feet. It’s a terrible challenge to find the combination of fashionable and comfortable as I need a “wide” width as well. When you’re 80 and your feet feel good I’m sure you don’t care what other people think! Good daughter for hiding your true feelings.

  8. Nina Anderson says:

    I bet, somehow, the shoes are perfect for your mom. My mom also picks the most heinous pair of shoes and then tried to buy two pair – one for her and one for me. Stay strong – don’t wear ugly shoes until they’re not ugly to you anymore!

  9. This is so perfectly 80 something that I just had to laugh! The fact that you so as much as you did in so few words is just testament to the great writer that you are. Super entertaining this morning!

  10. Joyce says:

    I have a very dear friend (my age) that is my shoe police, deeming some of my shoe choices as being too old lady ish. I just want comfort. I hope you will have that friend. You will probably be that friend!!!😉

  11. rosecappelli says:

    Love this! Last year I bought some shoes which were very comfortable but maybe lacking a little in fashion. My daughter noticed them and when I asked her what she thought she just responded that they weren’t her style. She probably could have written your slice!!

  12. Cracking up! Those are pretty ugly, I am in total agreement. Perhaps what they lack in style, they make up for in comfort? I don’t think you need to worry about those shoes being in your future. You are a non-conformist, boundary pushing kind of gal. You would never settle for anything so traditional. 🙂

  13. Perfect, tiny slice. Thanks for including the photo. What doesn’t work for us now, may be our future, you never know! I’m sure your mom was so happy with her new shoes.

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