I've been thinking about shoes for the last few days, and knowing that I will most likely go back into retail means I will have to replace all of them. All the slingbacks, pumps, sandals and boots have a 3" to 4" heel and couldn't be tolerated on a tile floor.
Not that I don't love shoe shopping, but I will miss wearing the heels!
There is a certain amount of respect that people give you when you walk into a room wearing heels. It gives you a feeling of power, especially if those heels make you taller than everyone else there, and even moreso if everyone there is male.
The other day when I was at the placement agency, I had to sit out front for a moment before my interviewer came out to get me, but when I followed him back both women watched my boots go by. When we got inside Brian's office he blushed when I shook his hand (Brian is 5'4" to my 6' in boots.)
It's possible that some of my perception is wrong, but wearing heels creates a feeling of strength, confidence and attractiveness that others can sense.
At any rate, I hope to find some sexy gladiator sandals, some slides and another pair of black leather, knee high lace up boots, which were my staples back in the day. I guess I'll have to save the heels for something else.