The foot of the problem

There are lots of articles that offer tons of advice on the topic of packing light. I would take the time to look them up, but I think I know what they say.

The experts will tell me I’m less likely to throw in last minute items if I pack a day or two in advance. In other words, I should think ahead.

The packing pros will urge me to make a list of what I will and won’t need for the trip. But I know me, and, after I reach my destination, I’ll wish I’d packed that black dress or my jean jacket or, well, more choices.

Others will suggest I buy a smaller bag and pack in it no more than will fit. I do use a smaller bag–along with two or three additional “smaller” bags.

I’ve considered buying compression pouches like they take to outer space, but I’m no Judy Jetson. She was ahead of our time. I’m not there yet. 

I already roll, rather than fold my clothes. I’ve stuffed belts and travel-sized toothpaste and shampoo inside my shoes and forgotten where I put them.

Shoes. That’s the foot of my packing problem, really. 

If I didn’t have to wear shoes then I’d stop buying them and never again have to deal with packing them.

Gary and I can’t seem to go anywhere without a separate shoe bag or two.

OK. I’m the one who actually requires the shoe bag; he gets along fine with no more than three pairs—casual, dress, and running shoes. Golf shoes don’t count. They have their own special pocket—tucked away in his golf bag.

You’ll never hear me claim that—when it comes to shoes—I’m different than most of the female species. You’ll never hear me say, “I can get by with fewer pairs of shoes than my friends.” 

Women own more pairs of shoes than men. We do. We must.

Unlike my husband, I cannot live solely on shoe shades of black, brown and tan alone. Female human beings can’t do without additional hues of navy, red, blue, gold, silver, and pink. 

The temptation to spritz up our wardrobes with colorful striped and patterned footwear is too much. We just can’t say, “No.”

Girls need heels for formal attire and flats to dress up casual clothing. One should not wear running shoes when playing tennis or tennis shoes when running. One should not wear shoes designed for clay courts on hard courts and vice versa. 

Sometimes, it rains. Puddles require rain shoes. Lakes in places where there are no lakes require rain boots. I own both. I wear both—more than I’d like.

Sometimes, it snows. I’m lucky to squeeze two, maybe three, pairs of boots into the same bag I used in summer.  Yes, the same bag that carried five pairs of TOMS, three pairs of clunky heels, and another three pairs of sandals.

The answer to the problem is oh, so simple. Some creative someone out there needs to invent a Jamie Bond (JB) brand. 

You know Jamie, as in Bond, Jamie Bond. Give me shoes that switch from heels to flats with the quick flick of a button.

Let’s go for the cutting edge in shoe technology. Design JBs that convert from one to at least five different versions of footwear. 

I picture me wearing sandals. A popup rain shower pops up, and click, my sandals are rain shoes. 

I walk into a social occasion wearing flats and realize I’m underdressed. One click and my flats are transformed to heels. 

I don’t have time to run home between the social outing and my tennis game. Click and my heels become court shoes.

Until my dream becomes reality, have shoe bag will travel.

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