I love shoes, I always have. Esthetics apart, for me, shoes symbolize the base on which we stand (our feet carry the rest of us), moving forward (not backwards), confidence, strength....
In my life, faced with adversity, I've always moved forward, consciously or unconsciously. I may have fallen backwards occasionally, but I've always pushed on, driven by what I really don't know. Survival? The conviction that there had to be something better?
One of the sayings I live by is, "I moved forward when there was no path." I don't know who wrote that, but I thank him or her.
[Shoe stamp by my friend Dawn Houser.]