Back to School/Fall Fever – Expressed Through Shoes

I’ve got back-to-school fever though I’m not going back to school. It’s that time of year that feels so full of promise – time to set new goals, begin new things, start fresh. I know a lot of people feel this way about The New Year and in the spring, but the start of school always meant renewal to me.

Toward the end of each summer my mom would take us on an epic shopping trip where I felt I could define myself with my new wardrobe. I was able to wear new clothes for weeks without a repeat and I loved the challenge of new combinations to stretch out my new looks even further. I would soon have a new teacher, possibly new friends. In any case, I’d have a fresh outlook and the confidence that came with feeling good about how I looked – very important as a teenager.

I’m heading home to NC this fall after spending the past four months traveling in Europe and working in The Netherlands. It’s been beautiful and expansive and soul-enriching. I am very lucky. As I look toward ending my workcation, I find myself thinking a lot about how I want to redefine my life at home. What can I take with me from my time here?

One, I will spend more time on my bike, making it my primary mode of transportation. Two, I will work in an environment I see as beautiful and inspiring. So I am looking for new work I love that is close enough to home that I can ride my bike there.

What about shoes? I’ll need new shoes as I set out on defining my new life and routine. And I am thinking about these:

By Arche, a German shoe company. Style is Gayal, in Cafe.$150-$300. What a great color combination, nice easy shock-absorbing heel, and a sexy ankle strap.

Camper Mar, $115. Love a leather-wrapped heel. And the color and detailing on these makes me swoon.

Neosens Shogun, about 106 euros. These are cute, practical, super-comfortable, and white. I have a hard time finding white shoes I love.

And yes, I can ride my bike in all of these.


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