March 1, 2008



by Janna Lutz

I was recently hired by a company that requires me to wear closed-toe shoes. For most people this would not be a problem, but up until now I have been the proud owner of only one pair of shoes. pair of shoes. It is okay to be shocked; I am too.

Why is my collection so exclusive and singular in its roster? I could lie and say I am a most unusual and extreme elitist. But really, I have ogre feet (think Shrek people) and comfy shoes are hard to come by. As a matter of fact, I almost abhor shoe shopping. (Somewhere Carrie Bradshaw is weeping.) I have been content in my too-big "Ye Olde Nurse Betty" sandals until the time came to find new shods for my tootsies.

Well, by golly, the time arrived this past weekend, and there I was on Sunday afternoon, trying on shoe after shoe after shoe as my sister assisted in the quest to find my glass slipper. My feet have not seen the inside of a friggin sock in months, let alone pretty Tommy Hilfiger tennis shoes. Yes, she succeeded. They are not really that comfortable, and I have tripped over my feet more than once. I am very much out of my podiatric comfort zone.

It is not a lot of fun to be thrust (sometimes literally, and with socks) into a place or situation that demands immediate change. But there is always a choice... stay in your bubble of complacent comfort with sandals that cause blisters when you walk in them too much because they do not fit properly, OR slip in to new shoes that may feel a little weird at first but are better for the future. Cinderella had it easy.

Janna has been a writer at heart since she first learned how to spell her name. She published her first children's book in 2001 and is currently working on her second. She has also been working as a freelance artist since 2006. Janna is slowly building a reputation as a solid and accomplished writer with a myriad of projects under her belt. She is currently a monthly contributing writer to Femme Vip e-zine and a senior writer for My Online Ghost consulting services. You can find more of her work at her website, Loquacious Rhetoric.