Some days it's hard to make a choice. Do I go barefoot, or do I decide which shoes to wear? It isn't always an easy choice, for I am naturally a barefoot gal. I like this thought by Michael Franti:
You learn a lot when you go barefoot. The first thing is that every step you take
There must be others with these thoughts. K.D. Lang sings "Barefoot." Harry Chapin recorded "Barefoot Boy." Jake Owens sings about "Barefoot Blue Jean Night." I can relate to all of these.
However, shoes and boots have turned up more often in the musical world. And the songs often skew more to a life with a beat. Remember when Nancy Sinatra sang about "These Boots Were Made for Walking?" And Shania Twain had a later hit with her song, "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?"
An earlier song was Dodie Stevens singing about "Tan Shoes and Pink Shoelaces." And we can't forget Carl Perkins song (also recorded by Elvis Presley) titled "Blue Suede Shoes." Of course you can go way back to get a listen to Red Foley singing about "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy."
Another thought I like is one by Amy Adams: I like Cinderella, I really do. She has a good work ethic. I appreciate a good, hard working gal. And she likes shoes. The fairy tale is all about the shoes at the end and I'm a big shoe girl.
But let's not let ourselves get carried away with all this talk about shoes. Charles Barkley sums it up pretty well when he said: These are my new shoes. They're good shoes. They won't make you rich like me, they won't make you rebound like me, they definitely won't make you handsome like me. They'll only make you have shoes like me. That's it.
And we'll close with the immortal words of Phyllis Diller: You know you're old when someone compliments you on your alligator shoes, and you're barefoot.
We'll talk again later. But remember, watch where you put those feet, especially if you are barefoot at the time.