Though I do have some favorite shirts and coats, I have to say that shoes are probably my favorite thing to buy. Not sure if they’re considered clothing, but the ones shown here are my current favorite and they’re made of cloth so that’s what I chose for today. Also, I’ve received more compliments on this pair of shoes than any other pair I wear. I guess that means they’re apparently a favorite of others as well. It’s probably because they still look rather new. I usually ding or scuff the toe of my shoes within a couple weeks after purchasing them, but these have somehow managed to survive me. They fit like a tennis shoe but are suitable for work, even with the bright green laces, which were pretty much the reason they caught my eye in the first place.
I’ve always loved buying a new pair of shoes. My main problem is getting rid of the previous ones I no longer wear, so I end up collecting them. For some reason, wearing a fresh new pair of shoes feels like more of a transformation than simply putting on a new shirt. Sometimes, though, in my enthusiasm to buy a particular pair, I get them home to realize they don’t suit me as well as I originally thought. There’s about five pairs of these pairs of shoes still sitting in the back of my closet, wondering why such a great initial connection ended as a one night stand. Someday, I’ll take them to a second hand store and see if they might find a better relationship with someone else.
It’s actually been a really long time since I’ve purchased a new pair of shoes. After a certain point in life, I stopped feeling the need to impress anyone with what I wear. Today, I just grab whatever is cheap and comfortable and hope that the outfit I’ve assembled is at least somewhat presentable. Like so many things in life, clothes were more of a priority when I was younger. I was going out more and dressing to impress seemed like the right thing to do at the time. These days, I’m just happy to relax at home wearing whatever I feel like wearing. The nice thing about getting older is learning that what you wear doesn’t really matter at all. It’s just a costume. And the older I get, the more I simply want to look like me.
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36 thoughts on “My Favorite Article of Clothing”
lovely shoes and we all come to that place about knowing what we are and letting things not become so important as when we were young…..part of being the true-blue, down to earth, individual that we all strive to be 🙂
Thanks, Margaret! 😃💕 And yes! True blue and down to earth is the only way to be!
Ah, I love your shoes too Charlie. Something about shoes makes me happy especially the ones that keep on going. It’s funny how clothes as a priority change. I was just noticing a woman today that was dressed just perfectly but looked kind of like everyone else. This is the part where age works in our favor, we know who we are and feel fine in our own skin and choice of clothing. But back to your shoes, they make me smile, fun details and colors.
Thanks so much, Cathe!! 😃💕 Glad you liked them!! (They were super cheap, but I thought they were fun! Hehe) Yeah…perfectly dressed can be a bit dull. I far prefer to see some personality!!
Wise words my fri me. Wise words. I crossed that bridge a long time ago.
Great job on painting those shoes. Really love the laces.
Thanks so much, Teri! 😃💕 Feels good to be on the other side of all that, doesn’t it? Glad ya like the doodlewash. Laces are tougher than I thought to draw. 😊
The touch of neon is perfect. And the lining! Good choice. (K)
Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 Glad you liked them!!
snazzy shoes, beautiful painting, and even more lovely words about life and aging and wisdom! Go Charlie O!
Hehe… Thanks, Jodi!! 😃💕 Glad you liked you liked the shoes. They’re comfy for being so cheap. 😊lol Never pay much for them anymore…seems like a waste! Hehe
Loved the comment about the ‘one night stand’ shoes.
Hehe…thanks! Glad ya liked that!
Love your fun and comfy shoes, Charlie!! 💚 I think shoes are fun to paint but I like to create them more from my imagination. 👠 It’s probably because I can’t wear any old shoe – so to speak – my feet are rather picky as I get older. But I do like buying books and art supplies! Too bad I can’t wear them! Lol! 😉🎨💕
Thanks so much! 😃 Hehe… I’m sure you of all people could figure out a way to wear art supplies, Jill!! Lol You should try it!! 💕😍🎨
You know me well!! Lol! 😆🎨
Beautiful drawing, i enjoy how you sothe textures, the leather, the cloth etc.
Awww thanks so much, Arvind! So happy you liked this one! 😃
Oh a great pair of shoes, great texture on the main body, I can almost feel it….like wise I no longer feel the need to buy shoes to impress…but I still have my collection from those past years….luckily feet don’t grow!
Hehe… thankfully they don’t! I still have shoes to wear again! Thanks so much, Rebecca… glad ya liked my kicks! hehe😃💕
Very fun shoes and they have character! You painted them beautifully, I loved to read your post there is a lots that we learn with the time ;-). Like you I loved shoes and had lots of them especially because I worked with fashion brands and I had to dress up every day and be very inspiring! I still love shoes and clothes and I still have almost all of them (A lot!), but right now I look for comfort, natural simplicity and to shine my uniqueness as person more than what I wear 😉 <3
Thanks, Carolina! 💕definitely the only way to live! 😉 It’s so hard to worry about impressing people and in the end it never truly matters anyway. Far better to shoot for comfort! Hehe
Yes it doesn’t matter! yay for a nice and comfortable! 😉 <3
It’s about who we are that really counts – but didn’t we all have fun dressing up to fit our image of ourselves?
I’ve always had a thing for red shoes though I don’t currently own a pair. My feet are wide and tall, so finding shoes that fit usually means they are black or brown. Actually, the shoe boxes would suit me better.
Your shoes do look comfy and stylish, with just a few crinkles to give them personality. Great Doodlewash, Charlie.
Awww thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Hehe…my shoes are actually a size 11… but that wouldn’t fit in my sketchbook or look as good so I’ve reduced these to a size 9. 😊Lol
Really well done, Charlie… texture, colours and words!
Thanks so much, Tom!! Glad you liked all of it! Really appreciate the compliment!! 😃
Oh how I love these shoes. The shoelaces are just perfect!
Thanks, Sharon!! 😃💕Glad you liked them. They’re my current favorite until I find a pair to beat them! Hehe
I can recognize the material of shoes! Very Very Well done friend!
Awww thanks, Snehal!! 😃💕The material was tough!! Looked weird at first so I just splashed a bit more water on it! Hehe
A really lovely painting Charlie, and your love for your subject shows, these are shoes painted with love 🙂
Awww thanks, Phil! 😃I do love them…well… I probably also have to admit to enjoying the compliments while wearing them. 😊Hehe… don’t get that a lot for most of my lazy clothing choices.
I love shoes too. Nicely written thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much, Anita! 😃💕 Glad you liked this post!
Thanks! Glad you liked this!