My Favorite Article of Clothing

Day 15 #WorldWatercolorGroup My Favorite Article of Clothing Cloth Shoes with Green Laces

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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37 Comments
  1. Margaret Parker Brown 9 months ago

    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 🙂

  2. Cathe 9 months ago

    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.

    • Author

      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!!

  3. Teri C 9 months ago

    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.

    • Author

      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. 😊

  4. memadtwo 9 months ago

    The touch of neon is perfect. And the lining! Good choice. (K)

  5. Jodi 9 months ago

    snazzy shoes, beautiful painting, and even more lovely words about life and aging and wisdom! Go Charlie O!

    • Author

      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

  6. Skyscapes for the Soul 9 months ago

    Loved the comment about the ‘one night stand’ shoes.

  7. Jill Kuhn 9 months ago

    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! 😉🎨💕

    • Author

      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!! 💕😍🎨

      • Jill Kuhn 9 months ago

        You know me well!! Lol! 😆🎨

  8. Arvind 9 months ago

    Beautiful drawing, i enjoy how you sothe textures, the leather, the cloth etc.

  9. 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!

    • Author

      Hehe… thankfully they don’t! I still have shoes to wear again! Thanks so much, Rebecca… glad ya liked my kicks! hehe😃💕

  10. YesterdayAfter 9 months ago

    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

    • Author

      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

      • YesterdayAfter 9 months ago

        Yes it doesn’t matter! yay for a nice and comfortable! 😉 <3

  11. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 9 months ago

    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.

    • Author

      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

  12. Tom Merriman 9 months ago

    Really well done, Charlie… texture, colours and words!

  13. Sharon Mann 9 months ago

    Oh how I love these shoes. The shoelaces are just perfect!

  14. Snehal Kank 9 months ago

    I can recognize the material of shoes! Very Very Well done friend!

    • Author

      Awww thanks, Snehal!! 😃💕The material was tough!! Looked weird at first so I just splashed a bit more water on it! Hehe

  15. Phil Cooper 9 months ago

    A really lovely painting Charlie, and your love for your subject shows, these are shoes painted with love 🙂

    • Author

      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.

  16. Anita 9 months ago

    I love shoes too. Nicely written thanks for sharing!

  17. JMG Lifestyle Magazine 9 months ago

    Great painting!

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