25 Life Observations From A Shoe

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You ever notice how many things we take for granted? Like food, clothes and shoes. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. I think it’s important because it reminds me to be grateful.

What might a shoe think and feel, if it could?

What might a shoe think and feel, if it could?

I also use creative imagination to see things from other perspectives, even from inanimate objects.

Sometimes, for example, I wonder how animals perceive us and what their thoughts are.

I wonder what conversations walls have heard. Oh, what stories they would tell if they could speak!

25 Life Observations From A Shoe

And just recently, I got to thinking… I wondering… What a common, ordinary, everyday shoe would think or feel if it had the ability to do so? Imagine the following:

  1. Aha! There is life after boot camp!
  2. Be sure to take all the steps necessary for success.
  3. Haven’t we been down this road before?
  4. Hey, have you ever heard of a shoehorn? If it doesn’t fit, don’t try to force it.
  5. I already have one foot in the door. I’m a shoe-in.
  6. I don’t know if I’m ever going to fit in.
  7. I’ve been sole searching for so long!
  8. I’ve learned that sneakers are for spies and loafers don’t get very far in life.
  9. I’ve seen plenty of fancy socks in my day, let me tell you.
  10. Is life always this straight laced?
  11. Is there still room for growth? See 25 Traits Of Highly Successful People.
  12. Life is not meant to be lived on a shelf. Go out, and be yourself!
  13. Never judge a shoe by the leather. It’s the sole inside that matters. BE LOVE TO OTHERS!
  14. Pacing yourself saves you from wearing out too fast.
  15. People that can’t make up their minds are flip-flops. See Decisions! Decisions! 10 Ways To Make Right Decisions and/or 7 Ways To Beat Procrastination.
  16. Polishing shoes is just for appearances. Polishing your character is an inside job.
  17. Some days you just feel like dancing. πŸ™‚
  18. Some soles really leave an impression on you.
  19. Sometimes I feel like such a heel.
  20. Sometimes I get tongue-tied.
  21. Substance is more important than style.
  22. The road of life sure can leave you scuffed up.
  23. Try this on for size? Sometimes, one-size-fits-all really doesn’t work.
  24. When does the rubber meet the road?

25. Finally, here are 7 words you’ll never hear from my tongue… “Act your age, not your shoe size.”

Do you have your dancing shoes on?

Do you have your dancing shoes on?

There are some famous stories about shoes… a folk tale called Cinderella, a fairy tale called The Red Shoes, and a novel called The Shoes of the Fisherman by Morris West.

What Others Have Thought About Shoes

  1. A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. ~ Charles Spurgeon (Tweet this!)
  2. I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet. ~ Denis Waitley
  3. I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows. The water passed through his shoes β€” and the stars through his soul. ~ Victor Hugo
  4. I want to write a book about shoes that’s full of footnotes. ~ Jarod Kintz
  5. Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip. ~ John Locke
  6. The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. ~ Carl Jung
  7. We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away. ~ Plutarch
  8. What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed? ~ Michelangelo
  9. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go. ~ Dr. Seuss
  10. You know you’re old when someone compliments you on your alligator shoes, and you’re barefoot. ~ Phyllis Diller

In conclusion… if the shoe fits… well, you know. πŸ˜‰

Over To YOU Now… Have Your Say

Did you ever think a shoe could teach you so much?

Do you use creative imagination like this?

Let me know what you think. I look forward to your responses here.

Of course, your thoughts are always appreciated. Thank you kindly!

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William A. Butler is a John C.Maxwell certified coach. He loves to add value to others and aspiring to be a great humanitarian, lives by four words: BE LOVE TO OTHERS. William often goes by "Bill" and is a poet, a songwriter and has an upcoming novel.

40 thoughts on “25 Life Observations From A Shoe

  1. I speak in “tongues”. I have been “heeled”. I let faith arise in my “sole”.

  2. Wow! Amazing creativity Bill!
    Well, I could certainly think of a few lessons we can pickup from a shoe for sure. But, I couldn’t imagine 25 of them πŸ™‚

    Now, that’s an incredibly creative writing and you have done a great job with this awesome post!
    Thank you for these awesome quotes as well.

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  3. Hi Bill,

    I agree with Kumar here – 25 lessons!! Awesome indeed πŸ™‚

    I think it’s tough to imagine life without shoes and yet you have people – the poor, who have to do without them too. I liked the comment you’d left at my blog too about the army boot – what all those boots go through, the polishing and the shine to really come to the limelight – it’s required from the soldier, something I’ve seen my Dad and grandad do.

    Love the quotes for the ‘quoty’ person that I am πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead πŸ™‚
    Harleena Singh recently posted…20 Inspiring Women Bloggers of Aha!NOWMy Profile

    • Hi Harleena,
      When I replied to you about writing and polishing, I got the inspiration and ideas for this post. πŸ™‚
      I remember a documentary of a man who walked across America in his bare feet, but that was his choice, unlike many unfortunate souls out there. I respect the service your Dad and Grandad provided.

      As I reply now, I get another… a shoe being polished. It is dizzy with the back and forth. The perception of overly sensitive sole is that life always rubs it the wrong way, that nothing goes according to plan, and therefore, goes against the grain.

      Glad you like the quotes. πŸ™‚ You’re so welcome. I appreciate your thoughts. Have a great week too! πŸ™‚

  4. That was such an interesting article and you came up with so many ideas about shoes. What came to mind for me was saying “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes”, What it means to walk a mile in someones shoes is to live their life and see how you like it. The saying goes, before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. You got ne thinking about shoes
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  5. Hi Bill, Wow, this is like a creative writing assignment that you scored an A+ on! Love all the quotes and the perspective of a shoe. Yes, I do appreciate shoes. The older I get the more I appreciate comfort and the less I value fashion. Take care of your shoes and your shoes will take care of you!
    Carolyn Nicander Mohr recently posted…Scribd: The Netflix of eBooks?My Profile

    • Hi Carolyn. I appreciate your kind words. πŸ™‚ I appreciate comfort too, perhaps not unlike the old lady who lived in a shoe.
      She’s now living at a Sandals resort in the Cayman Islands. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping in.

      All the best to you for a great week!

  6. Hi, Bill, one thing I can say… all 25 saying got “sole power!”
    they bring to a good few a chuckle
    And to some perhaps a little frown,
    others may make you scratch your head
    but they all have the power to help you “stand your ground!”
    on issues of importance pro or con!! Yes

    I have learned to appreciate that bring the most practicality for whatever season one may find themselves. Our journey comes featured with “full-terrain”… Walks in the park, climbing a rugged hill, dancing on the polished ballroom floor, wadi g through deep waters.,, etc. God knew our great need for shoes they represent our soul power to help us keep moving on, going beyond, traveling through and traveling to better days in this life. Fit your shoes for your purpose. I.E. — High heels won’t work if you are engaged in taking a long burdensome haul! One saying in particular is what I try to wear at all times….” Some soles really leave an impression on you.”. I hope mine did this for you and you do for me! Be Blessed. πŸ™‚

    • Hello Marian,
      Thank you so much for your witty comments. I love what you’ve said here… fit your shoes for your purpose.
      When you do that, you can real step up in the world πŸ˜‰

      I really can’t relate to high heels, but I can relate to you. Yes, you have left an impression on me πŸ˜‰

      May your burdens be light and your blessings heavy!

  7. Hi Bill,

    I so admire your creative thinking! When I seen the word shoes my eyes lit up because I am a shoe-freak.

    But what gets me is that there are so many people on this planet without shoes. I wonder what the stats are on that? Hmmm….

    Shoes are one of the “treasures” I like to go hunting for. Yes, I will admit I do purchase more than necessary. Because I do this, they don’t get all worn out. Each season, I like to change up my shoes. So my old ones (which look new) go to the needy.

    Now don’t tell me it’s a girly excuse like my husband does he he he. I really do think of people who need shoes!

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    • Hi Donna,
      I understand your love of shoes. I used to work with a lady that was seriously giving Imelda Marcos a run for her money.
      Maybe your husband is right. You might just be girly through and through and not see it. πŸ˜‰
      I’m glad you give away what shoes you don’t need. That’s the right thing to do.

      Have a great week!

  8. For some reason my site URL doesn’t work the way its supposed to so here’s my link:

    As far as your shoe post goes, I love it and am totally envious – wish I could be witty like that. Thanks for brightening my day.

    • Hi Lenie,
      Thanks for stopping by. I thought about writing about shoes was a good idea, and had some fun with being witty, but it’s not my sole purpose. πŸ™‚ My soul purpose is to BE LOVE TO OTHERS.

      All the best,

  9. Hello Mr. Bill

    How are you?

    What creativity that comes from your soul! I appreciate this great gift.

    I thought about the saying “Walk a mile in someone else’s shoe”. If we could only relate to someone’s life by the shoes and the steps they have taken in life.

    I appreciate you Mr. Bill for inspiring us and I know will think differently about “shoes”.

    Thank you
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    • Hello Gladys,
      I’m fine. Thanks for asking! I’m grateful to God for the gift of writing too. Yes, I think about that adage as well.
      What walking in another persons shoes means to me is to be more compassionate. We often think we understand what a person is going through, but until we objectively or vicariously experience their feelings and the thoughts their experience causes us to consider, we only think we know. I’m glad you’re inspired Gladys. I appreciate you!


  10. Hey Bill,

    Really liked the article, not sure if you know this about me but I’ve got a small problem with buying to many shoes haha! I’m a bit of a Nike addict, up to about 15 pairs, gonna hold off for a while before I buy more – but your thoughts on shoes were good to πŸ˜‰

    Great read,

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    • Hey Zach,
      Yes, I read your Nike shoes while you were ill last week, but why do you like Nike shoes so much, as opposed to any other brand?
      Maybe you have a shoe addiction? If so, you may need to be a little more grounded. πŸ˜‰

      Glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for being here. Stay well and have a great week!

  11. Hi Bill

    Like the others have said this is an amazing example of creative writing. I would never have thought of so many I am sure.

    Like Donna I am a lover of shoes but ones that look a bit sexier than the one in your image πŸ™‚

    I see Zach is also a shoe addict so it is not just us women.

    Great post Bill. I would love to spend a day in your head as that is so creative. Thank you!

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    • Hi Sue,
      Thanks for the kind words. I didn’t think about whether or not that lonely shoe was sexy. πŸ˜‰
      I think it’s partner is somewhere around here somewhere. Yes Zach has plenty. He’s going to need a Zach rack for sure.

      A day in my head, you say? I’ll let you know when there’s a vacancy. πŸ™‚ I so appreciate you! Thank you!

  12. Hi Bill,

    This is really awesome! My favorite is number 15 “People that can’t make up their minds are flip-flops.” So cute and clever πŸ™‚

    I love shoes and I love this post so much I’ll be a regular reader.

    Krisma R. M recently posted…A Shoe Tale: Finding the Perfect FitMy Profile

    • Hi Krisma,
      Welcome! Glad you like it and that you’ll come back for more. πŸ™‚
      I’m very practical when it comes to shoes, but it’s a fun departure to think of unusual things. That’s what keeps life interesting.
      I also loved your creative shoe story. πŸ™‚

      Kind Regards,

  13. Hey Bill,

    I have to admit, you are one darn creative guy. I bet you have so many thoughts in that head of yours that are still dying to get out. You would think you’ve pretty much covered a lot throughout your years but you keep coming up with really cool posts like this.

    As you know, I definitely do not take life for granted. I’m truly blessed for everything and everyone I have in my life. I read an interview this morning about my good blogging friend Max who is blind. Yep, a blind blogger so who is blessed now? And we only think we’ve got it bad at times.

    Love your observations from a shoe. You’re a genius and enjoyed the quotes as well. You know how I love quotes now, good one.

    Once again Bill, thanks for sharing your thoughts with us and I know there will be plenty more still to come.

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    • Hi Adrienne,
      Gee thanks! πŸ˜€ Yes, I have plenty of ideas. I appreciate your kind words of support. Yes, I’ve connected with Max as well, and offered him some encouragement. When I got thinking about shoes, I could have added about being stepped on, about the fear of being replaced by another, about trying to find out its sole purpose. You’re right, there’s no shortage of ideas.
      I appreciate you Adrienne! Thanks again!

  14. I like it Bill, shoes really do have a soul.

    A lesson I’ve learned from them is that sometimes you have to put a sock in it! lol
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    • Hi Jon,
      Excellent repartee. πŸ™‚ Isn’t it amazing how many different things we can observe from something as simple as a shoe?
      Put a sock in it. Yes… silence of the tongue. πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting.

  15. Billl, I just LOVE the creativity of this post. My favorite is #13.
    I’m not a big shoe lover like most women. It’s a chore for me to shop for them.
    I wish I could be as creative as you with this one. I’ll have to think of an object and see if I could do it. Could be idea for post and a link to you as well πŸ™‚
    Thanks for making us think and have a few laughs along the way too Bill!
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    • Hi Lisa,
      Glad you like #13. It’s similar to not judging a book by it’s cover. My wife is like you in that regard. She’s not a big shoe lover. She’s very practical. If you can think of something, I’m sure it will make for an interesting article.
      You’re very welcome. Glad you liked my quirky sense of humor. πŸ™‚

  16. Great thought, Bill πŸ™‚

    I have done this in the past..imagining my things as living beings (I used to talk to them..and imagining them having conversations while I am not around).

    Also the reason why I tried to keep my room the way it was (so, the inanimate objects could be with their ‘friends’ :D).

    I no longer do that…not particularly sure whether it’s a good thing.

    Take #25 – I agree and disagree…while it’s important to behave properly, we also have to define what that means…I think a lot of the ‘adults’ in our world are too serious (they take life too seriously…yes, life is serious. But, take a moment to enjoy it…to live it).

    People get too caught up in paying the bills, meeting deadlines and so forth, that they forget to enjoy life as it is.

    I think adults need to become more like kids…on both enjoying life and maintaining a curious mind (honestly, how many adults are willing learn and try new things, as supposed to kids?).

    Anyways, thank you for sharing this, Bill πŸ™‚ Thank you for making us think.
    Jeevan Jacob John recently posted…I am loving the ideas!My Profile

    • Hi Jeevan,
      I think children have a natural ability to talk to and imagine things and creatures. I think using imagination with regards to inanimate objects, such as a shoe, is fine. It’s great for creativity. Talking to them though, I’ll agree with you on that, not such a good idea.

      With respect to #25, I think children ought to be allowed to be children. There are times when older people act immature, but I have no interest in chastising them for it. You’re right, life can be plenty serious at times. We need to remember to have fun along the way too. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. Always appreciated!

  17. Hi Bill; Mark Twain once said if you can make a man laugh you can make him think. You did both today my friend. And my dad use to say that one about the man with no feet all the time. Keep up the great work, max
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  18. Hi William,

    Awesome Post man. Even from the shoes, you came up with interesting quotes.

    The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. I like this quote. I really appreciate for your creativity.

    Thanks for sharing this man. Have a nice weekend.
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    • Greetings Nirmal,
      It was a pleasure creating this post. I’m very glad you enjoy it. You’re very welcome. Thank you for the kind regards!
      All the best to you for a great weekend too!


  19. Very clever.
    Your thoughts from the point of view of a shoe gave me a bit of a giggle. A nice little kick for the day πŸ™‚
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  20. Wow Bill!

    To say you have an incredible insight and way with words are an understatement! This was an extremely creative and thought provoking post my friend!

    I can’t wait to read and share some more! Where does all of this creative input come from? You’re nothing short of amazing!
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    • Hi Mark πŸ™‚
      Thank you for the kind words. My penchant for poetic prose is God given. I think that, combined with a quirky sense of humor and peculiar way of looking at things keeps me happily occupied for much of my time. If you have time, take a look at my post 29 Ways To Perpetuate Peace. I think you may like it as well. πŸ™‚

      Kind Regards!

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