What Do Your Shoes Say About You?

I found an article a while back entitled, “What Do Your Shoes Say About You?” I couldn’t resist writing the title down. It prompted a smile and a thought, and any day with at least one smile and one thought is a good day indeed. Of course, I didn’t write (or copy) the link down, and then when I went back to actually read the doggone thing, I couldn’t find it. A Google search for that exact phrase brings up a plethora of hits. I’m not sure which link I want or what I read already, and do I really want to know what my shoes say about me?

What I’d rather know is the story my shoes have to tell, as in, from their point of view. But considering the shoes are inanimate objects, I don’t think that story is going to be written any time soon. And I’m not a good enough writer to pull off a story, all from the point of view of a pair of shoes. (Maybe you are, and maybe that should be your next project!)

But thinking about shoes of course led me to a quiz about shoes. I took the one over at Quizony, and found out that my shoe preferences make me a “Mover and a Shaker.” I’m sure you’ve heard those words before, albeit probably not in reference to me. Merriam-Webster lists a “mover and a shaker” as a “person who is active or influential in some field of endeavor.”

Does that describe me? Sure, I influence my children and my students, probably even the members of my writing group, but somehow, the term “mover and shaker” in my mind has always been reserved for someone else, a person who holds a loftier position, perhaps. What was I expecting, you ask? Probably something along the lines of “low maintenance.”

By the way, I have never owned a pair of shoes like those shown in the picture, but as I get older, I find myself gravitating to unique shoes. I won’t rule out the possibility of owning something like them someday. Maybe when I really am a mover and a shaker.



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Christina Consolino is a mother, dreamer, author, editor and teacher from Dayton, Ohio. She's a member of the Plot Sisters and teaches Anatomy & Physiology at Sinclair Community College. She writes women's fiction, young adult fiction, personal essays, and more.


  1. Thanks for the link to the shoe quiz. My result was spot on; it says I am a Free Spirit… that I would rather be barefoot. Which is exactly what I imagined my shoes would say about me. If mine had a story to tell, it would probably be one of loneliness and abandonment. A tale of neglect in which their owner only noticed them when she absolutely had to. And when they did get to go some places new they were flung aside first chance she got. A pair of flip flops that spends its days wondering why their owner even bought them, she doesn’t seem to like them. And grieve the misfortune of not being purchased by a beach goer… which had been their dream in the store. To spend their days in the sand by the waves.

    1. Free spirit! I love it. And thanks for the point of view. I really appreciate it. I might actually try to write a short story from the POV of my shoes, but I need to find the time!

      (So good to hear from you!)

      1. With so many people on a constant hunt for time, you might be able to label it the most elusive commodity in the world.

        Andy and I have made various big changes, which seem to be a great help in getting me back into a daily routine of writing, reading blogs, etc.

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