By: Carla B.
From a shoe lover’s point of view this is a very cool Pay It Forward tale that embraces fashion and career advice for a newly minted manager. I was focused on the task at hand (that would be shoe shopping) when a young woman approached me.
“Excuse me, but would you mind giving me your opinion of these shoes?” She raised her pant leg to mid-calf. The shoes on her feet looked “sturdy” and the ones she was holding in her hands were well-worn Nikes. She looked like she would be more comfortable on the beach playing volleyball with her long lanky legs and free flowing blonde hair.
Clearly this was a woman transitioning from college to career and she was not happy about the change it would mean for her feet. She went on to explain she accepted an entry-level management job and needed to select two pair of shoes for her new career.
I spent the next ten minutes or so helping her select career appropriate shoes. We laughed about how even the most comfortable cannot compare with her Nikes. Her parting words were, “Thank you so much for your help. My mother lives in another country and I’m on my own here in the USA.” She glanced down at the new pumps on her feet, “I can’t say they are comfortable but at least I’ll feel confident in them.”
Yes, we women sometimes trade comfort for confidence, and a fabulous pair of shoes is a wonderful way to kick-start your confidence on day one at a new job, a big audition or even meeting a potential client!