One of the challenges of the changing seasons is working out what to wear. Deciding what clothes will be most appropriate is almost impossible when the forecast gives us some confusing messages Ė perhaps some rain (backed up by probability in percentage form), perhaps some sunshine later in the day but also the possibility of a thunderstorm at some stage. We can decide that layering is the answer, wearing a number of clothes that can be added or discarded as the day evolves, adjusting ourselves to the climate.
Itís the shoes that can prove to be the trickiest. If we wear sandles or open-toed shoes we might find our feet very cold. If we wear shoes that donít cope well with water we can find ourselves with very soggy feet as we jump across puddles or run through the rain shower. Having wet and cold feet can make us feel very uncomfortable for the entire day. If we choose to wear winter shoes or boots we can find ourselves looking overdressed if the sunny weather appears. Our legs and feet can feel sweaty and hot. This can be just as uncomfortable as the soggy feet feeling.
Itís a real dilemma then to decide what to wear on our feet. We can carry extra shoes, preparing for change during the day to accompany the prevailing climate. Shoes arenít like an umbrella or cardigan though. They can be heavy and bulky, filling our bag and awkward to carry. We can leave some shoes at our workplace, wearing what is most appropriate and comfortable on the way to and from work knowing that we have the more appropriate attire waiting for us under our desk. Iíve seen people at work having a whole cupboard load of shoes, like bringing their shoe cupboard to work. That could be taking this to extremes Ė but certainly means you are never stuck for shoes to wear and can easily replace the soggy shoes with a more comfortable pair.