Officially 3 Inches Shorter

Me and all my tall friends.

I’m 5’1″.

In my next life, I’d like to come back at about 5’5″. Just a few more inches. That’s not asking too much.

Until earlier this year, I was about 5’3″ – 5’4″ thanks to the heels I wore. I was always in shoes that gave me added height. “I can rock a heel,” I would say to people.

Maybe all that heel wearing got me to the point of needing a hip replacement, of learning to walk again without a limp, and leaving behind heels for different types of shoes. Who knows. Maybe it’s that and the fact that there was a helluva a lot of arthritis in the hip joint. Now I’m part titanium.

This “new me” has required a complete overhaul of my shoe closet. Gone are the tall heels. Gone are the sassy stilettos and the flirty heels. Gone are the whopping wedges, the hot heels, and the power pumps.

Yesterday, I bought a pair of Steve Madden patent leather boots for kids (yes, you heard me right) where the heel is even with the rest of the shoe. They are so comfortable and adorable, but alas, they give me little height. My hip and back like them, though. And yes, my foot is small enough that I can wear a size 5 in kids sizes.

A work dress with black patent oxfords. It takes some getting used to….

The point here is, I’m short again. I’m back to being without any lift from my shoes. I may have a complex about my height, even after all these years. Yes, I think I still do.

My students tower over me…almost everyone towers over me…and somehow my closest friends are nowhere near my stature. They are all tall people. What I wouldn’t give to have a little of that height.

As someone who loves fashion, I had to learn a long time ago how to dress for my height and body type. I always laugh when I try on “petite” cut clothing. Do they think that just because we’re petite we don’t have curves? I could always fit into a pair of gorgeous shoes. However, I have a very hard time fitting my booty into “straight” cut jeans and pants.

Why do you think I wear dresses so often?

Unfortunately, now, those dresses will be worn with flats, really low heels and boots, sneakers, or, dare I say, barefoot.

I realize there are bigger problems in the world and this situation is miniscule comparatively.

“It’s the little things,” they say.

I can totally relate.

Have a good weekend, everyone.


A dress with sneakers..,ugh.

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