I’m the first to admit that I used to scoff whenever I heard someone extol the power of ‘positive thinking’. But now that science supports the link between optimism and living a longer, better, life, I’ve been giving it a try. Of the half hour I spend getting myself from my cozy blanket nest to the door every morning, 5 of those precious minutes are spent in front of my apartment bathroom mirror, in Wonder Woman pose. I ask my best Linda Carter reflection what my goals are for the day—what positive things am I going to do at work and beyond. Then I grab a coat, pull on my walking shoes, and get on with it. Glamorous? Not really. Do I feel a bit weird talking to myself, hands on hips, legs spread wide, in a cramped apartment bathroom? Definitely yes. But I actually do think that my version of positive thinking (including posing like I am intent on saving the world from supervillians) helps to not only make me happier, but reminds me to practice the little gestures that might make an average day for someone an above average one. I’m not sure happiness comes from contributing to a busker’s hat, or in grabbing hot coffees and breakfast for the guys on the corner holding the Dunkin’ Donuts doors open; in taking time to congratulate a coworker for a meeting well done, or in spending time outside of work, preparing extras for clients. But maybe it does. The possibility is all worth it.
Part of Zofie Shoes‘ brand message is a reminder to take “good steps” for yourself and others. Founder Anna Pater’s mother was a tailor who always found time to take extra steps and share her talents to those who couldn’t afford her work and didn’t have any reason to expect kindness from a stranger. I would say that Anna’s dedication to creating beautiful shoes that are truly wearable for tall and large-footed women is a similar gift—one that, in making possible comfort and ease, can inspire good, better, and best steps for wearers—whatever those may be.
I tried the Felicia ($157) in black suede—a name, in Portuguese, that translates to “happiness”. I’m sure it’s no accident that the fit of the Felicia allowed me to practically bound up a flight of steep concrete steps, in the 2 1/2″ almond-toe heels—not even minding the gusty, late fall day. Most notably, these soft, gorgeous heels have a velvety leather sole and a wider vamp and toe box to ensure there is no pinching or squeezing on the foot.
Each Zofie style is lovingly handcrafted in Brazil, where artisanal shoemaking is still practiced—and you can feel it. I’m definitely thankful to Zofie for adding a little extra bounce in my step—and heartily recommend the Felicia for a dose of good cheer (look for the style in black patent, bordeaux patent, and a kelly green suede as well.)
Where will your good steps in Zofie shoes take you?