Friday, July 27, 2007
Working with Green Shoes
It's that time of year when I realize that all of my shoes have become too smelly and abused to be worn. This year, I've decided to stick to comfy shoes. This may be an old age thing, but I would like to walk when I get older.
All of my shoes are black (save for a black and white pair of saddle shoe golf spikes and 1 pair of brown heels). I see cool shoes in interesting colors on other women, yet I still buy boring black.
In an attempt to get myself out of this rut, I bought a pair of Army Green Crocs (just like the ones pictured above). And yes, they are just as ugly in real life. Since I work in health care, I can get away with wearing these to work. A good thing since these things are super duper comfy.
I've discovered a few things about having these shoes:
- It helps me relate to all of the nurses, docs, and residents who also wear Crocs. There seems to be a "Cult of Crocs" among health care professionals. They tend to pay more attention to what I'm saying as a result. I forgot how important "relatability" is when teaching.
- Because these shoes are green - I have to think harder about what I wear with them. I sense that many end-users have the same issue with subtle interface changes. Things they once did before on auto-pilot (like putting on shoes) now require more thought (Does this shirt go with those shoes? Are black slacks a good idea?). Until the end-user is able to go back to auto-pilot mastery, they will be uncomfortable. Some will get there more quickly than others. I know I am still agonizing over what to wear with my army green shoes.....
- I am inordinately proud of now acquiring a modicum of style - even if it is now the style of a 7 year old..... I don't understand why my co-workers are still threatening to submit me to What Not to Wear....