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#MicroblogMondays 143: Boots

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One of my biggest problems with air travel is my inability to wear my boots.  Maybe I could wear my boots, but I never risk them when I have to go through security because they have steel toes.  I will not pack my boots with my baggage, which means I never fly with my boots.

My boots make me feel like myself, and because I can’t wear them when I need to go somewhere on a plane, I never feel like myself when I’m on a trip.

I wear my boots all year round.  Pretty much every day.  Sometimes they’re tied.  Sometimes they’re not.  They make me feel powerful even though I know in my heart that I’m not powerful.  My big, black, clunky boots are the most Melissa thing I own.

Do you have something you wear that makes you feel like you?


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1 Diane { 05.22.17 at 6:02 am }

My painting clothes. Odd , right? But I look forward to the weekends, when I get up early, put on my painting clothes, and paint in my craft room. I don’t worry about the getting paint or splatters of ink on them because that’s the point of wearing them.

2 Rebeca { 05.22.17 at 7:09 am }

Sharing my first MicroblogMonday post. Thank you for the inspiration!
Love this blog <3

3 Middle Girl { 05.22.17 at 8:23 am }

Socks. My colorful, lively socks.

4 a { 05.22.17 at 8:24 am }

If I thought you were ever going to fly again, I would say that’s silly. You’d have to take them off for inspection anyway – it would probably be just another question or two (at which point, I would create a story about how they’re medically necessary as relates to my flight anxiety). But instead, I will just ask…don’t they get heavy? And too hot or cold? I had to wear steel-toed boots for work (I got purple and green ones. They were hilarious), and they were like wearing lead weights on my legs.

5 Lori Shandle-Fox { 05.22.17 at 8:42 am }

I have sparkly gold sandals. I’m not a shoe person at all. I’m in sneakers 99% of the time. But last summer, I just kept being drawn back to that sandal display in the store. When the sun catches them just right, they shimmer & shine. I’ll say to my husband when we have to go get the kids at the bus stop. “Oh goody! I can wear my sparkly sandals today!” And he gets this look on his face like: “What are you, 5?”

6 Cristy { 05.22.17 at 9:33 am }

Lori’s sandals make me wonder if you can have special slip-ons that you can use solely for air travel. Your boots are part of your identity, which I completely understand, but I’m wondering if this can become a sliver. Air plane Mel (super-powered by special shoes that all her to feel like she’s channeling her boots).

7 Parul Thakur { 05.22.17 at 9:38 am }

You wouldn’t believe what I am going to tell you. I am going to be traveling to the US for work soon and the first thought that came to me was – how will I carry my shoes? Security check – too much of hassle and then packing them is weight. Not that I am super fond of my sports shoes cos I prefer light footwear but in case I want to run in the morning in the States, I won’t be able to.
Traveling is fun but these security checks and stuff is a hassle sure.

8 loribeth { 05.22.17 at 9:57 am }

I am not a boots person. I have longingly eyed those pretty fashion boots, but I’ve pretty much given up on being able to wear them because (a) I have extremely wide feet that are very difficult to fit & I can barely get my big toe into 90% of the pairs I try on, (b) I have fat calves, so ditto, & (c) I think they’d be pretty hot & clunky to wear all day. I guess I’m just used to boots being utilitarian things that get me from place to place during the winter, keep out the cold & damp, & prevent me from slipping on ice πŸ˜‰ and not necessarily being a fashion statement.

What I do wear that makes me feel like me: I have a thing for loose grey sweaters & T-shirts. It started in my early teens, when I found & began wearing a charcoal grey sweater that both my mother & uncle had worn in their early teens. It was acrylic, not wool, and not itchy. It became my “lucky” sweater; I wore it for every exam I wrote in high school & university. I still have it (now in a box of “keepsake” clothing). I had hoped to pass it along to my own kids as a family heirloom of sorts, but, oh well. :p I’m not sure my cousins’ kids would appreciate it. πŸ˜‰ But I still have a “thing” for grey sweaters & T-shirts — my closet & armoire are full of them. πŸ˜‰

9 Lavonne @ theOCDinfertile { 05.22.17 at 10:11 am }

Sunglasses. I feel naked if I don’t have sunglasses on my face, or my head.

10 Risa Kerslake { 05.22.17 at 10:21 am }

Oooo that’s a good question. I would have to say my pajamas. I know that sounds bad and terribly lazy of me. But pjs remind me of relaxation, of coffee, of blankets. πŸ™‚

11 Chandra Lynn { 05.22.17 at 10:34 am }

I don’t have any clothing or shoes that make me feel like “me,” but I do have a few (hand-me-down) blouses one of my younger sisters gave me many years ago. She passed away in 2012. πŸ™ I cannot part with them and wear them frequently because I feel so connected to her when I do.

12 Traci York { 05.22.17 at 10:35 am }

I’ve had a few over the years (including steel toed boots). My current is a combo of my big (long, not bulky) black winter jacket that has tons of pockets, and my black Birkenstock sandals -usually worn together, given the nature of spring in New England. *grin*

13 Turia { 05.22.17 at 10:47 am }

I was hoping for a photo of the boots!

I have a thing for hoodies. They’re just so comfy and cozy.

14 Ashley { 05.22.17 at 1:10 pm }

When I had pink eye a few weeks ago I couldn’t wear makeup. This was fine when I was home but I had to go back to work and I still couldn’t fathom wearing anything on my face. So, for the first time ever, I went to work without makeup on. I felt naked. And unprofessional. Luckily, my eyes are better and I’m back to normal, but I really hated that one day. Fortunately, I was able to keep my sunglasses on all day so no one really noticed. Also, my eyes were a hideous red, so even if I did have makeup on they would have drowned it out!

15 Sharon { 05.22.17 at 1:25 pm }

The only thing I wear regularly that feels indispensable to me is my preferred style/brand of bra. I discovered this one several years ago, when Oprah named it one of her “favorite things,” and it has spoiled me for other bras. (I’ve tried 7-8 other brands and styles since, and nothing else comes close.)

My favorite bras are comfortable, supportive and make my bosom look like I feel it should look in a way that nothing else I’ve owned has ever done. πŸ™‚

16 Isabelle { 05.22.17 at 1:47 pm }

Given where I live (microclimates and it gets chilly all year around), I have to have my light down jacket from Uniqlo with me in my car or when I ride on public transportation, unless I know that it’s gonna be in the 70s that day. That’s very me. You can always see me in it.

17 Karen { 05.22.17 at 2:22 pm }

Earrings. I have this pair of simple diamond studs which I wear EVERY DAY. I’m not sure why, but I feel totally naked without them.

18 Journeywoman { 05.22.17 at 3:54 pm }

No, not really. Glad they work for you.

19 Lori Lavender Luz { 05.22.17 at 5:19 pm }

I can’t recall seeing you in boots. But. When I conjure you in my mind? Yup, you’re wearing boots.

For me, probably a pair of blue/white tie dye pants I got the summer we lived in Spain. Makes me feel free, light, young, unstruck (anahata).

20 Vaibhav { 05.23.17 at 3:50 am }

Being quite an intense guy, I’ve settled into comfortwear at home in the last six years. My friends now associate me with a particular outfit: a white vest, and shorts, because when I’m at home and there are no guests, that is ALWAYS what I’m wearing.

In fact, I’m wearing those right now! Not only do they make me feel like myself, but also let my friends have a point of familiarity with me.

21 Tina Basu { 05.23.17 at 4:34 am }

I have a big fetish for shoes – boots, pumps, ballerinas, wedges everything! I love boots in winters only, other times too hot to wear a boot in India

22 JustHeather { 05.23.17 at 5:23 pm }

My nose ring. I’ve had it over half my life and I…just can’t go without it. My nose tickles/itches if it isn’t in (the rare time it is out) and I do a double take in the mirror every single time I see myself without it.
I could probably include my other piercings as well in this, as they just almost never get taken out.

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