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Wow Lindsey, what a read!!!! You have a fascinating story, and you tell it well. Can't wait for more! Plus, you were an emcee at a Jeff Beck concert??!! That caught my attention just like a hot pair of clogs....

Gary: Thanks very much! I'm enjoying taking the opportunity to write a piece of some significant length. I began the tale to tell about falling in love through my love of shoes, but I haven't even reached the halfway point yet!

As for the Jeff Beck show, it was the There and Back tour as I recall. Jan Hammer was not on tour with him, but the performance was fiery. I was merely the announcer from the local radio station who welcomed people to the show.

If you like Jeff's music, I recommend the set recorded at Ronnie Scott's a year or so back with guest performers Imogen Heap, Joss Stone, and Eric Clapton. I found it on YouTube and was blown away.

Wood or not, those Rylans are great looking!

What can I say, so many things in common with how you grew up and how I grew up. Your story is very meaningful to me as it helps me understand more about myself and the fact that I'm not alone in a life long love for great footwear, especially when it involves wood and/or platforms. I'm definitely looking forward to more of what you share.

Hi Lindsey,Is it is a coincidence that our past has been very similar ?. Only child,church 3 times on Sunday , played the piano accordion and trumpet in the church band and piano lessons on Tuesday and Saturday. But there was still a question at the back of my mind,why did I like wearing women's shoes. I had an interest in women's shoes in the early 70's when Dr Scholls sandals came onto the market. They were orthopaedic wood sandals and very comfortable to wear. I tried on my first pair of sandals and liked the feel of them and the noise they made. Why should women have comfortable footwear and not men.? The answer I came up with was WHY NOT wear them. As for the platforms, I am short in height.I have been very fortunate in having a very surpportive female close friend for encouragement. Thank you so much for your story so far and being an inspiration to many people around the world.

Tracy: Thank you for the feedback. I know there are quite a few of us out here who don't fit the mold. And even more men who don't consider themselves traditional though they may not express in the ways that we do. I'm enjoying speaking my piece, and I'm glad you're out there to read it!

Philip: I do sometimes wonder if there's a pattern emerging here! It's a delight to have other men step forward and talk about their experiences. It has crossed my mind that clogs and platform shoes might have some symbolism to us. Something such as providing a sturdy foundation on which to live our lives. But it's still something I'm pondering.

Hope to get back to you soon about your other e-mails. We're still getting settled here after the move and then the holidays. More to come!

Wow, I'm very intrigued. Philip, Lindsey, there are some definite common threads here in addition to the footwear. I was an only child, there was all the church involvement, the years of music lessons and the continued sideline music career to this day. I grew up under the watchful eye of a very protective, loving, and well meaning mother but eventually I absolutely had to assert the adventurous side of myself even though that didn't manifest itself until I was about 24 years old. It started with becoming a pilot, then on to becoming a flight instructor which is something I absolutely love doing to this day. But then there was the athlete side of me that had to break free. For a person who never played a team sport all through my childhood and teenage years, I totally broke my own mold when I took on rodeo riding, risking my life on the back of bucking broncs, but finding a fulfillment that was beyond description. That in turn led to becoming a reasonably decent gymmnast even though I was over 30 years old and ultimately taking the love of horses, speed, acrobatics, and the thrill of performing for an audience when I fulfilled a long time dream of becoming a trick rider after being well into my 40's. Ironically it was an unfulfilled dream of my father to do become a trick rider as a young man so I felt a deeper connection to him when taking this on a number of years after his passing. These things weren't without challenge either. Gymnastics tore all the ligaments in my knee in a dismount accident with multiple surgeries afterward. I've broken ribs, dislocated fingers, and smashed my shoulder into the ground. All this in addition to a major reconstruction of my chest and ribs to correct a "major factory defect". Nonetheless, I've never stopped. But indeed I find a congruence with your comment Lindsey that these platform shoes and clogs are indeed a sturdy foundation that we rest upon not only out of simple enjoyment but perhaps symbolically as well. But maybe more than anything, it represents freedom in it's purest sense. The unwillingness to be constrained by conformity, to be who we really are.

Tracy: Bravo! Thank you for this!

Great chapter. I too can relate to the ultra-conservative Bible belt upbringing while being a creative thinker. I think most of us need to ask ourselves "why not?" a bit more often!

And those leggings with the red Litas are gooorgeous!

Laressa: Thank you! More people do need to ask themselves that question. And then follow their bliss.  

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