I've had a cold for what seems like two weeks now, so I am sorry I haven't really posted in here.
It really is mostly in your head:
These past two weeks since we've been back from visiting family in Kentucky has been filled with all of us getting sick, lol. I think my wife and I are the last ones to go through it in the family, and we're almost over the hurdle, so thank God.
1) Church - I posted previously about wearing some "noticeable" heels to church right before the holiday break, and while some people noticed, no one said anything. So this past Sunday, I decided to do something similar, yet different. My wife and I bought some new Sorel Lexi Wedges for Christmas presents to ourselves, and I was really enjoying wearing them. Now with any of my bootcut jeans and khakis, they aren't all that noticeable unless I am sitting down. So I think I did something similar before with my brown Joan of Arctic wedge boots, which is to wear them instead with skinny jeans, so more of the boot is noticeable. Now I know they are wedges, but people still notice.
Walking in to church, we ran into a couple we had not seen in a while and found out they're expecting. We were excited and continued some conversation before going in to church. The husband took notice of my shoes but said nothing. I am honestly not sure if the wife did? None the less, nothing was said, so awkward looks/sneers/comments, etc.
When church had ended, we were out in the lobby area, and I was holding my daughter while talking to another guy I hadn't seen in a while. While chatting with him, I noticed a couple, I'd venture in their 50s, having a chat and conversation about my shoes, lol. They were pointing, and appeared to be having a serious discussion about them. I caught the wife's eye and we just simply exchanged a smile and continued on.
2) Work - This is where I have been more bold lately, but not yet up to the same level as church. At work, I deal with a group of guys who are the mechanics at our office. I've worked in the mechanic environment, and know what kind of harm it can sometimes cause to someone that doesn't "fit in." So needless to say, I've been a little more conservative with my heeling at work because I am around these guys a lot.
However, seeing as how my wedge boots go relatively unnoticed in my mind, I decided to try wearing them this week for a couple of days under my jeans/khakis.
First off, more people noticed than I originally thought. I only notice this because I am aware, and a people watcher. I tend to pay attention to those around me and see where they're looking, etc. While people seemed to notice, again, no negative comments, weird stares, sneers, jeers, laughs, or anything of a sort that would make me uncomfortable.
I even decided to wear my skinny jeans one day with them to really show them off. That morning, I was walking back to my desk after getting coffee, and this girl kept pace behind me all of the way to the steps. As we got close to the steps, she walked up next to me, and without saying anything, gave me a big smile, looked back down at my shoes, and went ahead of me. I take that as a compliment, and it felt good.
So my experience these past couple of weeks, while I'm not wearing substantially noticeable heels, is that yes people do notice. However, at least in this area of the country, people don't mind or find it odd in the least. However, IF they do, they've apparently been taught well enough to keep their negative remarks to themselves, ha!