Nice Shoes: Guy Speak for Nice Legs?

How many times have you been out on the town, a guy compliments your shoes and then promptly offers to buy you a drink? At this point, I usually put in my martini order (Bombay Sapphire, dry, with a twist) and then enthusiastically proceed to talk about my fabulous shoes! I was silly enough to think that guys were actually developing good taste in shoes, until an episode of Seinfeld burst my pipe dreams.

Several weeks ago, I was bustling about my apartment and something on TV about shoes happened to catch my attention. I paused for a moment only to catch a dialogue about how when a straight guy compliments your shoes, he’s actually commenting on your legs. I was absolutely dumbfounded. I started to mentally page through all of the guys that have commented on my shoes, and it’s really rather appalling! How did I not realize that guys don’t care whether you’re wearing Payless or Prada? All that matters is if you’re showing off those “shoes” in a cute little skirt or dress. I feel like such a fool, but there’s something even worse: ladies, our shoes are being used! What is a girl to do?

Personally, I am not about to give up wearing “sassy” stilettos. However, if a young man wants to comment on my shoes, he best be prepped to chat extensively about Choos!

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