Once again it’s time for the weekly Sunday Brunch with ZA Maxfield! This week, we have one awesome friend joining us! Please welcome Lane Hayes!
This week’s question is: “What kind of shoe are you? Why?”
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Now let’s hear from Lane Hayes!
Wow. Great question. The answer for me is a fairly simple one. Flip-flops. It may not sound particularly exciting, but I live in Southern California in a coastal town where I can literally wear my favorite Havianas year round. And I do. Even in winter, I can wear jeans, a sweater and yeah… flip flops. Sounds weird, eh? Depending on where you’re from, I totally get it. I’m from Michigan originally and although I haven’t lived there in decades, I know there is no way in hell you’d be wearing anything but boots in the winter.
Lifestyle factors into your shoe choice as much, if not more than weather and where you reside. I live near the beach in the kind of town where stereotypical surfers reign. They say words like “dude” and “bro” a lot. And when they claim something is “sick”, they don’t mean a trip to the hospital could be in your cards. They means it’s awesome, cool and totally rad! Get the picture? Dressing up for them means wearing a shirt with a collar. I have two teenage boys, one of whom I know for a fact only wears collared shirts when he’s forced. As a result, he owns two. Seriously. In other words, things our very casual in our neck of the woods. There are plenty of snooty folks who live here too, of course. You know the type who love to drop designer name brands and would miss a dental appointment before a Botox injection appointment. Think Real Housewives of Orange County. We see all kinds here.
I’d be less than honest if I didn’t admit to insisting on a teensy bit of fashion where my Havianas are concerned. I own a rainbow of colored flip flops to go with practically any clothing color combination I dream up. And my toes are always done. That’s a must. But at the end of the day, I’m a huge fan of simplicity. Anything I wear must be 100% comfortable. I’ve suffered through the days of slipping into a pair of heels or ill-fitting shoes for work or a special occasion and yes, I’m still forced to do so every once in a while. I don’t enjoy it. Most days, I get to wear whatever I choose. It’s a perk of being an author. My dog doesn’t care if I’m in pjs till noon or that I hate wearing makeup. And he certainly doesn’t care what about my footwear! It’s why we’re friends, I suppose.
Personality-wise, I wonder what a $25 pair of flip flops says about me. Then again, I don’t. I’m comfortable… in my choice of footwear and in my own skin. I think that’s all that really counts J.
Thank you very much for having me here today, ZAM! I’ve gone from chatting about Madonna on my first visit to beachwear… an interesting array of topics for sure!
Lane Hayes xo
Author of the best-selling Better Than Stories series
Better Than Good, Better Than Chance, Better Than Friends
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Thank you to Lane for joining us this week!