By Dr. Paula Bloom
As I continued to check out the selection of New Balance I saw the exact clog I was looking for. It was a men’s shoe. Hmm. What to do. I was kind of surprised by my hesitation.I’ve been looking for a new pair of post workout clog-like sneakers. As I checked out FootSmart‘s website I noticed a great pair of New Balance clogs. I knew they’d be comfortable but I didn’t like any of the colors they came in. I like the look of the classic gray New Balance sneaker (you know the color of the ones Steve Jobs wears as part of his “uniform” of black turtlenecks and jeans?) and that’s really what I wanted. I typically am not drawn to bright colored clothing. I pretty much wear black, grey or brown every day.
In our society, gender roles are drilled into us from a pretty young age. Just walk around a large discount store and notice the signage in the toy section. There is the boys’ section which is filled with blues, grays and greens. And then, a few aisles down, is the unmistakable girl aisle with it’s pink, purple and sequins (are sequins considered a color?). It’s a section I’ve never had the chance to shop in.
My 9-year-old daughter has never been a fan of pinks and purples. We just got her some new bedding for her bunkbeds. She, completely on her own, chose the color of the comforters: black and gray. I can’t imagine where her preference for these colors may have come from?
I eventually did go ahead and buy the gray Men’s New Balance Clogsin a size 9 (the men’s equivalent of women’s size 11.) They look good and feel great. Maybe, in honor ofSteve Jobs, I’ll wear my new clogswith jeans and a black turtleneck. Are his shoes the key to his brilliance? Ooooo, maybe they will inspire me to come up with the next great technological advance? Who am I kidding, I already have a hard enough time working my phone.
Have you bought shoes that are technically intended for the opposite sex?