I recently realized that I put on shoes like a little kid.
Aside from my cats, I live alone, so usually when I put on my shoes, I’m not really aware of what I’m doing. I just go through the motions of putting them on without the weight of society on my shoulders.
But yesterday I was hanging out at a friend’s house, and at the end of the night, I was the first of four people to leave. I did as I always do when I put on shoes: I sat down on the floor and tied each shoe.
As I was doing it, I became acutely aware that this is how kids put on shoes, not adults. There’s something almost childishly comical about sitting on the ground to do anything. It’s like if I had to lay down to put on my pants because I hadn’t quite perfected balance yet. That’s what it felt like.
I realize there are other ways to put on shoes. Some people simply never untie their shoes–they just slip them on and hope they don’t fall over. Others kneel, which seems like an adult thing to do, but then you’re wavering on one knee after another.
I think what I’m struggling with is that it really seems like the best way to put on a shoe without straining anything or risking old-person injury is to sit on the ground and tie your shoes. But that can’t possibly be it, right? Can it be true that the way I did something when I was 5 is still the best way to do it at 36?
It sounds like a silly, obvious question, but I’m truly interested in how you (a fellow adult) puts on your shoes.