A colleague (at another university) was telling me this summer that she and her female teaching cohort advise their new academic sisters to wear some kind of a "power heel" for their first forays at the lectern -- she wasn't talking about a stiletto (altho' not ruling it out for those comfortable with it), but a solid heel that conveys attitude and confidence.
I spotted this Michael Kors baby in my local boutique, From A to Zebra, when picking up my red bag the other day. They didn't have my size but are bringing it in tomorrow. What do you think? The perfect back-to-school-for-the-prof shoe?
I have to admit that I've been teaching long enough now that I don't really need the props, but hey, you take the excuses you have and work with them, right? And I've been wanting a little ankle-boot-shoe. I like the heel on this and I like that the pump itself is clean and simple except for the zipper and the buckle. And zippers and buckles? Always a little sexy, no? Makes me think of a black leather motorcycle jacket, which on my short frame would definitely be de trop. Anyway, if they look good on my feet (and legs) tomorrow, they're going to be taking my 1st-year English classes along with about 120 other new students (yes, it's a heavy, heavy load, much, much marking -- next term will be lighter and a nicer mix of 4th-year and 1st-year, but for now, I'll be needing all the shoe joy I can get!).