Why I love this pair of battered biker boots

I’ve been blogging a lot about high heels recently and in particular, my efforts to recreate a swaying, high heeled walk for a scene in Bound Feet Blues.

To give you a contrast – and especially to show you who I am now, here is a photo of the kind of footwear that I stride around in these days.

This is the pair of biker boots that I wear most often in my daily life. They are now a bit beaten up and grungy looking. But I love them because they are the most comfortable pair of boots I have at the moment.

I love the way that they make me feel a bit tough, especially with the two strapped buckles on the side. If you know me, you know that I’m really a softy and not much of a hard-ass biker chick at all – but it gives me a kick (ha ha) to stomp around in these boots that make me feel as if I could win any bar brawl…

For me, the shoes or boots that I wear can really affect how I feel – about myself, about life, about the world that I am walking through. This is one of the underlying themes of Bound Feet Blues.

I’m curious to know – how do your shoes make you feel?

I’d love it if you would add a comment and share your shoe stories.


Yang-May Ooi is an award-winning TEDx speaker, bestselling author, story performer and coach. Her work uses the power of personal narrative to help creatives and others grow into confident, collaborative leaders. She is currently rehearsing a one woman story performance, Bound Feet Blues, which will be showcased in London’s West End in Oct 2014.

5 thoughts on “Why I love this pair of battered biker boots

  1. My favourite shoes are almost always the oldest and shabbiness. And I can never just throw them out. I have to let them have a holiday in old shoe limbo first. Then eventually, I can think oh well, if I haven’t worn them for 2 years I can let them go. It’s a bit of a grieving process.


    • I find it difficult to throw away old favourites, too. I have a couple of pairs of boots with holes in the bottom which I have tried to get repaired a few times. They really are due to be dispatched to shoe heaven but I can’t quite bring myself to do it…


  2. Right now I’m living in Birkenstock sandals. They are hugely comfortable, cool (if not in the fashion sense) and remind me I don’t have to go to an office anymore! I think they say that I’m comfortable in my own skin and a bit of a hippie.

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  3. I have one pair of green knee-high floppy rubber boots for summer, one pair of clownish red rubber boots with white fur insides for winter, one pair of black roller skates with wheels that fold away, one pair of white sneakers with wings, one pair of ordinary running shoes for daily use, and a set of ratty Crocs for walking around outside without really leaving.

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