Happy #TBT (Throw-Back-Thursday)
Don’t get me started on the ballet slippers and tap shoes. My older sister and I would stand on our toes and pretend we had on toe shoes…painful, but it’s no different than today when we wear uncomfortable shoes all in the name of fashion. I think up until I was about 11 years old, I would still try to cram my foot in my tap shoes. The patent leather shined so much and made noise. Met all of the requirements for that age. I once tried to stretch them in the freezer because I saw that if you put Ziploc bags filled with water in them then freeze them, they would expand the size. Let’s just say that wasn’t the truth on a pair of 3 year-old, two sizes too small tap shoes.
So what you have learned about the 8 year old Alela that is still true today is that I love a little theatrics in my clothing, and I understood at a young age the sacrifice you sometimes have to make with shoes in the name of fashion.
I often hear the question 'what would you tell your younger self? ' I would tell the eight year old me to embrace herself and figure out how to incorporate a tutu or sequins into her private school uniform because fashion is your future!
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