On The Bench

November Question

Fancy footwork: what shoes would we find on you/your protagonist’s feet, and what footwear would you/they never be caught dead wearing?
  • Terry Ambrose:

    Well, if we’re talking about McKenna in the Trouble in Paradise Mysteries, they’re set in Hawaii, so his usual footwear would be slippahs, which are the same thing as what the rest of the world call flip-flops. I’m pretty sure McKenna would never be caught wearing high heels. Let’s face it, an old man in heels? Eek!

  • Nancy J. Cohen:

    Marla, my hairstylist sleuth, stands on her feet all day so her shoes are practical choices for comfort. She’ll wear low-heeled pumps or strappy sandals but leaves the stilettoes for other women. Now that she has a ten-month old son at home, easy footwear is imperative.

  • Debra H. Goldstein:

    Sarah Blair is practical and pragmatic. She, like me, wears sneakers or low heels. Neither of us would ever be caught dead wearing Jimmy Choo stilettos.

  • Cheryl Hollon:

    Miranda Trent owns a cultural touring business in eastern Kentucky smack dab in the middle of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Her events include trail hiking to sandstone arches, where she teaches Plein air painting. She mostly wears sturdy hiking boots and then changes into cute flats for entertaining her clients at a southern meal paired with moonshine cocktails. She owns a pair of black swede kitten heels to go with her little black dress. Miranda would never wear a pair of four-inch stilettos.

  • Diane A.S. Stuckart:

    I’m a shoe-free kind of gal, so I’m barefoot the minute I walk in my front door, though I’ll throw on a pair of Crocs to work in the yard. Out in the world, unless I’m hiking somewhere, I prefer boat shoes or else clogs. No way will you ever find me in mile-high heels, though sometimes in the winter I’ll pull on a pair of ankle boots. My B&B proprietor in my Georgia B&B Mysteries, Nina Fleet, is on her feet a lot, so she prefers sneakers during the day. But she’s not opposed to a nice pair of heels (not too high!) for a night out.

  • Maggie Toussaint:

    While my catering sleuth tends toward practicality in her everyday footwear, River Holloway Merrick loves black stilettos. I’ve never been able to successfully walk in high heels of any height, preferring instead flats or a modest wedge-shaped heel.

  • Lois Winston

    Anastasia Pollack, my reluctant amateur sleuth from the eponymous Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries, is far too practical to wear heels most of the time, but she will slip into a pair for special occasions. However, Gracie Elliott, who sleuths her way through my Empty Nest Mysteries, is a sucker for sexy designer heels. As for me, ever since I had foot surgery a few years ago, I’ve become a Skechers girl—comfort all the way! Neither Anastasia, Gracie, nor I will ever be caught dead or alive in Crocs!



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