Do I Wear Old People Shoes??

Son: “Mom, why are you wearing those old people shoes?”

Seriously!!  My Son thinks I wear old people shoes.  He might as well have slapped me.

I look at my 16 year old Daughter & ask, “Do you think these are old people shoes?”

Uncontrollable laughing from her now.  I’d have to say her non-answer and laughing was a “yes.”

Honestly, I’m shocked because I LIKE these shoes.  They are comfortable, but I thought they were quite stylish.  I love the Mary Jane style:

Okay friends…I want your opinion.  Do these shoes look like old people shoes?  I don’t know why it bothers me so much, but it does.  It’s quite normal that my Son doesn’t like my taste at all.  He’s always saying “that’s tacky, Mom!”  However, I know it’s not, so I usually ignore him.  Besides, what does a 13 year old boy know about what’s stylish or not?

My 16 year old Daughter seems to be agreeing more with him, so it is worrying me.  Am I losing touch with reality?  I’ve always been a little eccentric in my tastes so maybe that is all it is.  I may not necessarily like to wear the latest trendy fashions always, but it’s never bothered me what people think.  I guess I just don’t want my kids to be embarrassed by their Mom.  It kind of hurts.  I don’t want them to be embarrassed by me.

Should I let it bother me?

Thanks for your input,


  1. No way! Mary Janes aren’t old lady. Here’s a link with photos of non-geriatric celebs wearing them.
    Also the new cover of J Crew is ballet flats (similar look) galore!!!
    Although—I have a pair by Rocket Dog (kinda hip brand) and my husband makes fun of them. They’re not for everybody, but you’re definitely not “the crazy cat lady.”
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  2. Linda from the Edge of Nowhere says

    Sweetie, it’s just part of your job to embarrass your teenagers. Accept it; I have. When I saw those pictures in your post a couple weeks ago I thought, “Those shoes look comfortable.” Thus, I’m pretty sure they’re old lady shoes. My kids have told me I have old lady shoes before, you don’t need to be “hurt” over that. Let them have their laughs and remind them about the chore chart . . . .

  3. I ALWAYS choose shoes that are comfortable. And, I have a pair of mary janes just like that. I have a 16 year old son and he “makes fun” of everything I wear. That’s just part of being a teenager. Moms are always “so not cool” to teenagers (boys and girls). DO NOT let it bother you.
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  4. ditto to all of the above!

  5. hahahaha
    this cracks me up!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOo not old lady shoes, I adore mary Janes! Rock them sister!!

  6. Well… They might be Mary Jane “style” but they have elastic. lol I have to agree with the kids.
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  7. I dont think these are old lady at All!! I think they look cute on you. 🙂

  8. NO!
    Mary Jane’s are my favorite. I love them in any style. More than half the shoes I won could be classified as mary jane’s.
    I actually always think of them as more little girlish than old!

  9. no!! these are cute!! but i cannot stop laughing – this was recently a conversation between a friend and i, as we gossiped about someone we knew snatching shoes from her granny. THOSE were old lady shoes.
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  10. OK, everyone, I feel much better. I was having a weak moment. Thank you for helping me realize it doesn’t really matter what my 13 year old Son thinks of my shoes. Erica, you showed great courage to be honest. I value honesty.

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