Three women walk into a technology conference and…

This, my friends, is no joke. I will be packing this week for one of the largest technology conferences on the planet. On May 16th, 19,000 people will convene on the 7,000,000 square feet of the Orange County Convention Center for the SapphireNow | Americas’ SAP Users’ Group 2016 Conferences.  And this is what is on my packing list: moleskin, surgical tape and 2Toms Blister Shield.  And 5 different kinds of shoes. Plus sneakers. Plus flip flops. And some really fuzzy slippers.

These are things  I’m convinced men do not pack.

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Women’s shoes – if we are wearing the expected business attire – are designed in precise juxtaposition to the normal shape of a foot. Women’s shoes are designed to match only certain attire in color, style, heel height. Women’s shoes aren’t designed for trekking across 950,000 square feet of exhibitor space. And women’s shoes are generally not designed to be worn with a pair of cushioned socks either.

Hence, the moleskin, surgical tape and blister aid.  And the different shoes? Well, it helps to have the shoes you wear on day 2 hurt at different places than the shoes you wore on day 1… and so on.

And – when all else hurts, I’ll be slipping off my shoes while listening to someone else’s presentation, changing into comfortable flats to run from one session to another, and limping into the evening festivities.

Tell me – would these shoes REALLY make my feet look fat and awkward with a suit or dress??  Maybe I can pull it off….what do you think?

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4 Comments

  1. Women’s shoes are modern instruments of torture we freely submit to… Or at least some look like it. Sometimes I wonder if going to a conference/expo with 12″ isn’t just a pretext for…. SHOES SHOPPING.

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  2. Women’s shoes are modern instruments of torture we freely submit to… Or at least some look like it. Sometimes I wonder if going to a conference/expo with 12″ isn’t just a pretext for…. SHOES SHOPPING.
    Btw, love the sneakers.
    Next post: a collage of the shoes we wore.

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  3. Women’s shoes are modern instruments of torture we freely submit to… Or at least some look like it. Sometimes I wonder if going to a conference/expo with 12″ isn’t just a pretext for…. SHOES SHOPPING.
    Btw, love the sneakers.

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  4. I am convinced that women’s shoes are in fact medieval instruments of torture to which we willingly submit – or at least, many look like it. Going to a conference with high heeled 12″ wonders might be just a pretext for shoes shopping?

    Next post: a gallery of all the shoes we actually wore.

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