The other afternoon my leisurely walk home was unceremoniously halted. I had felt a sudden dip in my stride. The heel on my left shoe had broken. There was no prior warning. At least a shaky step would have given me the heads up. Furthermore the purple three inch wedges, my favorite but rarely worn pair had been in perfect condition in the morning. So what next? Confidently walk with one shoe, which would draw curious stares? Go barefoot and risk more stares? What I knew for sure was that a taxi was out of the question. Home was a about a mile away and besides my budget would not accommodate the extravagance (lean economic times). Needless to say a cab ride eventually saved the situation against protests from my wallet. This experience motivated me to think of backup plan(s) in case the same scenario recurs in the future.
I made a conscious decision to always carry in my bag an extra pair of light flat heeled shoes either sandals or canvas. These also come in handy when feet swell making the initial pair uncomfortable and even when new shoes pinch.
In cases where my bag size is constricted by circumstances such as a dinner or cocktail, super glue which can fit in most purses will be an instant fix. It is like a magic wand also fixes earrings, compact mirror, hand bag strap etc.
This one ideally should be a substantial amount set aside at a corner in my bag for urgent situations. It could be used in case of a broken heel or other shoe emergency to purchase a new pair or cab fare. However it is still difficult to implement (impulse buying takes the blame).
While there has not been a broken heel incident since then (I am extra careful), I do not always remember to carry spare shoes. Thankfully the super glue has become a common sight in my bag and the emergency cash is a work in progress. My walk home in heels continues, a habit that is tough to quit for me.