New York, Denver, New York, Boston, Phili, San Francisco, New York, and then New York again... and then some. Recession be damned, this fall conference season was insane. If the economy actually gets better, ever, it will only be worse on my poor feet.
(On the other hand, my pet-sitter is going on a luxury vacation in January with what she earned from me.)
So here are my rules for your feet during conference season:
- When traveling, pack some slippers or slipper-socks in your carry on to wear en route. Don't stay in your shoes, no matter how nominally comfortable!
- Wear disgustingly comfy shoes or boots for the 'to the station/airport' and 'to the hotel' part of the trip. Slip ons (clogs or Uggs are great) if possible. You don't have to look spiffy when you check in to fancy conference hotels, only afterwards.
- Bring at least one pair of shoes per day of event -- don't think you can wear a pair twice in a row! (Sharon, you know what I mean.)
- Buy event shoes in a size larger than your normal office shoes. Your feet may swell on concrete-over-thin-carpet floors, or due to excess flying or standing. Also if you need to add insoles, you'll need the extra room. (Thanks to Hope for this tip.)
- Carry a spare pair of shoes in your bag to change into when your fellow attendees insist on an after-event drink or three. Most of them are either (a) male or (b) 20-somethings, so they have no idea of the physical pain you'll go through just to follow them down 6 city blocks to the 'cool' bar for refreshment. (Better yet, learn to say 'no thanks.")
And I might add, don't share a hotel room, to save money, with your decade-younger COO, because you'll be wracked by jealously of her sophisticated younger-woman's wardrobe and then make bad shoe decisions as a result... but I won't because surely you know better. Right?