You shouldn’t try to stop everything from happening. Sometimes you’re supposed to feel awkward. Sometimes you’re supposed to be vulnerable in front of people. Sometimes it’s necessary because it’s all part of you getting to the next part of yourself.
Hello! Yes, I am a Seattlite, but I’m not really sure how helpful I will be to your show game tho. I own about 10 pairs of shoes:
None of these shoes are specific to Seattle, nor are they indicative of “proper” Seattle shoe wear because I don’t believe this is the kind of place where you need to be super thoughtful about shoes. Seattle has really mild weather, even in the depths of winter, so I don’t find I need to be all that prepared beyond some good socks, inserts to support my arches when I walk, and some layers to anticipate rain. If it happens to snow, I’ll lace up my boots, but beyond that I don’t consider my foot wear much beyond aesthetics. I guess it’s all about your comfort and what will work best for you. I’ve been in the PNW for over 13 years and by now I’m used to being soggy and damp 8 months a year. But, if you’re new to this area, you might want some rain boots until you get used to living like a wet slug.