What DO shoes and the internet have in common?
Let me try to explain. Stay with me as I venture down the “bunny trail” that may – or may not – make sense to you.
First, let me say with sincerest apology that I was only able to read a few of my favorite blogs during the past ten days. Commenting was nearly impossible.
Why, you ask?
Well, my internet provider, Cox Communications – let’s not use the term “communications” too rigidly, as it has certainly NOT been a form of communication – has not been providing a good form of internet service over the past two weeks.
After having the patience of Job (well, more like the frustration of Job, really), I finally found out that the reason my service dropped out every two minutes or so, was due to a McAfee anti-virus upgrade that happened without Cox’s knowledge.
After finally reaching a real, living, speaking person, we were able to work through their fix. And … as of 20 minutes ago, I’m officially now back up at 100%, versus the 30% I’ve struggled with over the past two weeks.
Can I get an AMEN!!
It’s difficult when you can’t easily send off job applications, connect with fellow bloggers, send emails, etc.
*Seamless segue to shoes using Wayne’s World dream sequence*
So, I’ve had this post on shoes rattling around in my head like a concussion for the last six or seven days and it’s time to spew it onto the screen – I’ll try not to leave big chunks, so you can see it.
If you look into my closet, you will find eight pairs of shoes – four of them are sneakers. Of those four, two of them are six years old or older.
You see, I treat my footwear with the utmost care and respect – like every pair will last forever. I don’t see having more than I need as practical – one of the reasons why I don’t have dozens of pairs, as some are inclined (see Imelda Marcos - 765 pairs!).
This got me thinking about three of my favorites:
1) Johnston & Murphy bicycle toe, work or casual dress shoes.
Where do I begin with these “wheels?”
Value. Check and mate!
I bought these shoes in 2005, and had them re-soled once already. Love, love, love them.
Just look at the close up of how supple that leather is, and it holds the polish so well.
If a guy ever said “Squeeeeeee!” it would be me, about these shoes.
2) Sears Die Hard work boots.
These bad-boys have been with me for 19 years. Yep, I said it, 19 years!! So hard to believe.
I got these in 1993 when I was a production supervisor in Ohio. Oh, the tales they could tell if they could talk. And the miles they have trod.
3) Sperry Top-Siders.
These are such great shoes – preppy and easy to slip on. So great now that we live in Southern California.
I love the white stitching. And even after polishing these dozens of times over the years, the stitching is still nice and bright.
And boy do they need a good polishing!
I cringe to say that these shoes are also 19 years young. Picked them up at a store closing sale in Omaha, Nebraska in the summer of 1993. They were something like $18 at that time, which was still way below 1/2 price. I do love a bargain, especially on high-quality items.
When I look back at these three pairs of shoes, I’m so reminded of the the expression, “Walk a mile in my shoes.”
The meaning of that great idiom is that before we criticize someone else, we need to know what it’s like to “walk in their shoes.” I just picked three of my favorite pairs – it would take me days to tell someone where they’ve been, and what I’ve done with them on my feet.
And it’s no different for each of us. Maybe I had internet issues this week, maybe my shoes have walked me into situations, over time, that someone else would never want to face.
When I think about criticizing someone, I’ll take a quick peek inside my closet at my shoes, and remind myself to understand what they might be going through – or have gone through – before I open my mouth.
Do you have any favorite shoes?
Any as old as mine?