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30DW2-2 - Day 20: The Other Shoe

It's been several years since I've bought new shoes. The last shoes I bought were a pair of golf shoes,  actually. I don't work anymore so I don't need dress shoes. The ones I have - a pair in black and a pair in brown - are gathering dust in the bottom of my closet.

I bought a pair of Champion running shoes in Panama several years back - really cheap - to add to my growing collection.

But I confess, when the nice weather's here I wear sandals when I'm going out and around the yard a pair of flip flops.

I have a pair of crocs, but Mrs D won't let me wear them. She hates them. But they're so comfortable even if they aren't fashionable. Sometimes I'll slip them on while she's at work and then take them off before she gets home. And she's none the wiser. Although, from time to time I do feel a little guilty having cheated on her.

I find my feet really haven't grown in the last 10 to 15 years so if my footwear is still presentable why should I get new shoes?

And besides I always have trouble buying new shoes. Once you've chosen the style you prefer and told the salesman your size you sit down and try a shoe on usually the right one. Hardly anyone tries the other show - the left one.

I do. I try them both on and walk around the shoe store.

And you know what often happens? Because so many people try the right shoe it's a bit loose. And because people hardly ever try the other shoe it's tight. I hate when that happens. Then I'll ask for another box of the same kind and size and try them on until I find a pair that fits just right.

At my age this is important because I've pretty much given up on shoes with laces. I haven't gone the velcro route just yet but slip-ons are more my speed. They're so simple to put on. First the right shoe. And then the other shoe. The last thing you want is for one shoe or the other to slip off.

So, when I do buy shoes I choose my footwear carefully, mindful of current trends. I mean I want to be instep with everyone else.

But I stick my tongue out at those that think I'm a dedicated follower of fashion.

I'm just looking for some comfortable shoes to give me a lift.

And I step sprightly because I don't want folks to think I'm a loafer.

I can be so fashionable that some people think I went to Oxford.

But I'm actually a bit of a cowboy and when I'm riding my horse people have been known to comment on my saddle shoes.

You know, you might say people take one look at my shoes and can tell I've got sole.

Ag! Let him end this. Please.

And eye let him stop.

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Tami Von Zalez said…
Crocs? My mental image of you is now totally destroyed. Here I thought you were more Tony Bennett and you turn out to be Sammy Hagar.
Laughing Mom said…
I'm ith you - except for the Crocs...I don't like to buy shoes and almost all of mine have no laces or buckles of any kind.
nonamedufus said…
They're comfortable. And I only wear them behind closed doors.
nonamedufus said…
I'm on the verge of velcro. I find when i bend over to tie my shoes these days I almost pass out.
Jayne said…
Crocs are the devil's footwear -- when he's not hoofin' it. I'm with you, Duf. I love beautiful shoes, but at home I'm in Uggs or flip flops and when I go out, usually my barn boots. One cannot shovel manure in stilettos -- although I bet Nicky could.
nonamedufus said…
I'm wearin' boots when I go out these days. Speaking of manure, we have a shit-load of snow.
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Linda Medrano said…
Alex is something of a shoe whore. (Who would have guessed?) He loves his fine Spanish and Italian leathers. Alex loves leaving his shoes all over our house too. He buys shoes as art objects I think.
P.J. said…
Velcro! Velcro! Velcro! Velcro!
nonamedufus said…
I'm surprised with all the dogs you have Alex can be so carefree with his footwear.
nonamedufus said…
C'mon, velcro's for old guys.
Nicky said…
I know I've said it before, but Mrs. D is a very, very smart woman. Crocs! Fugliest things I've ever seen! You are an intelligent, educated punny man, mon ami. You should not be wearing those atrocities.
Linda R. said…
You are steppin' out in fine style with this one.
Cheryl P. said…
I can tell that Mrs. Dufus is a very stylish woman. Crocs may be comfy but they are the ugliest shoes ever far...even uglier than Fred Flintstone's shoes and those were pretty ugly.
nonamedufus said…
You know what? I went looking for them in my closet and I think she threw them out!
nonamedufus said…
Thanks. Linda. And nice pun, woman.
nonamedufus said…
Fred Flintstone wore shoes?
You're funny and you find funny photos.
Boom Boom Larew said…
Flip flops, loafers and Birkenstocks are my shoes of choice, but going outside every day with the kids in Rochester winters necessitates waterproof Nike hiking boots. (But I change into the Birks as soon as I get inside... even though they've become rather passe, they're still the most comfortable shoes I own.)
Boom Boom Larew said…
So could Linda. Wait, I take that back.... I couldn't imagine Linda shoveling shit. (But that doesn't mean I don't still love her!)
Ziva said…
I sure hope you weren't wearing Crocs while we were dancing the other night, my friend.
nonamedufus said…
Hey, I hope so. This is supposed to be a humour blog ya know.
nonamedufus said…
Birkenstocks? I hope you don't wear socks with them.
nonamedufus said…
No, I was wearing...(wait for it) old soft shoes.
nonamedufus said…
I can't get rid of this vision of Nicky shovelling manure in stilettos. Is she wearing anything else?
Boom Boom Larew said…
But, of course! If I'm going to be unstylish, I'm going to do it up right! At least in the winter, anyway.
nonamedufus said…
Ah, okay. That's acceptable. Maybe they should call them Birkenstockings? Well, maybe you should, at least
Jayne said…
Linda is another one who can do anything in heels, but is not one to take shit -- with or without a shovel.
nonamedufus said…
Wait. Nicky AND Linda. Is this like mud wrestling?
Boom Boom Larew said…
But I DO have a pair of Birkenstockings!
Boom Boom Larew said…
Hahahaha! So THAT's what they were up to when Nicky visited Linda in California.
MalisaHargrove said…
In my balmy part of the country, I wear flip flops year round. When I have to dress up, I wear flip flops with higher heels. I'm versatile like that. :)
Men and crocs. Now let me ask you. If you have a pair of loafers on... do you wear socks? PLEASE tell me you wear socks!
mikewjattoomanymornings said…
You and I have similar attitudes about shoes, NoName, although I wouldn't wear Crocs.I like loose-fitting shoes that I can slip on and off quickly. Not because I dress and undress a lot in seedy motel rooms -- no such luck -- but because I'm lazy. Really lazy.
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meleahrebeccah said…
"At my age this is important because I've pretty much given up on shoes with laces. I haven't gone the velcro route just yet but slip-ons are more my speed"

That sentence, literally, made me laugh out loud.

Also, i say wear your Crocs loud & proud!
nonamedufus said…
Hey, I wasn't trying to get a laugh there. It's true!

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