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10th March 2013 - prejudicial (whip, crack away)

10th March 2013 - prejudicial (whip, crack away)

I have held a life-long view that shoes in any colour other than black or red are fundamentally wrong. Brown shoes? Urgh. Not for me, no thank you. It’s never done me any harm and I have spent a lifetime sticking to these principles. Of course this is a prejudice that is founded on sand – there is no reason for it other than at some point before I can remember, I decided that this was the case.

So imagine my surprise when I found myself the owner of a pair of very “brahn boots”. I was sort of coerced by DM who thought they were cute and I was seduced by the fact that they are environmentally friendly boots. The soles are biodegradable apparently. I am a sucker for a biodegradable boot! The buckles and tassels make me feel as though I should be wearing a fringy jacket and a Stetson. Does this make me a cow girl? Or is that a prejudicial statement too?

It helps that the boots are dead comfy and very easy to wear. It helps that DM commented on how “stylish” I looked when I went out the other day wearing them. It even helps that I can almost imagine myself as Doris Day in Calamity Jane when I’m wearing them…OK – I DID say almost. I know that may be a leap of faith too far for many readers of this (even my parents would balk at me singing “the deadwood stage”).

Even though I have some very intransigent views about some things, I am prepared to admit that my prejudice about the colour of these boots has gone. I’m still feeling a bit squeamish about brown shoes in any other context though. I’m not imagining any other brown shoes finding their way into my wardrobe any time soon. For now though…”whip, crack away”.

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Erica 12-Mar-2013 16:20
They do look comfy. I got some Hotter tan suede laced pumps late 80's and they were fab and lasted years, I've been looking at getting some more but they are expensive.
Martin Lamoon11-Mar-2013 22:10
Great setting for the shoes against the wooden floor. v
Bill Miller11-Mar-2013 11:15
Nice detailed picture but I hope those biodegradable soles don't dissolve in the puddles...
Eric Hewis11-Mar-2013 10:14
Can we expect line dancing pictures in the near future?
SRW10-Mar-2013 22:33
I've always loved brown shoes, I'm afraid: finding that black ones tend to be too formal for a semi-tramp, such as myself.... These are a particularly fine example, too... -- and nicely photographed... -- and I'm glad that DM persuaded you to wear them... (although, surely, he should be promoting Doc Martens...?)!
faye white10-Mar-2013 22:15
I'm also not a fan of brown shoes but these are very stylish and they do look comfortable! As I get older I find that I'm less adaptable in some ways but in others, I'm quite willing to shrug and say "oh, why not give it a try?".
Ray :)10-Mar-2013 21:54
Hehe, funny how we all have our comfort zones? I'm in need of new shoes and plan on visiting a shop called 'Hotter', and I only know they exist as they were an ironic feature of my PAD on 25th February!