Thursday, May 12, 2005

I need to buy me some rubber soled shoes

So I walked home again last night. Way fun.

I was wearing an old pair of Florsheims with rubber soles. They are wearing through. I use them to work in. A couple of years ago I started wearing leather soled shoes regularly. I was uneasy about this, because I always wanted to be wearing something that if I needed to book or jump over a fence. The leather had me slipping around on the pavement and was no good in unexpected perilous situations. Granted I don't get into many of these kinds of situations, but hey, you never know.

A friend of mine Andy told me it makes much more sense for a guy like me to wear leather soled shoes.

He said "Steve, you don't need to run. You just walk."

That makes sense. I don't need to run. All I really need to do is walk anyway. Just stroll. The shoes are very comfortable and I was able to get used to the slipping, and I even enjoyed it. I try to take good care of my shoes by shining them regularly and having them resoled when they need it. They hold up well and treat me right.

But I have been taking more shortcuts lately. I have been going down embankments with wild shrubbery. I have been walking over railroad trestles. I have been climbing down walls. Walking through burnt out buildings. I don't really run, I never really was a runner, but I do have need for more versatile shoes. I can still wear nice rubber soled shoes. I can always clean them if they get dirty from climbing on top of an abandoned dump truck. Besides, people think I am undercover when I wear rubber soled shoes. And when they see me wear leather soled shoes they think I am a gangster. I would rather people think the former.


Blogger Jackie said...

I never got the whole leather sole thing. Always seemed like it would be slippery and hard. Or good for ballroom dancing.

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10:37 PM  
Blogger greenthings said...

It's your lucky day;I happen to be a connoisseur of rubber soled shoes - especially the off roading variety. Just say the word and I can point you in the right direction.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

There's a burnt out factory on Brannon between Southwest and Fyler if you're interested.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

I went through that warehouse on my way home.

And for the shoes- I like to have something that are presentable to my grandmother in a pinch and a classic style. I used to wear above the ankle carolinas with steel toes that looked like dress shoes that I would wear on my motorcycle. The only trick is that I wear size 14.

6:51 PM  
Blogger The Humanity Critic said...

Just passing through, but I must say that I am absolutely digging the blog.

4:49 PM  

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