15.1.08

I ...

... have this thing for shoes.

One type of shoe, actually.

Ever since I got my first pair of Nomads when I was 15 in Namen, (Belgium)(pretty landscape, bitch to get there)(bitch to get there by boat, that is), I have been in love with strong hiking boots. Really big ones. You see, there's categories, and they have letters

A is the average walking shoe. B is the walking shoe for slightly hillier circumstances. C is an actual climbing shoe. D is for Everest. they are cool and totally impractical. Metal plate in the sole, that sort of thing.

My favourites are hybrid B/C shoes. Heavy shoes that will be able to negotiate any terrain and can often, if so desired, be outfitted with climbing irons.

Not that I actually need these shoes, though. I never venture into the mountains and all the walking I do is in the city. But I just love the feel of a heavy shoe on my legs. When they're new you're in absolute pain because they don't bend and you figure you made a mistake and that you'll never break them in but slowly you get used to them and they get used to you and before you know it you're three years on and they're totally fit for you to live in and you just love them.

But, as with all things this relationship too comes to an end. The sole will be worn down until it's flat. The edges start to crack. The inside begins to tear at the heal. The inlay begins to tear.

It's always a painful process to seperate from your shoes ... and I'm still debating whether I should step out of my current pair. I'm not sure yet. I'm totally comfortable with my shoes and right now ... I just don't know yet. To add to this, my left shoe has a piece of christmas decoration from three years ago, from when I surprised my girlfriend by changing the apartment into a christmas-y affair whilst she was at school, including 5 christmas trees and gifts. I decorated everything. As well as my shoes.

I love my shoes.

12 comments:

Daenerys said...

Just get the new shoes, Beo! Wear them in while your old shoes are not completely falling apart.

... This coming from someone who still has really ugly (and in their ugliness beautiful) white trainers with 'strass steentjes' and pink ribbon for shoelaces...

... I feel a new forum topic coming on!

Gavin. said...

Oh my ... strass!!!

Anonymous said...

Says the man who has a sprankling gold piece of ribbon attached to his shoe....

Gavin. said...

... it was christmas ... :(

Anonymous said...

The operative word being 'was'.
Anyway, it doesn't give you the right to be nasty about strass, in a girl! You very manly male who has a really nice and handsome body that is very very capable of giving me ..... oh sorry. You person of the male persuasion who wears glittering stuff after the holidays.

Gavin. said...

I'm just not THAT gay.

Or; at all, actually.

Anonymous said...

In a man it would be gay. But it is an women who is wearing it, so that takes the gay part out of it.
besides, you do have a femanine side to you, look at your shoes!!

Anonymous said...

My big mountaineering shoes? Those very, very MANLY major boots designed for outdoor rockclimbing boots? Those boots??!?!?

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter, yoe chose to dress them up and therefor they are female.
Besides, these shoes do not have a iron plate in them, so they are not desinged for rockclimbing.

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