So Long, Sassy Shoes

 

Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while know that I love a nice pair of shoes. A stylin’-yet-functional duo that will take me where I need to go and make me look good when I get there.

And I found such shoes, and dubbed them my sassy shoes.

I loved them dearly. Perhaps a bit too much.

Because they’re dead now. Worn until they became ragged and floppy and not quite so functional, not quite so stylin’. They were very sans-sassy near the end there, and they were hard to replace.

But replaced they were, because one thing that I’ve gotten very good at is getting rid of stuff, even when I’ve become quite attached to said stuff.

It’s important to remember that our idea of what a thing is comes largely from the icon we hold in our head. Our brain uses shortcuts so that we don’t have to analyze objects over and over again every time we see them. An apple is red and crisp and sweet and roundish and firm to the touch. That apple over there? It might be, but if you don’t take the time to sit down and figure it out, you’ll like just assume that an apple is an apple.

If you’re brain didn’t do this, you’d likely be in trouble. It spends that deeply-investigative energy on things that might be dangerous. But when you’re not in a dangerous situation, take a look around you and see what just isn’t pulling its weight anymore. It might be time to replace some things with newer, more energy efficient/practical/awesome-looking models.

I probably should have replaced my sassy shoes before I did, but it took me a while to recognize the fact that they even needed replacing. They’ve always been a bit designerly/rugged, and a little wear actually gives a pair of shoes more personality, in most cases.

There is a certain point where personality becomes holes in the soles, however, and because my mind was shortcutting my appraisal of them, I’d just put them on every day, sometimes wondering why they felt a little weird (it was because the bottom part was falling off…oops).

So! Investigate. Look closer. Don’t let the world become an icon (like so many people do), because if it is, you might be missing something important (or making a horrible style faux pas…I’ll let you decide which is worse).

37 comments

  1. I have a shirt that is literally threadbare that needs to go in the trash, but it is sometimes hard getting rid of things you’ve had and used for so long. Everything we carry with us (i.e., on our backs) has a practical use – I also find it so liberating not to be connected to clothes and things.

  2. I have a shirt that is literally threadbare that needs to go in the trash, but it is sometimes hard getting rid of things you’ve had and used for so long. Everything we carry with us (i.e., on our backs) has a practical use – I also find it so liberating not to be connected to clothes and things.

  3. I have a shirt that is literally threadbare that needs to go in the trash, but it is sometimes hard getting rid of things you’ve had and used for so long. Everything we carry with us (i.e., on our backs) has a practical use – I also find it so liberating not to be connected to clothes and things.

  4. I wore the same pair of shoes for 8 years and recently had to let them go. They just weren’t functional anymore, and like you it took me a long time to recognize. I felt bad though since they had walked with me to so many different places.

  5. I wore the same pair of shoes for 8 years and recently had to let them go. They just weren’t functional anymore, and like you it took me a long time to recognize. I felt bad though since they had walked with me to so many different places.

  6. I wore the same pair of shoes for 8 years and recently had to let them go. They just weren’t functional anymore, and like you it took me a long time to recognize. I felt bad though since they had walked with me to so many different places.

  7. Colin, I have this impression of you as a stylish dresser that I CAN’T believe you wore such dead shoes… sentiments apart! Well, I think i like the quirky part of you that its showing. Adieu sassy shoes!

  8. Colin, I have this impression of you as a stylish dresser that I CAN’T believe you wore such dead shoes… sentiments apart! Well, I think i like the quirky part of you that its showing. Adieu sassy shoes!

  9. Colin, I have this impression of you as a stylish dresser that I CAN’T believe you wore such dead shoes… sentiments apart! Well, I think i like the quirky part of you that its showing. Adieu sassy shoes!

  10. I’m curious as to what you replaced good ole sassy with. Any images of the new pair?

  11. I’m curious as to what you replaced good ole sassy with. Any images of the new pair?

  12. I’m curious as to what you replaced good ole sassy with. Any images of the new pair?

  13. There’s some nice shoes you got there, man. Looks like you’ve been using them a lot.

    What about updating us with a picture of your new pair of shoes?

  14. There’s some nice shoes you got there, man. Looks like you’ve been using them a lot.

    What about updating us with a picture of your new pair of shoes?

  15. There’s some nice shoes you got there, man. Looks like you’ve been using them a lot.

    What about updating us with a picture of your new pair of shoes?

  16. Good post. I certainly get it, as I have several pairs of shoes I should part with but haven’t.

    Here’s something your readers may not know….You can actually recycle old athletic shoes these days through different charities. One charity takes old shoes and grinds up the rubber parts to make rubberized playground coating for new playgrounds.

    And it’s also useful to remember that many people, including children, don’t have any shoes at all, or ones that fit, because of poverty.

    I don’t think about this very often, but my dad was showing me family pics from when he was young and on one trip to Mesa Verde (of all places) only his older brother actually had shoes. He and his sister went barefoot. That was post-depression, pre-WWII, and the family was struggling at the time, like just about everyone else.

    It made me think about this issue in a way I hadn’t before. I’ve had the good fortune in life of thinking that going barefoot is a luxury…something to do when I feel like going to the beach, the pool, or squishing my toes in the mud. But for many people, it’s a fact of life…a regular and conspicuous reminder of poverty.

    I looked up a couple of good charities on CharityNavigator.org and here’s a good one http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=10548 or visit their web site at http://shoesthatfit.org/About-Us/Our-Story for more information.

    I’m going to make a small donation in honor of your old shoes, and in honor of the fact that you reminded me today to appreciate even more all that I have to be thankful for…including the shoes on my feet.

    Keep the good posts coming in. Glad I went back to my Google Reader today and caught this one!

    Sean

  17. Good post. I certainly get it, as I have several pairs of shoes I should part with but haven’t.

    Here’s something your readers may not know….You can actually recycle old athletic shoes these days through different charities. One charity takes old shoes and grinds up the rubber parts to make rubberized playground coating for new playgrounds.

    And it’s also useful to remember that many people, including children, don’t have any shoes at all, or ones that fit, because of poverty.

    I don’t think about this very often, but my dad was showing me family pics from when he was young and on one trip to Mesa Verde (of all places) only his older brother actually had shoes. He and his sister went barefoot. That was post-depression, pre-WWII, and the family was struggling at the time, like just about everyone else.

    It made me think about this issue in a way I hadn’t before. I’ve had the good fortune in life of thinking that going barefoot is a luxury…something to do when I feel like going to the beach, the pool, or squishing my toes in the mud. But for many people, it’s a fact of life…a regular and conspicuous reminder of poverty.

    I looked up a couple of good charities on CharityNavigator.org and here’s a good one http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=10548 or visit their web site at http://shoesthatfit.org/About-Us/Our-Story for more information.

    I’m going to make a small donation in honor of your old shoes, and in honor of the fact that you reminded me today to appreciate even more all that I have to be thankful for…including the shoes on my feet.

    Keep the good posts coming in. Glad I went back to my Google Reader today and caught this one!

    Sean

  18. Good post. I certainly get it, as I have several pairs of shoes I should part with but haven’t.

    Here’s something your readers may not know….You can actually recycle old athletic shoes these days through different charities. One charity takes old shoes and grinds up the rubber parts to make rubberized playground coating for new playgrounds.

    And it’s also useful to remember that many people, including children, don’t have any shoes at all, or ones that fit, because of poverty.

    I don’t think about this very often, but my dad was showing me family pics from when he was young and on one trip to Mesa Verde (of all places) only his older brother actually had shoes. He and his sister went barefoot. That was post-depression, pre-WWII, and the family was struggling at the time, like just about everyone else.

    It made me think about this issue in a way I hadn’t before. I’ve had the good fortune in life of thinking that going barefoot is a luxury…something to do when I feel like going to the beach, the pool, or squishing my toes in the mud. But for many people, it’s a fact of life…a regular and conspicuous reminder of poverty.

    I looked up a couple of good charities on CharityNavigator.org and here’s a good one http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=10548 or visit their web site at http://shoesthatfit.org/About-Us/Our-Story for more information.

    I’m going to make a small donation in honor of your old shoes, and in honor of the fact that you reminded me today to appreciate even more all that I have to be thankful for…including the shoes on my feet.

    Keep the good posts coming in. Glad I went back to my Google Reader today and caught this one!

    Sean

  19. I just wrote about these! Well, I didn't call them sassy shoes, but they're definitely one of the keys to traveling well- comfortable, stylish, and all-encompassing no matter where you're headed.

    As for me, a pair of glittery sneakers is all I need. Hope your new pair is treating you well!

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