I’ve had a great pair of winter boots for about 8 years now and they are just starting to look a bit tatty. So I was browsing online for some new ones and suddenly remembered that I had a pair of boots – right at the back of the wardrobe – that hadn’t been worn for over 20 years. These are the traditional handmade boots that I mentioned in this post.
Why had I hardly worn this free gift from the universe? Well let me divulge a secret. They were not a matching pair. One boot was size 5 and the other 4.5. Most people have one foot that is slightly bigger than the other and these boots were perfect for me as the larger one matched the bigger foot.
I’m sure that no one even noticed the difference but I was convinced that one looked elephantine compared to the small hooflike one. So after a few outings when I kept my boots as far apart as possible, they were jettisoned into the wardrobe. I couldn’t bear to throw them away as these handmade boots from Northampton sold for well over £200.00 back then.
This evening I crawled to the back of the wardrobe and discovered a lot of shoes that I’d forgotten that I had – espadrilles, deck shoes, a pair of gold boots (these must be very old as I can’t even remember buying them!) and the handmade boots.
So I’ll be stepping out in these boots this winter. Twenty years on I don’t care if my footprints don’t quite match, in fact I think it’s rather fun. These boots will be worn with trousers unless I decide to audition for a remake of The Railway Children.
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