Thursday, July 8, 2010
Bye Bye Blues
That's it - my favourite pair of shoes have been tossed. I bought a pair of mostly blue DC shoes back in February of last year, and wore them for the first time on the flight to Korea. New shoes on a plane seems to be something of a tradition for me in recent years.
And I don't really usually care about shoes at all - but these blue babies were pretty. Sadly, over a year of heavy use, humid summers, and then finally, a marathon bike-ride in Gyeong-ju over Buddha's Birthday in heavy rains, the odor, as someone I once knew would elegantly phrase it, became "a bouquet of terror!" It's more accurate than you can know. I decided to actually wash them in the laundry machine, then set them in the sun to disinfect.
Then, over a month later - nearly two actually - I sprayed them with a foot deodorizer before slipping them on my feet and heading to school. Whatever had been trapped in the sole of that pair of shoes, was awakened unceremoniously by the Gyeong-ju rains of last month. I didn't just need baking soda or Lysol, I needed some sort of shoe exorcist. They smelled like rotting flesh - as though some small mammal had crawled up in them and died.
Finding none of the above, I decided it was time. That sassy blue will never again keep my ankles supported, my back straight, or my spirits up. Into the garbage bin they went. They were the ones I'm wearing in this photo. Please tell me that they weren't this bad on our road trip.
Just wanted to say goodbye to a good pair.