It’s been ages since I’ve tackled an IFB Project, and this one is right up my alley…
The premise is easy enough: Take a photo of all of your shoes that you own right now. As you’re about to see, some have it easier than others, though for reasons not seen readily upon the first glance.
What you see are the only pairs of shoes I own. Both are boots. Both are British. Both represent separate parts of my life.
I’ve owned this pair of Grinders for four years. They were purchased back when I needed shoes that were sturdy enough to endure the then-two-mile walk to work at Video Monitoring Services of America’s Louisville production office. I had hoped they could also endure the occasional rainstorm, but these weren’t the right boots for the job.
Many shoes have come and gone since that purchase — even a pair of Simply Vera Vera Wang boots that did not survive past NYFW AW11 — but this pair has remained standing, original soles and all. Alas, the boots represent a time when things were not as I hoped they would turn out to be professionally, including the Chapter 7 bankruptcy that brought an end to my time with VMS.
I bought these Dr. Marten boots not too long ago, tired of the heaviness my Grinders brought with every step I took coupled with my desire to own more stylish, more durable feminine shoes.
These boots represent a brighter, lighter future for me; I can move more freely in this pair of boots than I could previously. My only hope is that these shoes endure for even half as long as their fellow Englishmen.
I leave you with “Walking in My Shoes” from Depeche Mode’s 1993 album Songs of Faith and Devotion, a fitting end to this post
Photo credit: Cameron Miquelon.