Shoes Make The Man

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On the left a nice lace up brogue, the right a Caterpillar boot.

These shoes are pretty much interchangeable, both appear most often with jeans and a shirt, but they each make me feel completely different. The trusty Caterpillar, I’ve had a pair of those for around 15 years now, replacing them every few years with an almost identical pair. They are sturdy, warm, dry. When I put them on I am ready to get on with whatever the day throws at me, whether it’s walking miles, lifting furniture or sitting in a pub. They can go from dawn to dusk and not be cope with whatever the situation. The delicate brogues though, they change everything. They come out when I fancy a sartorial lift, I’m trying to make an impression or I want to smarten up. They are for evenings when I know the pub is my destination, or days when I need to be thinking a bit more professionally.

I can wear the same outfit all day but change the shoes I’m a completely different person.

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The same is true of my runners. Above, from left to right, are my trail shoes, my ‘fast’ shoes and my long shoes. The shoes I’m wearing define the runner I am going to be that day. They will define my expectations, my pace, my approach. I can wear the same shorts and tops every time I run, but the shoes I wear determine the man I am going to be that day.

Today I wore the blue ones, what have you worn?

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