The Walkin' Blues
Woke up this morning, feelin’ around for my shoes.
You know about that babe, had them old walkin’ blues.- Robert Johnson
I’ve written before about buying good quality and looking after it. I’m not into cheap and disposable.
Here are my Blundstones ( called Blundies) that are 10 years old. When I wear them in America people call them Canadian shoes. Actually they are Australian work boots that are very popular in the Arts Community here in Canada. I wear them to all workshops where they see clay. I fire wood kilns in them. They go to gallery openings, weddings, and funerals. I wear them almost all the time except in the studio since clay dust is really hard on leather. I wear these old Keen’s in the studio that I can slip on and off.
I felt my foot getting wet in my Blundies so I looked and saw I had worn right through the sole. I went to my local Blundie dealer and asked if they knew a good cobbler. They did and sent them away. Luigi phoned me and told me he would have to completely remove the heel and sole and actually rebuild me a new pair of Blundies- cost $100. Since a new pair is $200 plus 13% tax I said sure since the uppers are in great shape. Wow, they look brand new. I hope to get another 10 years out of them and also hope that Luigi is still in business. Don’t skimp on clay materials, don’t go cheap on your kiln and wheel and buy good quality shoes. Life is easier if
it fits your shoes.