Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Does This Make Me A Noodle Blogger?*

Yesterday I went out and bought 2 new pairs of shoes.

Now, this probably sounds like really scraping the bottom of a very large barrel as topics for a blog entry go, but bear with me. I can't remember if I covered all these points before, maybe I touched on them in my 100 Things list, but you must understand:
  • I am a very short man with very wide, flat, hard to fit feet. (see 'Hobbit') Unlike other bloggers, who apparently have pretty feet.
  • I dislike shopping for shoes, mostly because of the point above.
  • I buy way too few pairs of shoes (see above).
  • Consequently, when I find a pair that fits and/or are prepared to consider risking their structural integrity to stretch sufficiently, I will wear them almost every day until they fall apart.

So, prompted by the fact that I'm off to the see "Sounds Of The Cinema" by the Australian Chamber Orchestra tonight with my workmates, and my last pair of black 'dress' shoes just got retired (ie 'fell apart'), I decided to go shopping. One pair of nice chisel toed black shoes and an impulse buy of a funky pair of tan & brown trainers.

It's like I was on a mission. I did a quick recon of the shelves, selected, barked out my size, tried, purchased and was out of there in record time. Ok, 'barked' is an exaggeration, read 'asked politely' instead, but it was like "[deep breath] Ok, I'm doing this. Let's roll!"

* Noodle Bloggers is a term I read somewhere once, to describe the sort of blogs where people list the minute details of their day. Such as, "Today I had noodles for lunch".

17 comments:

Bodhi said...

Well, I can't speak for anyone else here but I find this fascinating, Andrew. Is this post scraping the bottom of the blog barrel? Not at all

But then again, of course we all know that you had me at shopping.

As I don't have your fitting issue I indeed lurve shopping for shoes, but then I lurve shopping for anything. And although I don't share your fitting issues with shoes, I too like to wear mine out till they are almost falling apart, like codependent old friends that I don't want to give away.

Is it wrong that I adore the smell of leather that always pervades shoes stores? And then of course there are those cute twink retail assistents with their offers of help and requests for size (Hmmmmm). And with new shoes, of course, comes the possability of further wardrobe purchases. Oh c'mon, you have to further accessorize people, thats just a given.

Shoes indeed maketh the man, so share away my hobbity footed friend. The new pairs sound truly fab and funky. Have fun with the workmates tonight.

PS. Three further words, m'kay. Bondi Westfield Junction ...

The Other Andrew said...

The black shoes are indeed funky, they have quite an elongated chisel toe and consequently make my feet look huge! Oh well. I joke about my height and big, ugly feet, but I've made peace with it over the years. Seriously, life's too short (hah!) to get hung up on these things.

Michael said...

I just bought shoes, too, but unlike you, and like Bodhi, for me it's a seriously common occurrence. I buy lots. If it weren't for my near-Quaker upbringing, I'd go all Bacchanalian in the shoe store. This weekend, I got a black pair with a rather pointed toe, loafer variety, the better to flit about lightly in while in NYC. Oh, and a cashmere-silk blend sweater that went so well with the pinstriped grey wool pants and....

The Other Andrew said...

Don't let Loulou get near your cashmere with her rotary cutter.

Your new shoes sound fab. Now that I've found a couple of brands that fit my feet better, maybe I'll have a change of heart and join you in the Bacchanale!

luscious loulou said...

I've got great feet as well. Sorry, petal. Long and narrow. But, funnily enough, despite that when I find shoes that fit rather than gape boat-like, I tend to buy them in a few colours.

I have, in recent months during the great purge, given away more than 40 pairs of boots and shoes. I only have 14 pairs left. Didja faint? Isn't that fantastic!!?? I think so. Anyhoo…

I have 18 pairs of boots, shoes and trainers in various on-line wishlists. That kinda says it all, don't it? And of course, the cashmeres and stretch silks that are faintly calling my name. It's almost a drone in my head.

Almost. How do I get thru' the day?


loulou

duane said...

As long as you don't recount evey step you take, I am there. You are very interesting, and it is great to hear what is going on in your life. I think you are funny about the shoes, and the fact you got two pairs in one day, well, that is nuts. I could never do that! TWO PAIRS???!!!! AHHHHH!!! LOL

The Other Andrew said...

I am wild, I am crazy. TWO PAIRS. It's like some sort of shoe fetish Bacchanale!

I probably could have gone a third pair, if the funds were in my pocket. As it was I plonked $250, which probably isn't bad for two pairs. Maybe I'm changing my ways?

Thanks for calling me interesting sweet pea, back at ya!

Sunshine said...

As "noodle" as you think your story is, it's strangely interesting to me. So keep feeding me the tidbits!! :D

Michael said...

Hear that? Sunshine wants you to keep feeding him the noodle.

See what you started, Bodhi?

The Other Andrew said...

Jeezaloo, it's gettin' all "Pipedreams" around here all of a sudden. Porntastic. R18+

Sunshine, petal, don't listen to the nasty men. I thank you for the compliment. Now, about your noodle...

Bodhi said...

"See what you started, Bodhi?

Hmmmm, pot calling kettle black there, methinks. Of course, black has always been my colour though ;-)

Sunshine. Lurve that name by the way, as it makes me instantly think of Justin from Queer as Folk. And believe me, thats a good thing. Ummm, what was my point here again. Oh yes, as to your noodle ...

Cozalcoatl said...

Hmmm shoes, don't really do it for me.
I have 4 maybe 5 pairs i wear for different things. All black, no or small heels.
Chucked out a bunch of stuff the other day including 4 pairs of old, dead shoes. Ob made some jokey comment about me being such a girl having so many.
Laughed when i mentioned they were two pairs of Docs, SES boots and gym/hockey joggers....

The Other Andrew said...

Hah! Coz, you know one of the fondest memories I have of you? Mikey and I going wedding dress shopping with you (ie 'playing dress-ups') and you looking drop dead gorgeous in that slate grey beaded silk dress... with Doc Marten boots. So perfect.

Cozalcoatl said...

Haha
All part of my charm, i tells ya.

I do own more shoes now than ever before, even girly sandals. I've weaned myself off wearing Docs everyday....mostly
Working in a lab i have to wear closed shoes so i have to stomp around in boots.

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

cozling, I think you chose your career to suit your shoes...

The Other Andrew said...

I'm wearing the brown trainers today. Comfortable! On the first day of wearing! Call the Vatican, it's a miracle.

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

you didn't accidently pray to the last pope, did you? they're thinking of beatifying him. don't give them any encouragement...