Farewell, Old Friend

I opened the kitchen trash drawer last night and found this sad sight:

I always had a special fondness for this pair of shoes, because Sunny bought them new at the thrift store for $2.99 and found out later that they were fancy Italian flats by a designer called Thierry Raboutin, flats which usually sell for $400 dollars!

Originally the shoes were grey, but Sunny got tired of that color and used my fabric paints to paint them iridescent green. When the green paint started wearing out, she repainted them this odd purple. She wore them everywhere.

Then disaster struck — one of the shoes had a heel fall off. It took a while to figure out what the odd puck-shaped thing lying on the living room floor was. Eventually we made the connection. There was an active debate about whether the heel could be reglued.

A few weeks later, I found this in the kitchen wastebasket.

I liked these shoes because they expressed everything I love about thrift shopping, altering your possessions in oddball ways, and wearing things until they drop.

So long, funky shoe. I’ll miss you.

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