I was nosing around the Internet several weeks ago and came across these black and white brogues. I have such a weakness for assertive shoes (which my mother would call “ugly shoes”).
Unfortunately, they were no longer available, but the desire had taken root. I felt compelled to search for the next best thing and found these.
The Dainty Sianos, too, were no longer available through the Doc Martens website, but on the off-chance that Doc Martens retail and website inventories were not integrated, I called the Doc Martens store in Georgetown. Bingo! They had the shoes and so I paid for them by phone and told the clerk I’d come in within a day or two to pick them up. When I got off the phone, I looked at my calendar (crowded) and the forecast (rain) and realized it would be more efficient and far easier to send a courier to pick the shoes up for me.
The realization that I was sending a proxy to retrieve a purchase from a store frequented by college students prompted the question, “Am I too old to shop in Dr. Martens?”
Never! Doc Martens are for everyone. I’ll wear them when I’m 65 and they’ll act as ankle weights and help me maintain bone density.
But I did decide to fetch them myself, so I packed up a file of things to read, took a taxi to Bistro Francais, had lunch and picked up my shoes. The Directrice . . . keeping it real.
For those of you seeking a pair of assertive shoes, these were the other contenders.
And for those of you wondering how these shoes fit into a work wardrobe: They don’t. These are for the weekend, with jeans. Maybe casual Friday.