Saturday, March 17, 2018

New shoes - 3.17 #sol18 Story Challenge

Took a new pair of running shoes out on the trail this morning, which sent me thinking back to ghosts of footwear past...

My first pair of racing shoes in high school, their splash of color like the Miami Dolphins out of place on grimy trails.

Another favorite pair from that era, reissued in recent years in same bright red, now (gulp) labeled 'vintage' or 'classic.'

The beefy pair that trundled up and over Imogene Pass; the svelte pair that glided up and down the Seven Sisters.

These footwear flashbacks got me thinking about a tagline from nearly 30 years ago: Mars Blackmon may have been on to something.

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    1. Not entirely, but I'm pretty sure I couldn't do it without them :)

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  2. Great long term memory & soleful collection of footwear. Recalling Coach Young's pep talks pre-race "walking" team through course to visualize course strategy. Powerful stuff & !gnizigrenE. !pu me' ecaL

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  3. "the ghosts of footwear past"--lol How fun to structure your slice around memories of your running shoes! It is a bit disconcerting when our memories and experiences get that "classic" or "vintage" label, isn't it?

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    1. Lots or rueful head shaking in response to being disconcerted!

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  4. Your post has me flashing back to the store where my sister used to get her track shoes. It was in a dumpy building, around the back and upstairs. Messy, but just thinking about it brings back the new shoe smell of the cramped space.

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  5. I just tried a new pair of shoes myself, yesterday! Though I don't have the associations you do - I kinda just see them as a necessary expense to keep my knees and hips healthier. You're definitely more of a connoisseur!

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    1. Here's to healthy joints! Don't need to be any kind of connoisseur to appreciate those.

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  6. Yes, shoes can bring back such memories. Love the hyperlinks. Glad I found your Slice today!

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  7. Sometimes I do this with my clothes, remembering a different time and place. A velvet paisley jacket... hmmm isn't paisley making a comeback? I thought this was a thought provoking slice.

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  8. I love shoes. And this really got me thinking about the memories I have of the different shoes I've worn.

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