I wear boots. They help protect my feet when I’m working on my property. I wear them year round in pretty much all situations that require footwear.
When I was an executive I wore boots. Those boots were exclusively Lucchese boots made in El Paso, Texas. These were my ‘fancy’ boots and I didn’t wear them for working on property. There are Lucchese boots I do wear for outdoor working but I reserved two pair for use with fancy clothes. (One brown and one black)
I also wear caps and hats. A good cover on my head helps keep me warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Caps and hats keep the sun out of my eyes. A baseball style hat will last about a year before it begins to disintegrate. At Christmas I can count on my daughters to resupply me.
Decades ago a friend of mine visited and his hat was showing bare and torn sections on the bill of the cap. I pointed out, “Looks like you need a new hat.” He then replied, “I just bought this.” Wait a minute, what? I asked, “You bought a used hat?” He said, “No, it came new like this.” All I could do was wonder.
My friend had bought a hat that had been roughed up to give the appearance of having been worn during supposedly rugged conditions. Now, I’d seen people wearing jeans that had been roughed-up or broken-in prior to purchase because somehow that had become fashionable. But, a roughed-up hat?
I don’t buy jeans that come worn out. I’ll ruin them on my on – I don’t need help. I’ll also ruin caps, hats, boots, socks, shirts and all other types of apparel aside from suits and dress up jackets. The suits and dress up jackets are reserved for weddings, funerals, and church. As such, those last long time. My wife has suggested those suits and jackets are “Out of style” and I should get new dress-up apparel.
I don’t mind being out of style. No one is going to look at me during a wedding. If people are looking at me during a funeral it will mostly likely be because I’m the one that is dead. At that point I won’t care about my suit. If folks are judging my suits or jackets at church then I’d rather they spent their judging moments with their noses reading over what Jesus said concerning judgment of others.
Now, you may think I am judging when it comes to others spending their money to buy worn out clothing. You may be right – pray for me. I admit right away I see no value in purchasing clothes that are half way to the recycle bin.
On Facebook, I was hit with an advertisement for “fashion boots.” These are boots that look like they’re soon for the trash bin. Let me add here I do not like Facebook. There was a time when it allowed me to stay loosely in touch with friends. Today, it is too hard to find what my friends are up to because of all the ads, political half-truths or down right lies filling up the FaceBook space. But, when I saw an ad promoting the purchase of worn out boots I thought –how stupid is this?
(Oh, I periodically polish my boots so they will last longer)