As you may have guessed, I like to keep stuff. I don't like to throw things away, and I will always consider a repair before a replacement. Sometimes this means paying for crafstmanship, as with a tailor or cobbler. Other times, it means giving up the ship and admitting defeat. Between these two concepts is the rough hewn, home made repair. This method is not for everything, but if used sparingly, I think it can have it's own kind of charm. To wit:
those slippers so many of you hated so much when I got them? Tom's by way of Ralph Rugby and covered with skull and bones? Incorigible things, but I like them. They have served me well as house slippers. But, they're cloth, and they rip. In my case, at the edge of my baby toe on both sides. After wearing them like this for a month or more, I finally decided to patch the holes. You can take the man out of the punk band but you can't take the punk...well , you get the picture. A lot of what goes on in the land of punk rock may be kid stuff, but there is a certain aesthetic to it that I don't mind seeing every once in a while. Like an old friend who drinks too much, it's great in small doses.
poncy velvet things that seem to be all the rage these days.
p.s. If I haven't lost you completely, as I may well have with this post, feel free to peruse the newest Spring/Summer offerings available in the shop.
26 April 2011
New Life for Old Things: The Rough Repair
Labels: DIY, Rugby Ralph Lauren, Slippers, Toms Shoes
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The only thing more punk rock was Jack Black in School of Rock
Let me be the second to congratulate you on this brilliant stroke of sartorial ingenuity.
Good on you I say. It's silly forking out for new slippers when they're just for mooching about the house. And there's something good about fixing things with your own hands.
There's a reason the phrase 'like a pair of old carpet slippers' is a well-used literary simile for describing things as comfortable.
It'll be funny to see them after 20-odd repairs when they're more old tie than slipper.
You know what would be more punk rock? Patching the shoes with the British flag
I am so pressed that I missed these. I want a pair so badly.
I always finding myself taking out my old patched up punk rock pants, wistfully putting them on and then going "wait, I'm not 16 anymore...". Too bad I don't wear slippers, this might be an alternative.
I smell a John Vavartos/Ralph Lauren collaboration, sold exclusively on an old card table by a street vendor on the Bowery outside a boutique/SRO hotel.
That's some scary looking shit man.
I hope I didn't give you nightmares. Just think of a pair of bottle green suede Belgians and evrything will be alright.
I'm pretty sure John Mellor would putz around the house in those, which is WAY more punk rock than Jack Black or sewing a Union Jack on 'em. Then again, I'm in my 40's.
Good choice to keep these logoed aberrations at home where only you and God himself will have to see them. A grateful nation thanks you. Personally I have a pair of Old Navy flip flops I wear in the gym shower. If anyone is gawking at my feet in the gym shower, we have another set of issues.
Exactly. Only, the first thing I did when I got them was cut off the logos.
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