October 25 – St. Crispin's Day

Posted on October 25, 2013

It's not just St. Crispin's Day, it's the feast day of his twin brother, St. Crispinian, too.

But saying “St. Crispin's and St. Crispinian's Day” is a mouthful, and the Catholic church booted the day out of official status, anyway, pointing out that there is little evidence that these twins even existed. So people just shorten it to “St. Crispin's Day.” When they bother to mention it at all.

Crispin and Crispinian were said to be cobblers—that is, shoemakers. Because of this, they act as patron saints of cobblers, tanners, and other leather workers.

St. Crispin probably didn't make shoes
that looked like this!!
Shoes, glorious shoes!

Is it crazy that some people spend more than four thousand dollars on a pair of name-brand shoes?

Well...I have never been rich, but I have to say that it seems to me a little bit crazy! If you have that much money, maybe you should spend a couple of hundred dollars on a pair of really nice shoes—and then donate the leftover thousands of dollars to a charity that provides shoes to kids who have none!

But it probably is not crazy that the average adult in America spends $200 to $300 per year on shoes. Our feet are really important, and bad-fitting shoes can cause problems. Also, different activities in different weather conditions require different sorts of footwear. If you buy quality shoes made out of quality materials, they last a long time but are fairly expensive—and, let's face it, if you don't buy quality shoes, then you have to replace your shoes quite often! Which is also quite expensive!
Here are some of my favorite shoe innovations:

  • For toddlers, shoes that squeak! You can keep track of your little kid, and the squeak rewards proper walking (heel to toe). Of course, the squeakers can be removed when quiet is needed! 
  • Velcro shoes – wonderful for little kids and quick off-and-on action!
  • DIY “Sharpie shoes,” plain white canvas shoes personalized with Sharpie markers. 

  • Cottage industry shoes. It's nice that we can still support small and handmade “industries” like Babu Shoes

And then there are some things I'm not so crazy about. Like super-duper high spike heels just seem dangerous to me. High heeled “ballet slippers” have to harmful to your feet, as do really narrow-toes shoes. Walking around with little aquaria in your heel...is just...nuts!

Also on this date:

Constitution Day in Lithuania

1 comment:

  1. hi amazing how simple it to communicate with people and have them understand a certain topic of creativity, you made my day.

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