We go through hundreds of pairs of shoes in our lifetimes. They serve us well, take the beatings we dish out, and are worn out and forgotten in due time. But some shoes… they go beyond that. They do more; they define a period of time for you, they fit you perfectly, they suit your personality, they’re just too comfortable for words. These shoes deserve recognition, for performance above and beyond, and I hereby dedicate this thread to the gone, but not forgotten, footwear we hold dear.
For me, it was a pair of Nike Calderas (I looked up the name in an attempt to find another pair, years later). Brown hiking boots with a green swoosh. Comfortable, light, versatile, and, somehow, very much me. I would kill to find another pair of those. Specifically, I would kill someone I really, really didn’t like and who was going to die soon anyway, provided there was no way I would be caught. These shoes are the ones that I aspire to every time I buy a new pair of shoes; none so far have lived up to their legacy.
It was a sad day when I finally came to terms with the fact that they were just too ratty to wear anymore; the toe had been worn through on one, and the sole was coming off on the other. Even so, they sat in my closet for years until I moved, giving off a fait aura of regret. At least I think it was regret. I do miss those hiking boots.
So, what shoes have served you well? Which ones would you love to find again? Which ones bring back the fondest memories of times gone by?