Thursday, February 10, 2011
Some leather uppers (term of art for the part of a shoe other than the sole, laces not included) are designed to last for a lifetime or for multiple generations, perpetually reattached to new soles as they wear out. These Nunn Bushes are not such shoes.
They were extraordinarily long-lived for a pair that cost perhaps $80. They have admirably survived heavy wear over the course of seven years. But when the most furrowed part of the toe finally splits, it's like a shoe giving you two weeks' notice. You don't have to find a replacement pair right now, but you'd better start looking. So I'm off to eBay this weekend, looking for well-preserved Aldens. Once acquired, these old chaps will make their way to Goodwill for a new life.