My awakening took place in a moment in time. There was a need for me to shop for a new pair of kick-around shoes. They would be for times when the weather was hot and shorts were in order.
Color was a feature that did not particularly enthrall me. I just wanted these new shoes to match the colors of Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall. What surprised me was how much my expectations were to be stunned and shocked.
Normally, aesthetics are not a forte of mine. I leave color choices to those who have a knack at design and color coordination. These people never cease to amaze me.
They explain why they chose certain colors to match with others and it perfectly makes sense. Or least I am so confused I nod in agreement just to expedite the conversation. After all, grey and black are colors too are they not? Even fancy color names can handle the never ending conversations around design. Names like gunmetal, battleship grey or raven black make a lot of sense to me.
My hunt for a new pair of kick-around shoes began at the local sporting goods store. When I arrived at the Men’s shoe department, what filled up my senses almost took my breath away. Colors of the rainbow stunned my visual senses.
Frankly, I looked for a sign to verify that these were in fact men’s shoes. Every color especially bright and pastel selections dominated one shoe or another. Florescent colors were very evident too.
Maybe the bright colors were to shield your eyes from the prices. I wanted a new pair of shoes not a second car. Who on earth can budget for shoe money like these?
Dominant colors were not the only surprises. Pastels were all over the selection grid as well. Pink was even a highlight for some shoes.
It took a while for me to find some options. Two sales personnel asked if they could be of assistance. They were young kids asking out of obligation.
“Point me to the MEN’S black shoes with silver highlights,” I requested. They both looked dazed as if I had asked them to solve the problem of world hunger. Oh well, after poking around I found my new shoes in basic silver with black highlights and in my size off in a lonely section of the store. They were not on sale.
photo credit: brucefong cellphone photography