If I think of fabrics at all I would put cotton, wool, and linen at the top of the list. When I am traveling I love the quick dry nylon material. I discovered its usefulness after getting caught in a April shower in the Loire Vally on the way to Chateau Chenonceau. At the time I was in jeans since it was a little brisk. Despite my attempts to hide under a tree, I became drenched. It is no fun walking in wet jeans, all that chaffing, and the itchiness which arises. I didn’t wear the jeans again until I visited the Vatican. Thankfully.
One item I miss these days is leather. I prefer leather for my shoes. When it comes to dress shoes this isn’t really a problem. Sport shoes is another matter. More and more it seems as if tennis shoes are man made materials. I understand they can be lighter, but pleather makes my feet stink. I don’t mean a normal smell, either. It is almost toxic in its obnoxiousness. If I am offended by the smell these shoes produce, and transfer to my feet, what must others think? And the smell is like bacteria; it doubles in smell strength every 12 hours, whether I wear the shoes or not. I put the shoes outside, just so the house doesn’t become a hazardous site.
One would think with all the hamburgers we eat here in America that there would be plenty of cowhide. There should be piles of the stuff lying around waiting to be turned into a nice, new, pair of kicks. I say we should stop using this precious and wondrous material for belts, wallets, purses, and fancy, Italian, dress shoes. Maybe someday…..
Photo from: renaissance.mrugala.net
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