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padodes
2008-10-18 18:18:36
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Boots
Replying to Moac’s query about boot repairs some time ago, Jackill did some “sole searching” (25/09/08) and came up with a place where, even in this age of unrepentant consumerism, a sole can still be saved. Some might argue that once a boot has begun to lose its sole, it is beyond redemption and should be consigned to outer darkness. On the other hand, should we cast out old friends just because deep wrinkles now furrow their brow or because their steps have begun to falter? Between a walker and a tried and trusty pair of boots there is a bond that asks for nothing better than everlasting prolongation.

Over the years, my own successive pairs of boots have espoused every bulge and bend, every curve and cleft, of my knobbly feet. They have cocooned them in relative comfort, taken them dry across sucking bogs and intact up the side of craggy mountains. They have even followed me abroad and walked with me in exotic places. Why should it all end in inconsolable divorce? I do admit that I haven’t ever gone so far as to resole my worn-out boots. Nonetheless, they continue to get a grateful coat of wax from time to time, and we still share memories that are far more enduring than vibram and leather.

I found the boots you see in the photo on top of a small hill (T 1774 9462) near Trooperstown in Wicklow. One can hardly imagine what sole-wrenching drama must have played itself out here that could have led to such a final separation.
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simon3 7 hours ago.
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