Friday, August 15, 2008


BIG HOT CITY RAMBLE


You talk about heat island syndrome as only happens in the big city, well just go outside at 10:30 a.m. from this Big City office where I'm working today - during Obon, no less - and you wouldn't believe how the deadstill air, dense with reflected sun from the tall mirrorglass buildings around here, can make this worse than Death Valley, it's like a solar oven, you could fry an egg on your cordovan wingtip, not that I'm wearing wingtips, actually I'm wearing some great pull-on sneaker type shoes I picked up in the States where they have my shoe size, they're really convenient for living in Japan, where you have to take your shoes off all the time and then put them back on, but an egg would just make a mess on these, I don't even like to picture it especially in this heat, they're sort of netty and cool, lots of openings for air, makes them perfect footwear for heat island syndrome here in the big hot city, but noway suited for the fried egg thing as I say, whereas the image of a fresh egg broken over a superheated cordovan wingtip holds a certain charm for me here, highly polished cordovan as well furnishing a superior surface for frying an egg if you think about it, let's not get all psychological over this, it's not your shoe, it just makes a good metaphor, a cordovan wingtip, nor did I say a Manolo Blahnik stilletto heel or anything - which now that I think of it might work as well, if it was patent leather and not open-toed - but I'm just talking about the intensity of heat island syndrome around here in the big city, actually I think it's frying my brain...

6 comments:

tracy said...

Very nice looking shoe! I like the gentlemans' better than the ladies' heels...

Bob Brady said...

Better for frying, too...

Mick Brady said...

I want those wingtips! Over easy, please.

Anonymous said...

Please identify those easy-on, easy off sneakers. Sounds like what I need.

Bob Brady said...

here's a link to the shoe at the company's US website...

http://tinyurl.com/63ec56

or the full link

http://www.merrell.com/Product/NZGP/Mens-Active-Footwear/Multi-Sport/Mens/Chameleon-Hex.aspx

robert said...

Thanks very much, Robert, for the info on the shoes.