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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Farewell, Sweet Slippers

Last week I retired this year's set of house slippers. My slippers get abused and overworked. They're intended to keep toes toasty, and that's about it. But my slippers live a life of "scandal and passion."

They climb ladders, collect the mail, bash ceramic tile, demolish walls, plant flowers, spray paint oven doors, glue shingles on a dollhouse roof, protect me from dead roaches, rip out carpet, paint cabinets, strip woodwork, take photographs ... oh, and keep my toes toasty.

With all that work, my slippers don't last long. I got these last Christmas from Old Navy for $10. Now, look at them:

Not pretty. Slippers, you have served me well.

My new slippers (K-mart, $7.99, pink) have rubber soles, so I'm hoping they will make it more than 10 months. But I won't be surprised if they don't. We have a lot more work to do, my slippers and I.



amanda said...

I do all kinds of home improvement in my slippers also! Nothing is better for climbing a ladder. I have one pair I just can't part with, even though they've got holes clear through the bottom.

10:44 AM  
derek said...

maybe you need some construction slippers, they're right beside the construction flip-flops.

11:56 AM  
Jane said...

I bought some WalMart rubber boots (sorta like LL Bean style, leather with laces) which I thought I'd wear. Ha. I do all ladder work barefoot and all home imporvement stuff in old old clogs that have back enclosed. I couldn't bear to toss the clogs.

12:40 PM  
Jordana said...

I don't do much home improvement in my slippers and they still only last me a season.

1:01 PM  
Chris said...

That's why my slippers are wool Halflinger clogs. Which is also very helpful when I leave the house on errands still wearing them. Not intentional, of course.

3:35 PM  
Jennifer said...

Land's End has some very nice fleece clog-style slippers with rubber bottoms. Mine are going on (at least) five years old. And I wear them for everything, especially when it's cold outside.

They're in need of replacement (I'm attempting to limp along with a hole in one toe until Christmas so someone else can buy them for me) but they do last for a long time.

9:47 PM  
Anonymous said...

I do realize that this sounds ultra-freaky, but I bet you could sell them on eBay for some megabucks. No shit.
There is a huge foot fetish community stalking eBay lately for ladies "well worn" shoes & slippers. A girl I know paid her entire college semester by selling her well worn shoes on eBay. WEIRD but true, and hey, when an old house has you in its grip, any money coming in is better than money going out.

If you do decide to give it a whirl, I'd do the listing with excerpts from your blog--possibly just what you wrote in this post. That will keep the "morality police" off your back.

Good luck ;)

6:02 PM  

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