Brand: Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars
Number of Wears: 15

Anonymous asked: I'm looking for shoes worn out at the toes for a project I am working on with a friend who has cerebral palsy. I'm wondering if you have any or know who I can contact to find some. This is for a social documentary art project. thanks

Hi Anonymous!

The art project sounds very interesting. I have lots of shoes worn out at the toes and know lots of other individuals who do as well. I do not know of any organization that collects such shoes. I recommend putting out a call on Craigslist, Freecycle, or social media groups for people who have CP to see if folks would be willing to donate their old shoes. I would be willing to do a signal boost for you and your friend if I could find out more about this project. If you would like to send more details, please email spazzyshoes@gmail.com.

Thanks for writing!

“Where are you? Come now, don’t be shy… Step into the light,” the dragon Smaug says slyly to Bilbo.

Because we all know that this photo was taken right as I was about to attempt to save my homeland by drowning a dragon in molten gold…

Lord of the Rings: Desolation of Smaug “Step into the Light” spot.

Brand: Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars 

Number of Wears: 14

“Where are you? Come now, don’t be shy… Step into the light,” the dragon Smaug says slyly to Bilbo.

Because we all know that this photo was taken right as I was about to attempt to save my homeland by drowning a dragon in molten gold…

Lord of the Rings: Desolation of Smaug “Step into the Light” spot.

Brand: Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars

Number of Wears: 14

Brand: Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars 
Number of Wears: 13

Brand: Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars

Number of Wears: 13


March 20th Should Be International Shoe Day. 

I pronounce March 20th to be International Shoe Day because I love shoes, and it’s my birthday, and making pronouncements is the kind of thing one can do on their birthday…

Really though, in addition to being my birthday, March 20th should be International Shoe Day because it is the day that Jan E. Matzeliger received a patent for his shoe lasting machine in 1883 and soon completely revolutionized the shoe industry.

Jan Matzeliger was a black immigrant to the United States from the Dutch colony of Suriname. He arrived at age 19 speaking no English and having very little education. He settled in Lynn, Massachusetts and got a job doing maintenance work in a shoe factory. By age 30, Matzeliger had invented and patented the machine that allowed for the rapid production of high quality shoes - the shoe lasting machine.

Prior to the mid 1880s, most shoes were made entirely by hand. A shoe “last” was a model of a particular person’s foot, and these lasts were made so that shoes could be made to fit well. Shoe lasters were individuals who shaped the shoe and put the upper and lower parts of the shoe together. Such detailed and tedious work was commonly thought to be the toughest part of shoe making, and, of course, such work could only be done with human hands. Before the introduction of Matzeliger’s innovation, shoe making was a specialized skill, and expert shoe makers produced approximately 50 pairs of shoes per day.

Matzeliger’s shoe lasting machine held a shoe on a last, pulled the leather down around the shoe’s heel, set and drove in the nails, and then pushed out the finished shoes. With this new machine, 700 could be produced in a day. 700. That’s a 1300% increase. Forget incremental change, that’s a game-changer. In addition to drastically increasing high quality shoe production, the shoe lasting machine cut shoe prices in half, and it created tremendous opportunities for the employment of more unskilled workers.

So, when you go into a DSW or a Payless or check out Zappos.com and see what seems like endless low-cost footwear possibilities, thank Jan Matzeliger and his shoe lasting machine. Though the shoe industry looks much different than it did  when Matzelinger’s invention was popularized in factories, many of those more current innovations would not have been possible without his machine. One machine that made shoes available to people world wide. I am telling you, March 20th should be the International Shoe Day.

As the snow is cleared off to make way for spring, so too do I clear the treads off my sole and make way for holes. Perhaps my toes will enjoy sunshine and April showers.
Brand: Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars
Number of Wears: 12

As the snow is cleared off to make way for spring, so too do I clear the treads off my sole and make way for holes. Perhaps my toes will enjoy sunshine and April showers.

Brand: Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars

Number of Wears: 12

Anonymous asked: I am part of a group of students at the University of Oregon that is doing a project that revolves around helping people with gait find a solution to their shoes wearing down so quickly. I was hoping you could answer a few questions for us. 1: Have you ever heard of/tried a product like Tuff Toe? (an application over the toe of the existing shoe) 2: Or have you heard of someone else trying it? 3: Would you be willing to use a product like Tuff Toe on your shoes? If there was different colors?

Hi there.

What a great study. Is there anywhere I can find out more about it?

I have never heard of Tuff Toe nor have I heard of someone else trying it. Based on the website, it appears that Tuff Toe is intended to be worn with  shoes made for baseball pitchers and work boots, so it isn’t the range of colors that would inhibit me from wearing Tuff Toe but the type of shoes that the product is intended for. If Tuff Toes were made for casual athletic shoes or women’s professional shoes/ dress shoes, ie the two kinds of shoes I wear often I would certainly be open to trying them.

c-autumnn asked: I have CP and I've had a few converse . I had put mod podge on the bottom of them and they seem to hold up that way :) I also switch back and forth to nikes because the bottoms to me seem to have grip. The nikes help me walk better also :)

Hey! Thank you so much for the  modge podge suggestion! Do you put it all over your shoes or just the areas that wear out the fastest? And, great tip about Nike. Are there any particular types of Nikes that help your walking or Nikes in general?

Thanks again for the tips!

Brand: Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars

Number of Wears: 11

Brand: Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars

Number of Wears: 11

One of the shoes in my current pair of Chucks lost an eye today. 

Occupational hazard, I guess.

One of the shoes in my current pair of Chucks lost an eye today.

Occupational hazard, I guess.