Don’t drink, don’t smoke, what do you do?
Ah, Adam Ant. One of my earliest memories of Top of the Pops is him performing this song (I say performing, I mean miming). He was my sister’s favourite pop star. What I didn’t know back then was that the mainstream use of the expression ‘Goody Two Shoes’ stems from an 18th century children’s book in which a poor orphan girl with only one shoe earns a second one through her virtuousness.
Fortunately, the closest I’ve come to a one shoe sob story was after one of my flip flops was washed out to sea on Hastings beach, (only to be returned by the tide several hours later, a few metres along the shore).
I had some traumatic childhood shoe experiences on account of my enormous feet. No patent leather Mary Janes for me. Ugly grey lace-up boys shoes were the only ones that fit. Oh how I was mocked. And then there was the seemingly endless search for pixie boots (possibly Adam Ant inspired). This may be why I still don’t enjoy shoe shopping, although the era of my navy DMs did offer some respite, especially when I customised them by painting gold stars on them. I swore I’d wear them at my wedding.
These days my shoe embellishments are rather more conservative, but with some ribbon from some beautifully wrapped birthday presents, I fashioned some new laces for my rather sensible new mock brogues. I think even Stuart Leslie Goddard might consider them rather fetching.
Tools / special requirements: sharp scissors to cut ribbon ends into a point to get it through the teeny lace holes.
Time taken: 5 minutes
Things learned: Brogues originated in Scotland and were designed to allow water to drain through the holes after walking in wet terrain. Very appropriate today.
Satisfaction (1-10): 5 – a bit easy but end result makes me smile.