Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Shoes tell Jew's tale

Well, I finally did it: After decades (on and off--mostly off while we were raising the Son-ster) as a folk dancer, I finally bought myself some dancin' shoes--dance sneakers, to be precise. They're well cushioned, but have a "split sole," which makes them flexible enough in the middle that you can point your foot. They also have a nice flat surface on the toe, for daring dancers who want to dance on their tiptoes, literally. But the reason why I bought them is that, unlike the regular sneakers that I've been wearing for Israeli folk dancing ever since my left foot developed an inflammation at the surgical site, they don't stick to the floor. It's darn near impossible to do a spin in shoes that stick to the floor.

As for the other glamorous (cough, cough) shoe pictured, that's half of my new pair of non-leather shoes. They're the wrong color for both Tisha B'Av (too "loud"/flashy) and Yom Kippur (this I'm wearing on the day when I pray that, though my sins be red as scarlet, HaShem will turn them white as snow?!). And they're not nearly dressy enough for Yom Kippur, either. Ugh. :( But my old cloth shoes hurt long before I had my foot surgery, so a sneaker-based shoe is probably the closest thing to half-comfortable that I'm going to get.


Blogger Tzipporah said...

Thanks for the reminder! I always get to a day before YK and remember I don't have any non-leather shoes. I am that ridiculous lady wearing her slippers to services.

I should go look while the cheap summer shoes are out there.

Thu Jun 28, 01:30:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Glad to be of service. :)

If you observe the "Three Weeks" (up to and including the fast of Tisha B'Av) by not buying new clothes, you might want to move fast--the Three Weeks begin this coming Monday night!

Thu Jun 28, 01:51:00 PM 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And remember to wear them before Tisha B'av. It is not appropriate to wear new shoes on Tisha B'Av. Indeed it is undesirable to buy new shoes *for* Tisha B'Av.

Better to buy in the fall before YK, from the summer remainder bin.

Thu Jun 28, 02:20:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ah, the most annoying period of the Jewish calendar for American Jews. Here we are, enjoying the summer like the rest of our neighbors, and along comes the three weeks... OTOH, I get to bring out my white converse for their semi-annual visit.

July 4th falling during the three weeks is a separate type of inconvenience...

Thu Jun 28, 02:50:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Bob, I wore my new shoes around the house last night for at least a couple of hours. Is that enough to make them no longer new?

Alex, what's with all these mourning periods smack dab when everyone else is having a good time? We lose a month (or more, depending on your minhag/custom) of the gorgeous springtime to Sefirah, and a chunk of swimming season to the Three Weeks. Sometimes I think it's a conspiracy against the Jewish People enjoying life too much.

As for U.S. Independence Day (July 4th) falling during the Three Weeks, I haven't quite figured out how I'm going to handle the annual Macy's fireworks extravaganza. I suppose we could always leave the sound turned off, so that we don't hear the music accompanying the show on the telecast.

Thu Jun 28, 05:09:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Tzipporah said...

Is that enough to make them no longer new?

I hold by the retail definition - if they're not in returnable condition, they're not new. Just take a quick walk out on the sidewalk to grime up the bottoms a little. ;)

It is not appropriate to wear new shoes on Tisha B'Av.

Well my goodness, next you'll be telling me I shouldn't buy new sackcloth and ashes, either!

Fri Jun 29, 01:04:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Tzipporah, the retail definition makes sense. I'll make sure to take a quick walk outdoors with my new shoes before sundown this coming Monday. I wore the dancing shoes to go Israeli folk dancing last night, so they're officially used.

Fri Jun 29, 01:33:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Sheyna said...

I have a pair of shoes just like that! Bought them for dancing, too. 'Course then I went and had two kids and my feet grew a size (eg: they got fatter) and I'm patiently waiting to get back in them.

Mon Jul 09, 08:36:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

If my experience is any indication, that may take a while. :)

Mon Jul 09, 11:08:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Unknown said...

I got a pair similar to that you are wearing..i got it from this website for cheap price.

Fri Oct 19, 01:43:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Lizy, thanks for the tip, but, to be honest, I'm not comfortable buying shoes through a website unless I've already owned a pair of the same model of shoe. I hesitate to buy shoes that I haven't already had an opportunity to try on and wear.

Sun Oct 21, 03:35:00 PM 2007  

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