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Hypothesis confirmed!

Every so often, for no discernible reason, I will be suddenly inspired to do something (somewhat) creative, such as making a cake, writing something strange, or customising some clothing. I like to indulge such urges, not least because I know from past experience that they rapidly dissipate if ignored, leaving a vacuum which soon fills with self-disappointment and ennui. That is why, when yesterday's hypothesis sprang to mind, I had little choice but to act.

The inspiration came from two sources:
  1. tinyjo telling me that I needed sandals to go with my shorts (made from cut-off Levis, debuted on holiday in Las Vegas holiday, and quite possibly the first time she'd ever seen me in short trousers.) At the time, I was dubious.

  2. Buying some new army surplus boots on a lunchtime expedition with archie and wondering what to do with my old, knackered ones. It seemed a waste to throw them away, but I know from Oxfam bookshop experience that it's even more of a waste to donate to charity things that are too knackered to be of any use.

With tinyjo out drinking with her feisty female friends, I had nothing better to do, so I rummaged through the tool box and went outside with the boots, a hacksaw, a kitchen knife and some misappropriated fabric scissors. After a few hours and a few injuries (most of my projects cost a little blood. I'm not the most dexterous of people, and my tendency to use whatever tools are to hand regardless of suitability doesn't help.) I was done, despite the (welcome) distractions of rain, cat, guest, girlfriend, Guitar Hero, etc.

The results? Well, I'm not cross-posting this to stylishly_yours, but I am quite pleased with them, and I think I'll be trying them out at Glastonbury in a few weeks time.




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topicaltim
Jun. 12th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
Feeling any strong urges to insist you will have your vengeance in this life or the next? A desire for people to unleash hell?
oxfordhacker
Jun. 13th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Not currently. I'd better not wear them to work though, just in case...
topicaltim
Jun. 13th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Probably wise. I'm not feeling well-disposed towards work at the moment, so I know that if I went in on Monday wearing sandals and carrying a trident, it might start with an ill-judged bit of workplace joshing and end in blood.
applez
Jun. 13th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
Feel any compelling urge to whistle whimsically while work-ganged to a tropical Death March? ;-)
jinty
Jun. 13th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
Um, yes
They do look like sandals, actually. Surprisingly muchly so, though the sideways view is a bit disturbing, with its connotations of, er, what the other commenters also seem to feel they connote.
tinyjo
Jun. 13th, 2008 08:17 am (UTC)
Re: Um, yes
Which is what?! I'm in the dark...
jinty
Jun. 13th, 2008 10:27 am (UTC)
Re: Um, yes
Well, they're somehow at least partly the sort of thing that imperial troops of some sort of empire - quasi-roman, orc, or other - might be wearing to show how BIG and TOUGH and NASTY and PUNK ROCK they are. In comics, y'understand.
tinyjo
Jun. 13th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
Re: Um, yes
Ah, I see. I did think they had a rather gladitorial look to them...
topicaltim
Jun. 13th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Um, yes
I must admit that as I posted, I wondered whether this would be another of the gaps in Jo's Classic Film Knowledge :)
(no subject) - ex_londonso - Jun. 13th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC) - Expand
sdn
Jun. 13th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
wow. just ... wow.
white_hart
Jun. 13th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
I am extremely impressed, and I totally think you should crosspost it to stylishly_yours.
oxfordhacker
Jun. 13th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
I'm flattered, but not convinced. I suppose 'orc foot-soldier' is a style but not, I fear, a stylish one.

It also seems rude to post to a community that I don't read, and I'm afraid stylishly_yours falls into that category. I dearly love the concept and philosophy, but on the times I've checked it out I have found that I lack the vocabulary and/or imagination to get much from textual descriptions of outfits, and that the female focus reduced the applicability of much of the advice...
motodraconis
Jun. 13th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
I think they're cool, from what I can see through tears of laughter.
pomma_penses
Jun. 13th, 2008 07:55 am (UTC)
Thank you for forcing Archie into a situation where he could buy trousers.

Also, I am disturbed by the boots. I tmay be that my brain can't do the un-laced-ness with the sandal-ness. aaaaaaaaugh.
oxfordhacker
Jun. 13th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
It was, in fact, he that persuaded me into a situation where I could buy new boots.

And actually I'm inclined to agree about the lacedness. I think I'll do them up properly if and when I wear them in earnest.
shepline
Jun. 13th, 2008 08:09 am (UTC)
But you didn't say what tinyjo thought of them. Like most commentators here I find myself oscillating between feelings of impressed and fear.

Have you worn them to work yet?
tinyjo
Jun. 13th, 2008 08:16 am (UTC)
I too was amused and slightly disturbed - it wasn't quite what I had envisaged when suggesting sandals but they are kind of nifty, so...
oxfordhacker
Jun. 13th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
Have you worn them to work yet?

While our dress-code is casual, I fear that I have taken these boots right through casual to... somewhere else. Somewhere mildly, but genuinely, NSFW.
barnacle
Jun. 13th, 2008 09:06 am (UTC)
oxfordslacker = sandalhacker
oxfordhacker
Jun. 13th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
Ph33r my l33t c0bbl1ng sk1llz
cleanskies
Jun. 13th, 2008 09:20 am (UTC)
I think you could improve the looks by taking a little fine-grain sandpaper to the rough edges.

Also, may be unsuitable outside the festival context.
oxfordhacker
Jun. 13th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
I think you could improve the looks by taking a little fine-grain sandpaper to the rough edges.

I may yet. I had honestly assumed that they were simply going to end up in the bin as a fun but stupid idea, but they've ended up surprisingly intact and comfy. And of course I'm not one to overlook that fact that, judging by these comments, they inspire awe and laughter in men and women alike...

Also, may be unsuitable outside the festival context.

Nonsense! They could be formalwear, paired with the right socks.
shepline
Jun. 14th, 2008 09:10 am (UTC)
They could be formalwear, paired with the right socks.

I do hope you are joking in this respect. I may not be the most fashion conscious of people but even I know the truth universally accepted about sandals and socks! ;-)
oxfordhacker
Jun. 16th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
That's a good rule of thumb, but it reckons without the possibility of socks with strategically placed leather patches. And it just happens that I have some leather spare...
concourse
Jun. 16th, 2008 09:56 am (UTC)
I shudder to think of what you'd do to the dinner jacket and trousers that would match these as formal attire.
shinyredtype
Jun. 13th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
I am both impressed and terrified. I'm not sure what I pictured when you said you were going to turn boots into sandals, but this definitely was not it.
archie
Jun. 16th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Sandal? Or Superpower?!
They look so unusual that a part of me is saying "no, they're normal boots. you've just developed X-ray vision." That is how unusual they are. Or I am.
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