There was a time down south that folks knew the day in spring that they could go barefooted. Kids looked forward to that time. It took a few days to get your feet toughened up, but before long you were running on gravel.
At the most (down south), we had two pairs of shoes, work-play and Sunday go to meeting, or dress up shoes. There was a thing called shoe polish, remember? I remember there was a Black, Brown, cordovan, and clear. Those were in wax. then there was the ‘sissy’ shoe polish that was liquid and came in a bottle with a swab on a wire attached to the cap. We used that for sole dressing.
I loved to watch the professional shoe shiners, they could pop that shine rag. I made some spending money shining shoes during Camp Meetings. Jim Page, my buddy in Valdese was a pro. He shined shoes at the Barber shop.
The price of shoes is ridiculous, especially ladies shoes. There is nothing to the flat shoes, especially with the fad or fashion of the flip-flop design. Now the HIGH HEEL are a different story those stilettos must be made tough to stay together.
Reece flew with me to Utah once to pick up Ben. Corey (Ben’s Brother) was his usual flying partner when they flew out for the summer, but Corey was not coming, so Reece and I flew out. On the way back we were on the plane with Rick Flair and some other Wrestlers. We did not have a thing for them to get an autograph on, so I told Ben to take his shoe over and get it signed. Rick Flair signed Ben’s shoe. We got a kick out of that.
Shoes… there was a salesman who always seemed to get a room under someone with big feet. He could hear the shoes drop. So when he heard one fall, he knew to wait for the other to drop before going to sleep. It always worked. One night he heard one fall and lay there so long he got it on his mind and could not go to sleep, all night he never heard the other drop.
(I Never saw lady shoe shiners)
The next day he found out a one legged man had been in that room. Yeah I know it’s corny, but it was about shoes….
There was a lot of Spit and polish in the military.