Two years ago my wife Mo gave me a lovely pair of slippers for Christmas. It wasn’t the only present she gave me, but it was definitely the one I used the most from then on, because they were so comfortable. They were expensive tan coloured suede, sheep skin, fleece-lined, slip-on slippers. So much much more fashionable than my grandad style check pattern slippers with the Velcro straps, that I had previously; or the hotel-liberated flip flops that I used to ware around the house. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if David Beckham hasn’t got a pair.
They took a bit of getting used to because they were mules, which means that you have to grip them with your toes to stop them sliding off. I guess that is why they are called mules, because you tended to walk like a donkey with slow plodding steps. They would be more accurately called slip-offs, than slip-ons. Still they were my pride and joy, so I threw out all my old unfashionable slippers and give-away flip flops.
That’s when the problem started. The 10 yards between the kitchen door and the green house. That is where I keep my gardening shoes. Obviously I needed to keep my new luxury slippers for ‘best’, even a step outside was a risk. Suede does mark very easily, particularly light tan suede.
I did tip toe to the greenhouse extra carefully for almost a whole year, but gardening is a muddy business especially in the spring. So it wasn’t long before my new slippers started to get marked. which caused a few glaring glances from Mo, every time I came in from the greenhouse. You can brush the dirt off the slippers in the summer, but by autumn in the wind and rain, brushing them makes the marks worse. Just in that 10 yard sprint, my tan slippers became a dark shade of brown.
So what a lovely surprise it was when the very next Christmas Mo gave me another identical pair of luxury tan coloured slippers, with strict instructions that they were ‘indoor’ slippers. In future, I think slippers might become a regular Christmas present, like pants and socks.
To be continued ………. in the next post.