Too Much?

A few years ago, I bought a pair of Birkenstocks that I fell in love with. Here’s a picture I found on line of the style:

Now mine were not quite this vibrant. In your mind’s eye, take them down about three notches into more of the lilac/lavender scale and that’s more true to life.

I was so happy with them! They fit perfectly and they were just the color I loved. But my happy honeymoon was short lived. In just a matter of weeks the color began to fade. Drastically. Eventually, they turned a sort of indescribable taupe with only the whisper of the memory of lavender. They basically looked dirty all the time. However, given the price of this brand of footwear, and the fact that they were still quite comfortable and in no way worn out, I continued to wear them.

With warmer weather on its way, [even though it snowed last night], I got them out of the back of the closet and mourned over them once again.

But I had an idea. You can buy shoe dye. It’s not rocket science. So I went on Amazon and looked into it. I actually found a shoe dye for suede that was called ‘Lilac’. I thought… well, there we go! Sign me up, take my money! All the while envisioning my subtle lavender shoes restored to their glory days.

The bottle of dye arrived and when I opened it was a little worried about the hue. It seemed a little dark. I decided I would rather have that than walking around in dirty looking shoes.

Following the directions to the letter, I commenced swabbing on the color….. the bright color…. the eye popping color… of the so called ‘lilac’ dye.

I’m not sure, but I think I may have to get a permit to wear these in public. They might be harmful to the eyesight…

Should I chance it?

(Good god woman! Those might frighten small children!)

Well, maybe they will fade. Just like the other color.

(One can only hope….)

As always, time will tell….. and if they do, I still have half a bottle of dye left!

10 Replies to “Too Much?”

  1. I don’t see a problem. LOL
    I haven’t dyed suede but I’ve painted lots of leather shoes and I love how I can change the color and make them new again! Brilliant! Wear them all the time!

  2. OK, I will admit I burst into laughter when I scrolled down… Those are really bright, almost fluorescent, actually blinding. BUT I do like them. Very nice dye job I might add. Please keep us posted on the life of the Fluorescent Violet Shoes.

  3. Wear them with style and flair. When I worked I had does that were vibrant in color and made me feel good. If they make you feel good wear them.
    You also need to complain to Birkenstock about the fading!

  4. awesome colour! colour for the Brave! you should totally wear them proudly! they reminded me of the famous poem too:
    When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
    With a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me,
    And I shall spend my pension
    on brandy and summer gloves
    And satin sandals,
    and say we’ve no money for butter.
    I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired,
    And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells,
    And run my stick along the public railings,
    And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
    I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
    And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens,
    And learn to spit.
    You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat,
    And eat three pounds of sausages at a go,
    Or only bread and pickle for a week,
    And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats
    and things in boxes.
    But now we must have clothes that keep us dry,
    And pay our rent and not swear in the street,
    And set a good example for the children.
    We will have friends to dinner and read the papers.
    But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
    So people who know me
    are not too shocked and surprised,
    When suddenly I am old
    and start to wear purple!

  5. I’m glad you like the photos I post there is a lot of old railroad history in my area the way I understand the coaling tower is cars park under left side and unload the coal the elevators take it up then dump col in waiting locomotives sitting under the tower, oh and I think those shoes are so you I can just imagine you wearing no loving them

  6. I don’t know how I originally missed this post, but I’ve got to tell you, those shoes look awesome! Great color! I understand it’s not necessarily your style, but maybe haShem is telling you it’s time to kick things up a notch and take the purple adventure!

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