Not so much a brag today as a sob story.
Shoes are crap in Melbourne op shops; I find almost nothing in decent condition other than a few Ballys. So I was shocked to go into an op shop on Saturday and find a pair of Alfred Sargents. Right next to them was something that really got me going - a pair of Cleverleys. I most definitely have never seen them in an op shop; they are hardly sold anywhere here.
I paid for both pairs and got home. Took them out of the bag to brag to the wife about them and it only then dawned on me - the Cleverleys were not a pair. The right shoe was wider and rounder than the left, and also more worn. In a way that was even better because it might have meant a second pair was lurking back there. So back I went, but there was nothing else there.
I’ve since looked at the Cleverley site, and I’m thinking what I had was a bespoke pair of Hampshires made for somebody who had drastically different sized feet. It was hard to give them up, but I would not have been able to do anything with them. I exchanged them for a Lanvin belt, so I’m note too unhappy. (Still have the ASs too).