Yes, yes, a nothing post and then a post about haberdashery.
So, every six months or less, I must buy a new pair of shoes. Walking is my main mode of transport, so my shoes wear out very quickly. Buying shoes is a difficult task for me, because I have big feet, and worse, one foot is a bit larger (wider) than the other.
In my own weird way, I also have stylistic concerns. You'd think that for someone who walks a lot, I'd buy a lot of comfortable runners. Not so; I have my own peculiar image to maintain, not to mention the fact that I simply am too mentally lazy to juggle which shoes to wear for what. What I want is nice black shoes that are comfortable for miles of walking with good grips and high durability that don't hurt my peculiar feet.
Yes, that is a tall order. And it takes a correspondingly long time to fill it. Grrr. Why do so many shoes have no grip? Who wants to slip and slide across, say, tile floors? Well, I found something. But it is not perfect.
In the same vein, I am also looking for a new wallet. I bought my old wallet in Karachi, Pakistan last winter. At a big gift shop warehouse festooned with reassuring anti-child-labour posters, a sure sign that children had indeed been harmed in the making of my wallet. (As they probably have with yours, which I do not say in my defence...) I need to carry a large number of cards around with my at once. I imagine that nowadays, most people do. I've got change, receipts, and on rare occasions, even cash. It's a big bulgy wallet that I keep in my trouser pocket.
But why is it next to impossible to find a wallet that can store any reasonable fraction of that now? What's this with ridiculously thin wallets? What, so people are afraid of a little pocket bulge? Seriously. I can't find a decent wallet anywhere. Not a one of them even has a change pouch.
Finally, while at the mall, I noticed a major department store's "Big and Tall" men's clothing collection catalogue. Lots of tall, but no big.