Oh it's sad when a great romance dies. All things must pass, and Campers have been my no.1 shoe friends for possibly long enough. I'm wondering if it's really all over. If so, it's not because of anything I did. All their fault.
The unhappiness began in November when I went to buy myself a new pair as a birthday present and so I would not be distracted by worrying about my feet during the conference week. I wanted sandals, but all the nice shapes were way too narrow for my feet. (Strike one.) So I got these instead.
They're OK. They are damn comfortable. But the thing is, after a month and a half of wear, they've gone totally limp. I don't think the band of elastic across the top is going to hold out much longer. I wouldn't mind so much except they cost twice as much as they should have, and more importantly, when I looked at the bottom, I got a nasty shock:
(Strike two.) That's right through 'lame' and out the other side. wtf is a 'camper girl'? Why couldn't they settle for a nice flower or trail of footprints design like in the old days?
Then I went and got these on Boxing Day:
Look, they're alright too. Solid, well-made shoes, nicely shaped and wide across the toe joints where I need the room. But what's the embroidery supposed to represent? I have no objection to patterns on the toes (although I am a little apprehensive about the possible effect on my sense of colour of going about sporting pastel pink, blue, and yellow embroidery) but the design looks ominously like the sort of random and vaguely flowery scribble you might do if you're really, really sick of having to come up with an endless series of quirky designs (strike three.)
If Camper really has finally lost it I'm going to have to make the shoes I already have last for the rest of my life.