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Your shoes tell tales

By Vision Reporter

Added 11th January 2001 03:00 AM

JUST when men think they have mastered the art of keeping their true selves hidden, their footwear (read shoes) trips them up.

JUST when men think they have mastered the art of keeping their true selves hidden, their footwear (read shoes) trips them up.

'Mr. Notice Me' is also a ladies man and loves having them around him JUST when men think they have mastered the art of keeping their true selves hidden, their footwear (read shoes) trips them up. Men think that it is a matter of "anything can do" when it comes to their shoes. Men's shoes can say volumes that even a fortune teller would not be able to tell about them, no matter how many times she turned a palm. One look can tell a good man from a bad one. "Nice guy", a friend commented of a man seated a table away from us one evening. "Not quite nice", I replied after a look at his shoes. He is the type that loves to be noticed. Well polished, and immaculate, his are the type of shoes you can call dress shoes. All flashy and a show off, just like their wearer. A man who wears such shoes is the type who will not walk into a room if he has the slight inclination that his presence will go unnoticed. This type of man will stop at the doorway, look about him, just in case anything has fallen out of place and make a grand entrance. He will head into the room with a bounce bound to be noticed by everybody. 'Mr. Notice Me', as his shoes suggest, will turn around, go out and walk back in if he realises no one has taken notice of his 'grand' entrance. 'Mr. Notice Me' is also a ladies man and loves having them hanging around him. He loves compliments, infact thrives on them, and always has an innocent look about him. Men who cannot do without dress shoes, and they will certainly wear them everywhere even to the beach and markets, have big egos. But above all, they are dangerous and I guess the phrase, 'a leopard in a cat's skin' describes them best. Most of these men are not serious, have a lazy out look toward life and take everyday as it comes. They do not live for the future. Most of them are dealers in cars or businessmen. A few may have had the chance to get into a better profession, but they always stick out, as in the saying, "Once a thief,.....". You won't fail to find a few along the streets of Kampala trying to impress a lady or two. Such men are players and are quite good at hurting their colleagues' feelings, most especially women. The type of man who wears such shoes should not be trusted; he easily worms his way to one's heart and in the same way cons and robs one of their possessions. He is a bad spender, spending what does not belong to him. Then there are those who love wearing the sleek shoes, mainly called the T-style. Such a man is telling the world that he has bid farewell to the past and embraced new technology. This man with feminine shoes which are streamlined and pared down with a lower profile and flatter heel, wants to pass for being a 'softie', just like the ladies he is trying to imitate. He has thrown away the 'grass root' theory that men wear only masculine shoes. This man, should have been christened, 'Mr. Too Good To Be True', because he thinks he is too good, even his own mama. He wants to be treated like a woman. And many times, 'Mr. Too Good To Be True' expects you to take care of the bills regardless of whether you are a man or woman. Then there is the 'easy going, smooth operator' type of man. This one loves the heavy trekking shoes. He is simply too simple and annoyingly care free. This type of man thinks that life is as simple as breathing in and out, only he forgets that at times the art of breathing becomes a difficult task to accomplish. 'Mr. Easy going, smooth operator' does not know the difference between making a life and living a life. Life for him is always on the move, just like his shoes suggest. Four out of five of these type of men will not be able to differentiate between their sitting room and bedroom simply because what is in the bedroom easily finds its way into the sitting room. This type of man is careless, dirty and a con man. You'll know a man who loves his liberty with his array of bright colours in boat shoes, (Moccasins), but even this man has his follies. He barely wants to be helped. Correcting him is the worst you could do to his ego. At times, this type of man is minimal and pared down and will easily change into sandals and simple shoes. The man who loves saddle shoes that give him that casual Friday afternoon look is more conservative yet fashion conscious. Men who love these shoes are mostly bankers, managers, or lawyers. They want to go a little further in fashion but without 'leading the edge'. So, want to look a banker, or lawyer, try the saddle shoes. Ends

Your shoes tell tales

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