I once scanned a piece of bread and posted it to this blog (can’t find that post right now), so this isn’t the most trivial post I’ve ever written. It surely ranks in the top five, though.
In a couple of months, I’m going to Malta. Malta is hot. I need shoes appropriate for the climate. Here are a few things I know or suspect about Malta:
- The Maltese don’t wear jeans.
- The Maltese rarely wear shorts-they’re for the gym, the beach or the swimming pool.
Keeping these factors in mind, I’m likely to be wearing a lot of light trousers. Possibly even, if there’s no one about, some man capris.
Some facts about my shoe-wearing habits:
- I’ve never gone in for sandals.
- I think sneakers are for the gym and jogging.
Yet, I need some comfortable, breathable shoes that don’t offend the locals. Do you see my quandary?
Normally I’d just wait until I got to Malta and buy shoes there. There are two reasons to buy before I leave:
- More variety–the island we’re living on only has 30,000 people.
- The Maltese are the smallest people in Europe (the average man is 5’7″), and I have size 11 (44-45 in European shoe sizes) feet. My options may be further reduced.
What’s a slightly-fashion conscious man to do?
UPDATE: Tim writes to send this recommendation, which looks like it might be a satisfactory compromise between comfort, fashion and breathability. What do you think?