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Robert Wells or Mr Waters
Date: 6.29 pm, Monday 29th January, 2007
Subject: On boots of longetivity
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I've finally given up on my pair of waxy leather Dr. Martens which I've had since school. After a bit of a trawl, I found an exact replacement from a shop in Camden and snapped them up. This morning I put them on and I was in agony by the time I reached the tube station. There was a minute of "shit, I bought the wrong size" and then an hour of "they just need breaking in" and then I remembered when I bought the first pair, more than ten years ago. I remember a hot summer, walking the mile and a half to see a friend and showing off my new boots, dragging my feet like any other rebellious teenager, but only because my feet were in agony and I didn't want to admit it. I remember there being a little too much play in them and my toes being squashed to the front while the leather kinked above the heel, making it feel like someone was trying to drive a butter knife through my ankle. And then I bought padded insoles and wore thick socks til they became comfy. Neither the boots nor my feet have changed in ten years.
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steerpikelet
User: steerpikelet
Date: 6.42 pm, Monday 29th January, 2007 (UTC)
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Is that you in that picture?
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Robert Wells or Mr Waters: Qui-Gon Jinn
User: weaselspoon
Date: 6.50 pm, Monday 29th January, 2007 (UTC)
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It is. I think I'm 19 in that picture. Taken by the badger in a cafe just off the royal mile. I had long hair until June '02.
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pozorvlak
User: pozorvlak
Date: 7.02 pm, Monday 29th January, 2007 (UTC)
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Ah yes - you've only known him with short hair. His long hair was perfect for Leonard of Quirm.

My DMs are about two years old, and already have huge holes in that let water through. They're very comfortable, though (and I, too, remember a few weeks at the beginning when they rubbed all the skin off the back of my ankles).
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steerpikelet
User: steerpikelet
Date: 7.22 pm, Monday 29th January, 2007 (UTC)
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Okay, who *are* you? Are you Lily I keep hearing about? :)
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Ishkhara: Whip
User: ishkhara
Date: 7.30 pm, Monday 29th January, 2007 (UTC)
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Ah, the joys of breaking in a new pair of DMs! I bought a new pair three years ago and am still going through the agonies of getting them Just How I Like Them. I can only wear them for a few days at a time before my ankles start to bleed, thus I tend to wear them in short bursts followed by a long recovery period.

Lately I bought a pair of knee-high, lace-up, Spanish leather boots. And they're even worse than the DMs. :(

Perseverance is the key! Never surrender! *lol*
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xenarachne
User: xenarachne
Date: 8.22 pm, Monday 29th January, 2007 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You ain't wore your boots enough until after you have a thick scab on your heel...I think DM's have a strategically stitched piece of leather crafted to inflict that particular injury...
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pozorvlak
User: pozorvlak
Date: 10.35 am, Tuesday 30th January, 2007 (UTC)
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The other trick, so I'm told, is to wear them in a hot shower, as this helps to break the leather in. But this is hearsay...
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Robert Wells or Mr Waters: Conscienter Affirmo
User: weaselspoon
Date: 6.59 pm, Wednesday 31st January, 2007 (UTC)
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Which should make them fit your feet well, but will make the leather more rigid on drying, if my limited experience of working with leather is anything to go by.
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Robert Wells or Mr Waters: Smug Moustache
User: weaselspoon
Date: 7.00 pm, Wednesday 31st January, 2007 (UTC)
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I just found a good brand of blister plaster.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 11.39 pm, Wednesday 31st January, 2007 (UTC)
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Mmmmm blister plaster. I don't get it folks, why go through so much agony? What's so special about DMs to justify such suffering? Or maybe that's all part of the fun. Mind you I've only ever had two pairs, 10-hole blacks and 12-hole cherry reds. I don't recall any lengthy breaking-in periods, only that the latter quietly rotted away after i waded through a river in them, while the former lasted a fair while but eventually lost out to the infinitely more comfortable Sketchers two stripe...

Incidentally I think he looks much better with short hair. Which is not to say he wasn't previously gorgeous, but...oh you know what ah mean :-)
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 1.21 pm, Monday 19th February, 2007 (UTC)
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I knew him BEFORE he grew his hair. Do I win a prize?

Badger
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Robert Wells or Mr Waters: Eye
User: weaselspoon
Date: 9.05 pm, Monday 19th February, 2007 (UTC)
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Keyword:Eye
Would some kind of small furry bunny be appropriate?
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