Buster Browns and Mary Janes, Historic Icons of Back to School
Back when one pair of shoes needed to leave a bit of room to grow, had to last the entire year, and would often be passed down to a younger sibling, their purchase signaled the start of the school year. Many readers of this blog will remember them although their children and grandchildren likely will not. Today, shoes are purchased at random, to fit an outfit, or meet a special occasion need.
Our patterns of living change.
The story of Buster Brown Shoes, now rebranded as Calares, is a 2.6 billion dollar footwear company selling worldwide. We recognize some of the brand names as Naturalizer, Dr.Scholl’s Shoes, LifeStride, Diane von Furstenberg and Fergie Footwear to name a few. The story of how this company changed to meet a changing society can be read here.
How often do we examine cultural changes?
Public schools are a great place to see wide variations in cultural mores. Similarities and differences are on display. Acceptance, tolerance, or rejection are three positions we might internalize if we stop long enough to consider. Too often, we simply react without consideration. Our family or cultural biases prompt our behavior.
How can we close the gap in our divided America? One suggestion is to focus on our similarities.
Here are six iris. What is your initial reaction? Can you determine why you like one more than another? Compare and contrast, as a good friend often says.
Back to school, for me, is one of the two times a year that I take stock, review my “to do” list and rejigger as needed. How about you?