Buster Browns and Mary Janes, Historic Icons of Back to School

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Buster Browns and Mary Janes, Historic Icons of Back to School, Ann Grasso Pattern ARt

 

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.

 

Buster Browns and Mary Janes, Ann Grasso Pattern ARt
Buster Browns and Mary Janes
Buster Browns and Mary Janes
Buster Browns and Mary Janes
Buster Browns and Mary Janes
Buster Browns and Mary Janes

 

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?

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  • patsy
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    Shoes bring back an interesting memory! In grade school, two pairs of shoes were always purchased. Due to chronic ingrown toe nail issues, the big-toe area was cut out of one pair. Whenever there was a flareup, I was still able to attend school in moderate comfort.
    As to the irises, the multicolors seem to be more interesting. The plain white and plain yellow, seem to be unfairly bland. I say ‘unfairly’ because they did not ask to bloom this way, they are lucky to be blooming at all. They are doing the ‘best blooming job’ they can. I admire them for that 🙂

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      Ann Grasso
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      Compassion for all, even those who not doing the “best blooming job” they can, smile.

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      Ann Grasso
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      Triggering memories brings me smiles!

  • Ann-Marie Gillett
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    What a wonderful memory you triggered. That thrill of getting the one pair of dressy shoes and the one pair of rubber tipped Keds that I thought would make me run like the wind. Now I look at the huge pile of shoes my grandkids have and think the way one treasures infrequent treats might never be felt by them. On the other hand, I won’t throw stones as I now own a lot more than two pairs of shoes too! I’ve never met a flower that doesn’t please me in some way–just in degrees. I like the ones with greater contrast usually, but the other day you posted a photo of a black flower that stopped me cold! So no dogma for my flower love.

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