Sunday, October 19, 2008

My Dad...Fashion Icon?

My Dad is a good sport. He has four children who see to it that he remains humble and has a healthy sense of humor. In other words, we tease him relentlessly.

One of the things that we have always given Diddy a hard time about are his fashion choices. I use the term fashion very loosely.

By the way, Diddy is the way he says that I pronounce his name...I have no idea what he's talking about. Maybe his hearing is dwindling in his old age.

Back to my story. I think my ability to stay on track is dwindling in my old age.

In the past, Diddy has gone through phases in his shoe choices. When we were young, he was often in boots. These days, he's most often in tennis shoes. The period of time in between found Diddy in a particular style of shoe and he would wear them, no matter the time of year.

Boat shoes. No, he does not live or work on a boat. He doesn't even own a boat. We teased him about his boat shoes but he was not phased. He swore that these were the shoes to beat all others. They went easily from season to season. Summer time rolls around and these shoes are perfect because you don't need a sock. Winter comes and Wah-La! Just add socks and you are all set. If you are feeling the need to be less casual in the summer time, you would just add a dress sock with your boat shoes and it was still perfectly acceptable to wear shorts.

I think you can see why we tease.

This morning, the youth group led the service at our church. As I sat and listened to the thirty or so teenagers on stage leading worship with their beautiful voices and instruments, I was startled.

Over half of the kids on stage were wearing boat shoes! Apparently they are finally considered a trend among the young and hip. (Take note, Diddy. I said young. And hip. Not old and about to break a hip. I kid, I kid. My Diddy is young and hip! When compared to those in the nursing home.)

There were people wearing them with jeans, with shorts and with skirts. Most of them were girls, which I'll be sure to point out to Diddy when I tell this story.

I'm sure he'll appreciate it.

I had no idea that boat shoes were the thing now. You can add these to my list of things I never expected to make a come back.


  1. heads up:) Boat shoes are always in down in Florida:)
    You better get a pair for our concert on the beach:) or flip flops always work
    love you and miss you so much

  2. Hmmmmm... never owned a pair. I'm going to watch for boat shoes around here. Perhaps I am totally un-hip because I don't own a pair and I didn't even know it!!

    I think I'm pretty good with that :)


  3. Ah... laughing OUT LOUD! Sometimes, you know, trendsetters are the least expected sources. Like Diddy! I will tell you, though, that boat shoes in New England are super-cool. And Diddy has it completely down as far as expertise... sock, no sock, dress sock! AND... the more tattered and worn the boat shoe, the better. I guess it indicates how often you actually use your boat... or yacht!

    I love this post. Audrey and Jane have always tormented me about certain fashion choices... but I just tell them that I'm a trendsetter and all will follow! We still laugh at one choice I made years ago... rolling up my jeans at the hem. Oh, hello! They were mortified. Well. Lo and behold if that WAS the fashion trend to come. I still hold that one over their heads!

    Thanks for the great laugh today. It is COLD here in Rhode Island and your post warmed my spirits!

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  5. At least your dad covers up his feet! My Pops has the world's ugliest pieds and I think he's proud of them with the way he flaunts them in flip-flops.

  6. I have seen them around and I have to admit that I almost bought a pair for my little guy, but chickened out because they do look a little goofy...I didn't want to be reminded of an old man everytime I looked at Carter! Haha!

    Happy POW!

  7. It never ceases to astound what comes into fashion, especially the stuff from way back (hey, not that way back) from youth. The youngin's think it's new and hip!