As you may have guessed from my previous ramblings on Ben Franklin and his love of the wild turkey, I love all things patriotic about this fine country. Wikileaks. Transparency. Free speech. Large variances in climate and topography. Sharing a border with Canada. The list goes on and on, but one of my favorite things about the U.S. of A. is FASHION! Especially patriotic fashion.
Which brings me to my number 5 pick* for day 11 of our BLACK FRIDAY THRIFTING countdown: Patriot Shoes!
Now these little numbers harken back to my "classic pilgrim" shoes of early fall, but are even more patriotic because they are made of sturdy leather (having sacrificed their hides to the gods of footwear, cows are very patriotic) and have buckles (buckles and other metal work basically laid the foundation for this country, along with hemp production, which was squashed out by cotton production, even though it is known that hemp is more useful and easy to produce than cotton, as well as having excellent medicinal properties**).
I can't wait to wear these shoes to any number of patriotic events, such as beerfests and civil war reenactments, mostly so I can show just how patriotic I really am.
*Remember when I told you that numbers aren't our strong suit at Operation Sparkle? Well, starting at number 8 of my countdown, I have been miscounting. Seems that I jumped the gun in the excitement in posting on the Loon sweatshirt. Have no fear though, I really am on number five now.