Twins – A Tale of Gender Bending Boot Buying

A man extended his hand to me. “I’m Sean Owens,” he declared.

It felt a bit like meeting some mythic action hero dressed as his alter ego. While others might have been fooled by his subdued neo-Ralph Cramden togs, I knew who he was. I had heard the legends of his solo “swish-and-swashbuckling” adventures on San Francisco stages.

Audience members from the Exit Theater say his wit is more acerbic than apple cider vinegar. He’s capable of portraying 8 1/2 Women in a one Man Show. He has legs that are longer than my most rambling blog entries…speaking of which, why didn’t anyone tell me about his shoes?

Now most women would be more interested in his footwear finesse when he is sporting a dress, I guess, but not me.

I salivated over his dandy manly boots. They were made of a mismatched patchwork in corduroy, suede, and leather. My wide tootsies would be so happy in a slightly smaller sized version of those sassy shoes.

“They are by Camper,” he confessed when I asked.

Somehow I wasn’t surprised. Lately, Campers had been catching my eye on the crowded streets of European capitals.

I was stunned, however, to discover that Camper launched their line of Twins shoes in 1989. These footwear confections are designed to be unexpectedly asymmetrical yet complimentary.

Why did it take me almost 20 years to discover them? My socks haven’t matched since high school, a trait I apparently inherited from my father.

When my parents met on a blind date, Mom regally resembled Jackie O in her sleek, fur trimmed, wool cape and dress. Dad arrived wearing cut-off camouflaged shorts, a mis-buttoned shirt, and two different socks and types of shoes. They just celebrated their 43nd anniversary last week and those two Gemini’s are still fabulous foils for each other.

Oh, the irony of this tale of gender bending boot buying! Camper doesn’t seem to be making men’s Twins boots anymore. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the fall season however. Until then, you can snag several styles of Camper Twins sandals on Zappos.


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