Boston is famous for its Autumn, the time of year when the warm weather turns crisp, the air smells like smoke and the leaves go from green to gold to red to brown. It is spectacular.
We also have two other seasons. Summer is hot, sticky and often miserable and winter is worse with the two feet of snow we get weekly and fights with our neighbors over how we shovel. But it is this time of year, the time between late March and mid-May that stirs the most controversy among my fellow Beantown dwellers.
Do we have a spring? Or is it, as I prefer, merely the “muddy tweener season?” And if it is the latter, what shoes should we wear to brave the muck, but also bridge the gap between our Bean boots and our Havianas?
These shoes may not seem perfect:
But they are. Here’s why: canvas shoes only soak in the mud, which is find if you want them to remain brownish and gunky–great for Converse or some other cheap sneaker, but leather holds up better in the muck. Additionally, the weight is evenly distributed, so you will not come home with a heel covered in mud and a the new fun task of whacking mud from the space between the heel and the rest of the shoe.
Just a warm cloth and these babies will be clean in no time. Best of all? You can wear them barefoot, anticipating the summer weather, which will arrive before you know it.
Add some socks and these shoes do Autumn, too.