01 February 2010
The ubiquitous topsider
And that's the problem, many many sailors do wear them and not just to sail in. They wear them everywhere like the red badge of sailinginess. I was at a party a couple of years ago when a guy comes in late. I knew he was a sailor and asked if he was going out that weekend and we chatted sailing for a minute until somebody found this interesting and asked him if he was a sailor. He didn't say, "yes I love sailing", he said, "yes, can't you tell? I'm wearing a West Marine jacket and topsiders." Kind of upitty-like. Kind of in the way that makes people really hate sailors.
And I knew he hadn't sailed that day nor was he planning on sailing that night. He was wearing this gear to identify himself as a sailor so people would ask about his manly sailing exploits. It was at that moment that I began to hate topsiders; I just can't hold him against waterproof jackets, they just make sense. Full disclosure: I wore topsiders in high school as a fashion statement, but what the hell, I was in high school and didn't know any better.
I can't hold this guy against a brand of shoe forever but for the purpose of Tillerman's Writing Project du Jour, my hatred is real. For the moment.