I reached for gray, but withdrew
wanted laces, but just a few
the orange pair was fine,
but matched no style of mine,
black leather, khaki plaid, muted blue
too many options for a god-damn shoe
massaging insoles, ventilated sides,
advanced synthetic or traditional cow hides?
blinking lights, open-ended or enclosed,
who on earth, all these variations, proposed?
I can’t wear blue, I’m feeling sad…
risqué red, on a man, just looks bad…
black is far too common, white much too plain,
green is ugly; pink, maroon, purple – I disdain.
Velcro screams senior citizen; curly laces lame
buttons on a shoe – now that’s a crying shame
I want convenience, simplicity, yet outstanding style
trying on pair 14 of 975 – I’ll be here quite a while
ah, to hell with this whole shoe game…
I’m going home barefoot – just the way I came.