Just a shoe brush?


These days we seem to live in a disposable world.
‘If its broken, just buy a new one’ is the new mantra.

And perhaps understandably so when fixing things, a year or two after buying them, is often more expensive than a replacement.

So for me, it’s great when you come across something that reminds you how things used to be made. Something that has lasted and doesn’t need fixing or replacing any time soon.

This was made in 1940. Made to last I’d say: 73 years old and still going strong. Look at how well used it’s been.

I often wonder who used it before me.
Was it their favourite too, or were they more interested in it just doing its job?
I feel as if something is missing when I use another one.

Why is one end is worn more than the other? Maybe it’s always been used one way around?
What sort of person uses something the same way every time?

There’s something comforting about routine. We always know where we are relative to a fixed point; whether passed or due. It’s automatic, unchallenging and comfortable. Sometimes I like comfortable.

That reminds me. Where did I put my slippers?


3 thoughts on “Just a shoe brush?

  1. Can’t remember the last time I used one of these. It’s a beautiful thing. Why does it last? Because it is a simple object with a simple purpose. Everything that is simple lasts. Simple friendships last forever. The less complex the relationship it doesn’t matter how often you speak or see each other, when you do nothing has changed it’s still as easy as it ever was. Routine is also good. I love the way it has worn down on one side. That is the reward for routine. Every time it’s used that way it gets easier because its moulded to the way you use it. Change the routine it becomes more challenging. Although routine may not be exciting it makes life easy.

    • The old things are still the best. I have 3 shoe polishing brushes that I have used since I was at school and am still using them. Maybe the reason that your brush has worn down on one side is because (in my case) one end was used to put on the polish and the other was the shining end. The latter being used being used with more vigour.

      • That’s a really good point about the polish: I didn’t think of that!
        It’s strange that we don’t always think of the alternative ways other people use familiar tools. Don’t recall who taught me, but the ‘right’ way was: polish on with cloth, buff with another cloth and then polish to a shine with the brush.

        Reminds me of a Nietzsche quote:
        “This is my way. What is your way? The way does not exist”

        Don’t think he was thinking of polish though.

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