I’d sell my sole for help
SHOE-WEARERS OF THE FAR NORTH NEED COMPENSATION. SHOES BOUGHT JUST MONTHS AGO ARE THE LATEST CASUALTIES AND MUST EITHER BE REHEELED OR SENT TO THE WHEELIE BIN, THUS STARTING A NEW PURCHASE CYCLE.
Dear Mr Scott Morrison. I know you have a lot of pressure on you in the lead-up to Tuesday’s Federal Budget but so do I. These are challenging times and we are all having to make ends meet. Electricity bills, grocery bills, childcare costs, mortgage, husband’s new golf clubs. It all adds up you know. While every state and electorate nips at your polished heels for a share of the taxpayer strawberry pie I’m thinking of my own soles. Mr Morrison, I need you to help with another big strain on my family’s hip pocket. My shoes just don’t last in the Far North. And I know I’m not alone. For the past three years since I moved back to Cairns I’ve outlaid hard-earned cash on work shoes only to have buckles break, outer linings disintegrate and worst of all, heels wear down to their steel spikes within mere months. At first I put it down to my deep, dark secret affliction — I’m a heavy walker.
You see Mr Morrison, I came out of the womb stomping.
Family homes with beautiful timber floors were no match for me and led to sleepless nights for the rest of the household whenever I got up during the night.
While I’m not a waif, my size doesn’t fit my heavy footfall.
I have given up playing hide and seek with my daughter; I could never find her because she heard me coming from a mile away. But now Mr Morrison, I’ve learnt it may not be my fault at all.
Cairns cobbler Alan McLeod has highlighted today what can threaten new shoe-lovers’ budgets.
Male or female, light or heavy walker, shoe-wearers of the Far North need compensation.
Shoes bought just months ago are the latest casualties and must either be reheeled or sent to the wheelie bin, thus starting a new purchase cycle.
Mr McLeod says our heels are no match for the tropical heat – melting away plastic soles before our eyes.
This is all without mentioning Cairns Regional Council’s long-term love affair with the humble paver in the CBD. (Clearly whoever designed some of the footpaths was either a thong-loving or flat shoe-wearing man and not a professional and/or fashionable woman.)
Then there are the cracks and uneven bits of concrete ...
I don’t wish to be too critical Mr Morrison – I love this city – but I’m desperate.
Melbourne has been pledged $5 billion for an airport rail link, Townsville is building a shiny new shrine for JT and $500 million will go towards saving the Reef – all very worthy projects.
However, I ask that you stop for a moment and ignore that we are true rubber-thong heartland and understand that we actually do own shoes other than Havaianas.
So I beg you Mr Treasurer, please consider a sizeable subsidy for the Far North to help keep our prized (and pretty) footwear in wonderful condition for longer than a few months. Yours sincerely, Jen “Stomper” Spilsbury.