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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Pap and Hipster Shoes

My life in appalachia hipster shoes and pap


I snapped this photo of Chitter trying to get Pap to admire her hipster shoes she found at a thrift store in Asheville. One look at Pap’s boots will tell you he takes shoes seriously. He keeps them that shined up all the time.

The girl is crazy about the shoes and tries to show them off to anyone who will look at them. I told her I didn’t care much for them because they looked like Granny shoes. We’ve all enjoyed giving her a hard time about the shoes.

But even Chitter had to laugh when Granny told her “I love your shoes where did you get them? I seen a white pair just like them in my catalog that came in the mail today.”


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.

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  • Reply
    Paulette Tonielli
    August 19, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Tipper, your posts always make me smile!

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    José Luis
    September 1, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Hello Tipper:
    I am very happy to see your father and recovered, but you, please tell him not again climb a ladder without wearing his parachute, Lol !!. Strong Hug Pap, from Buenos Aires, Jose Luis.

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    José Luis
    August 31, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Chatter dear, should not laugh at your shoes. They are very nice and make you a very feminine and elegant foot, not as big shoes fashion with a sole 10 cm girls seem robocops and walk stiff-legged and without grace. (I do this one thing I know, I have daughters and granddaughters). And Pap, his boots shining like in the good old days of the USMC, or not, Pap ?. I also use my shoes so (I learned in my years in the Army) .A warm greetings to all the family and may God bless you, dear friends, from Buenos Aires, Jose Luis.

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    August 28, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Theyre aren’t hardly that tall yet but they are gaining on Pap everyday LOL!
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    Rev. RB
    August 27, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    I like the shoes. Course, I’m an old (68 years) lady too. LOL
    Poor Chitter. But there’s some smartness in a girl her age that’s more for comfort than (often painful) glamour. Yep!
    God bless.

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    Brenda Jump
    August 27, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I love your girls. They are so sweet and I love how they view the world. They make me smile.

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    August 27, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    All this talk about shoes reminded me of these lines from a song:
    “Dusty hats still hang upon their nails
    In tribute to the sweated brows
    And thousand plowed rows all paved over now
    Brogans sit behind forgotten doors.
    Seems they could almost walk the floors,
    Shoes that once left footprints that I walked on,
    But all the old men are gone”
    In case you missed it, here’s a link:

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    Gina S
    August 27, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Daddy felt the same as Pap about his shoes and clothing. And, I share Chitter’s love for shoes. If I have a nightmare it just might involve my shoes coming to life and creating havoc.

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    August 27, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I love everything about this post, and especially that Chitter laughed about the comment from her Granny 🙂
    And if Chitter’s style in shoes is “comfortable” – I’m with her! 🙂

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    Granny Norma
    August 27, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Chitter’s shoes look great and comfy too. As for “Old Lady” shoes, I wish I could send you a picture of what that term means to me. Imagine all black lace up oxfords with 1 1/2″ stack heels. These were worn with black cotton stockings by the last of the old schoolmarms when I was in grade school.

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    August 27, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I am still laughing at Granny’s comment about Chitter’s shoes! So glad Chitter saw the humor too.One of our girls has a pair just like them except a little darker color. Wish MY shoes looked like Pap’s!

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    Ed Ammons
    August 27, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    How tall are your twins now? From the looks of the picture Chitter ‘pears might nigh as tall as Pap but pictures distort facts sometimes?

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    August 27, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Those girls of yours would look
    good even without shoes, but I like Chitter’s choice. I bet Pap got that ‘shine’ from his time in the service.
    My oldest brother was in the Korean War and his shoes were always just a shinin’. Course he was always up by 4 am. I recon he wanted to see daylight a coming…Ken

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    Garland Davis
    August 27, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Looking at Pap’s shined shoes brings the thought, “You can take the boy out of the Marine Corps, but you cannot take the Marine Corps out of the boy.”

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    Ron Banks
    August 27, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Pap’s boots look like he put the spit shine on them! You can tell a lot about a man by looking at his shoes. Chitter’s shoes remind me of a style that were popular in the 70’s called Earth Shoes. I had a pair and they were cool and comfortable.
    Tell her to wear them with pride!

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    Chuck Howell
    August 27, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I enjoyed the shoe story. I was in the Marines and learned to “Spit Shine” my “Boondockers” made of suede or buckskin. We used a smooth stone to start, finished with a soft cloth. (T shirt) Not an easy task sitting on an upside down bucket on the “Street” in front of a Quonset Hut at Marine Corps Recruit San Diego California. Advise: If you are in the “Field” and dirty, low on water, wash your feet first, face last. Good shoes as well as healthy feet were as necessary as a well oiled M-1 Rifle. Of course Marines never “Ran” from anything. We sometimes “Advanced” to the rear, in a hurry.

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    August 27, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Hey, I like those hipster shoes, too! However, I didn’t know they were called ‘hipster’ shoes. I have a pair like that. I hope Chitter really enjoys them. They look practical and better for feet than some of the new ones out there!

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    Pamela Danner
    August 27, 2015 at 9:57 am

    This is so cute! Well, Chitter sure looks cute in those Granny shoes. Actually I was watching Good Morning America this morning and a singer had on some almost like them. I guess Chitter is “stylin'”as they call it.

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, PhD
    August 27, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Hey Tipper: Those granny shoes shor beats those ‘home made’ shoes! But when you got six girls and five boys in the family to ‘shoe’ you just have to be creative! You just have to pull out the ‘last’ and get busy to make a fresh batch of brogans from the ‘hide’ you been drying since last year!
    Eva Nell

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    Julia Hall
    August 27, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Great picture!! I like the shoes!

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    Ron Stephens
    August 27, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Your picture is a treasure in so many ways. It shows both connection and difference across three generations and two personalities, not to mention gender.
    Are the shined boots an effect of Pap’s time in the USMC ? I know that time changed my Dad for the rest of his life. I’m guessing your Dad is not partial to suede….
    I’ve long been mystified by why articles of clothing can be said to ‘be’ someone. It is a compound of fit, color, style, historic associations, self-image and other things as well. I’ve noticed over the years that when folks select a gift of clothing they do it based on their image of the recipient but, as we all know, if separated by time and distance the selection is often ‘off’ because the recipient has changed.

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    Henry Horton
    August 27, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Lol! Love this one. Gonna have to get off here and polish up my town shoes. Love that Chitter found them at a thrift store. Have discovered that the best fit and comfort in shoes can be found in the thrift stores here in Franklin! (And have yet to pay $3!) Enjoy steppin out in your shoes, Chitter.

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    Mike Tarnowsky
    August 27, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Nice picture, nice shoes, we like Chitters and Pap’s shoes.
    Good find at the store. They do not look like Granny shoes.

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    b. Ruth
    August 27, 2015 at 8:22 am

    I love Chitter’s shoes. They look comfortable to me! With my bad hip I have a hard time tying my shoes! However, I do believe I could fall in love with these shoes myself. Especially if the price was right! After all, I am just an old (hippie)…hipster! ha
    Bless your heart Chitter, we love the look and your great shoes! Only adding to the kidding a bit!
    Speaking of thrift stores! I visited one in your area Tuesday.
    The folks there were very nice…
    I am sorry that you missed a great buy I found! It was a box of brand new notecards for $1.50! They were marked on the back with the artist name and done on recycled paper.
    The drawing/painting print on the front was of a male and female “Joree” or Towhee birds in a Fall leaf setting. They were so pretty I had to have them…So many times the only birds you see illustrated on note cards are Cardinals.
    Maybe I’ll send you a note on one! ha Not many folks write notes to friends anymore do they?
    Thanks for this post and the photo of Chitter and Pap is great. I also love Chitter’s bag as well as her shoes…
    Thanks Tipper,

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    August 27, 2015 at 8:01 am

    I had shoes similar to those back in the sixties when I was a teenager! Many of today’s clothes remind me of those years. Please tell Chitter I love her shoes!

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    Sheryl Paul
    August 27, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Love the shoes, both pair.

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    Miss Cindy
    August 27, 2015 at 7:27 am

    I’m with you, Tip. I thought they looked like granny shoes the day she bought them. However, it’s not important what I think. What’s important that she likes them and they fit well.
    I have noticed over the years that Pap’s foot wear it always polished to a shine. Guess that’s a military thing.

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