It is not often that one can claim that one has the army to go with one's shoes, but I have succeeded. I present Exhibit A, a pair of Dr Martens emblazoned with Renaissance Italian Condotierri. The art work is D'Antonio's Triumph of Camillus (original in the National Gallery)
These were acquired during our sojourn in the UK last month. I originally saw these during our four day stay in London on arrival, but balked at that time. However with encouragement from my wife and sister in law I went back during our London segment of the return journey from Bedford to Southampton and voila. They became my father's day present from my wife, and a damn fine one they are at that.
And for the record I have worn them in public twice so far. Once to supper at a Thai restaurant in Marylebone immediately after purchase and then again at the local theatre in Regina. Londoners of course paid no attention to them, but I did get catch some odd glances from fellow theatre goers - I figure that it's good for them to stretch their horizons a little.