The Curious Case of missing Hush Puppies
I love shoes. Although I am not even a remote reflection of Imelda Marcos, I love the few pairs of shoes that I have at any given point of time. It takes me quite a while to like a pair of shoes but when I do, I would buy them even if I dont need it at the time. I also take good care of my shoes. Polishing my leather shoes is my speciality and I elevate the act to an art form and I think I can polish better than any professional shoe shine. I also keep a good tab at shoe shine guys. If you happen to be in or around Connaught Place in New Delhi and if your shoes need some wax care, do drop in at this shoe shine guy near the radial Bata store. He is the best!
Lately, the Hush Puppies brand looks like good value for money. These are comfortable and reliable shoes. In India, these are marketed by Bata. Relatively, these are expensive shoes. Recently, Bata got this Hush Puppies Waterproof that, at Rs 4200/- is the most expensive leather shoes at Bata. I got a pair in early 2007. It was a brown lace-less pair. It was nice and comfortable and I wanted another pair in black color. However, the high cost of these shoes meant this brand wasnt available in all the Bata stores in Delhi. Added to that, the fact that I wear a size 6, which is not a very popular size, took me some effort to locate a newly opened store in Pitam Pura which still had a black, Hush Puppies waterproof, lace-less, size 6 shoe. I rushed to the store like a crazy person and bought it before anyone could even blink!
I was happy. I dont think I wore any other shoe, other than these 2 pairs, till about the middle of 2008, when a tragedy struck. My dear friend and school mate, Sanjay Sagar's father passed away. As is expected from close friends and family, I went to the 13th day ceremony which was being held in temple near his home. Now, you are supposed to take off your footwear outside the temple, and on such occasions, the organizers usually appoint someone to take care of the footwear lest it is stolen. However, after the ceremony, I was aghast that not only me, but several other folks had lost their shoes/sandals. I lost the brown Hush Puppies waterproof pair :(
The another tragedy struck in September 2008, when my dear friend Lalit K. Chaudhary was killed. And again I lost the black Hush Puppies Waterproof during the 13th day ceremony. Enough! I was already sad at the loss of my friend and this was too much.
Anyway, nothing could be done and I started looking to replace the lost pair. I found this brown pair in early 2009.
To replace the black pair I had lost, I started looking for one in middle of 2009. However, surprisingly, not a single Bata store anywhere in Delhi had a size 6, black, lace-less, Hush Puppies Waterproof! To add insult, even the stores in nearby Gurgaon had this in stock. Their lame excuse was that this particular style has been withdrawn. How could Bata do this?? Back to the flagship store in Connaught Place and the manager there was more helpful. He personally called each one of the stores in Delhi and asked for this size and style and the response was still, 'No we dont have it'. Finally I had to compromise and buy a Hush Puppies, size 6, black with laces. I decided that I would tie the laces loose enough and treat them like lace-less shoes.
Things went well, till my recent bursh with hospitalization and sure enough, the black Hush Puppies were stolen by the hospital staff!
Whats with these shoes and me? Prior to 2008, I had never lost a pair of shoe. Ever. And within 2 years, I have lost 3 pairs!! I am now through with the Hush Puppies Waterproof brand and I vow never to buy these shoes since we dont seem to get along well at all.
Bye bye Hush Puppies Waterproof. I wont waste my money on ya any more.