Tuesday 8 June 2010: splattery
Whilst my trainers aren't particularly good at keeping my feet dry when cycling along wet roads and wetter and muddier cycle paths their porous construction does at least at like a sort of filter, collecting all the particles of leaf litter and puddle-residue on their outer surfaces so that my feet get wet but stay relatively clean. They still haven't had a chance to properly dry out this week so cannot yet be brushed cleanish, or at least cleaner. There's a programme on the new washing machine which purports to be specifically for washing shoes but I'd be nervous about somehow bringing about its end in a way which caused it to lock permanently shut mid-shoe-cycle so that any attempt to return it to the shop seeing as it's still within its guarantee period would be hampered by a: the machine being full of water and significantly heavier and b: having a pair of trainers clearly visible in the drum as there's probably a clause somewhere in the user instructions recommending that the shoe cycle only be used for light slippers and those lightly-rubberised-sole sock things. I once had to throw away a pair of near-the-end-anyway trainers after walking through some peaty mud in them - no amount of washing thereafter would stop them smelling like they'd been buried in a graveyard for a decade but at least the relatively fresh rainwater doesn't have that effect.