Loose Shoes, a Poem

Updated on February 4, 2019
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

Loose Shoes
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Loose Shoes

Tie those laces up with care,

You can’t replace one of a pair.

Slip-ons and velcro aren’t the same,

Zippers stick and that’s a pain.


Shoes protect our feet from wear,

Help us get from here to there.

Buffed and polished leather’s good,

Give me a star on Hollywood.

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Branded sneakers cost a lot,

Nike, Adidas, and Reebok.

So, keep those laces knotted twice,

One shod foot’s not worth the price.


Some like the old and worn-in look,

There isn’t a shoe etiquette book.

So, wear whatever floats your boat,

Ignore the ones who sit and gloat.

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Flip flops, sandals, stilettos,

Some a challenge for your toes.

Whatver you wear on your feet

Make sure they fit snug and neat.


Our shoes define us in a way,

Our whole demeanor’s on display.

We’ll be judged on what we choose

So, please be careful of loose shoes.

A Wonderful Message From Mr T About Shoes

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    © 2019 John Hansen

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      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey, thanks for reading this CP. I know all about the other half's shoe collection haha. I can't talk though, at the moment, I have far too many as well. Cheers.

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        CP Gaines 

        3 months ago from Out West

        It's so funny how we invest so much value in shoes. Your poem has brought understanding to my other halves shoe collection.

        When i ask, "Why so many?" She responds, "They all say something different."

        Good poem, John!

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        5 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Tim where would we be without our shoes lol. Yes, they are certainly needed in the railways.

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        Tim Truzy 

        5 months ago from U.S.A.

        Hi, John,

        Loved it. We love our shoes, no doubt. Working on the railways certainly gave you time to discover what shoes were really worth it.

        Much respect,

        Tim

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        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        I like shoes too Flourish, though, Strappy high heels don’t really suit me. Thank you for reading.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        6 months ago from USA

        I love shoes. There's nothing like a beautiful, good-fitting pair of strappy high heels.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Rockney, I am glad you enjoyed this poem and that it has inspired your creativity. I’d love to read your poetic take on leather jackets or whatever you choose to do. Funny how inanimate objects make good subjects for writers.

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        Rockney Briskey 

        6 months ago from Yakima

        Hey I like this John, I once wrote a thing on a leather jacket and people told me they wanted to hear more. Your poem inspires me to try to write my first poem on leather jackets and or continue a blog like story.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you goego. Yes, me too, but I admire Forest Gump.

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        goego 

        6 months ago from Loserland

        Shoes view..https://youtu.be/egkrxkiUnoo

        Nice write too- must say, I pity a fool:)

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hello, tabouche. Hopefully a future without shoes is something we don’t have to worry about. Take care.

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        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for reading this Nithya. It is amazing what our shoes say about us.

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        tabouche amin 

        6 months ago from alger

        About myself . I love shoes ... and I am afraid of a future without shoes

        Of fashion continues

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        Nithya Venkat 

        6 months ago from Dubai

        A valuable message conveyed in your poem about shoes, great write.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey Paula, I'm glad you enjoyed this poem. I would have been surprised if you said you had never been a shoe hoarder. It embarrasses me to admit I have as many pairs of shoes as I do, but some are dress shoes, some work boots etc and I do wear them all until they wear out. Thanks for reading. peace always.

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        Paula 

        6 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Jodah....This is so clever. I love it. I ( like so many women) was a shoe hoarder in my younger days. At one time, I swear my closet looked like a shoe store....some I never wore even once!

        I can tell you now that I'm much more sensible about my shoes. Or....should I say, I now listen to my FEET!? Good one, Jodah. Peace, Paula

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey Pamela. Thank you for that encouraging comment. Most people like shoes, or at least need them, right? I hoped they could relate in some way. You have a great weekend too.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        6 months ago from Sunny Florida

        I relly like your poetry about shoes. It was very clever, and it really spoke to the shoe fads in our current culture.

        Have a wondful weekend.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Brother Sean. Allegories are my business haha. I always appreciate your comments, and yes keep those laces tied with love.

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        Ioannis Arvanitis 

        6 months ago from Greece, Almyros

        An excellent allegory for the circumstances we live in and how we have to use them to step forward! Thank you for this lovely poem, my brother!

        Love ties our laces up with care!

        Sean

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        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Marlene, as long as you wear them and get joy out of it that’s fine.thank you for reading my poem.

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        Marlene Bertrand 

        6 months ago from USA

        This is a fun poem to read. I am embarrassed to mention how many pair of shoes I own. It's a ridiculous number and even if they get old and worn I still wear them with joy.

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        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        I agree Alyssa, I like to wear nice shoes if I am going out, but my shabby old comfortable favourites at home or in the garden. Thanks for reading.

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        Alyssa 

        6 months ago from Ohio

        Another great poem! I love a beautiful shoe, but nothing can replace my favorite worn-in red moccasins. I've had them for about ten years and for eight, I was able to wear them out and about. Now that they have some holes in them, I use them for garden and outside shoes. An old pair of shoes is like a best friend or a warm hug.

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        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Rasma. Glad you enjoyed the subject of shoes and the poem. Thanks for reading.

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        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Haha Liz, don’t take those shoes for granted. Thanks for your kind comment.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        6 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

        Loved this. A most creative and delightful poem. About shoes fantastic.

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        Liz Westwood 

        6 months ago from UK

        I shall be taking more notice of shoes from now on, having read this witty and thought-provoking poem

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Glad you had fun reading this PoetikalyAnointed. Shoes certainly reflect our personality.

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        PoetikalyAnointed 

        6 months ago from US

        This was a fun read that made me giggle a few times. Shoes have their own personality.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Maybe you need a pair of “Air Jordan’s” then Clive. Thanks for the poetic comment.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        MsDora, I am sure going without shoes for a time would make you appreciate them more, especially during winter. I have thought about making a few of my poems into a children’s book. I hadn’t specifically considered this one though. Thanks for the idea.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Diana..comfort is more important than style or looks for me too.

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        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Well, Dana, being a man I find it hard to understand why most women need so many shoes and handbags...but hey, we all collect something. Thanks for reading.

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        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Chitrangada, so glad you enjoyed this poem. Yes, shoes do often create a first impression so they are more important than many realise.

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        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Wow, Shauna, 40 or 50 pairs? We have a wheelchair tennis champion in Australia Dylan Alcott who collects shoes and even has his own tennis shoe sponsor. Glad you enjoyed.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Gabe, glad to see you are a budding poet. All is good down under. Keep on boot scootin.

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        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, MsDora. You have to look after your shoe laces. They are very important.

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        Eric Dierker 

        6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Thank you John,my fancy boots help me scoots.

        ps.How is it down under? Gabe

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        Dora Weithers 

        6 months ago from The Caribbean

        I just washed a pair of shoe laces today. They play an important role in keeping the shoe tight. Thanks for sharing yur insights.

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        Clive Williams 

        6 months ago from Jamaica

        quite unique

        Nice and sweet

        I like to feel air on my feet

        So my boots remain out of reach.

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        Doris James MizBejabbers 

        6 months ago from Beautiful South

        I loved it, it's so cute. I buy good shoes and try to take care of them because one time in my life, I had to go without shoes for a couple of months in the wintertime and wear rubber thongs. It wasn't because we were broke; it was because I couldn't find any in my little size 4. Thank goodness my foot has grown a couple of sizes during my adulthood.

        I think you could take this poem and make a children's book out of it. Have you thought about it?

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        Diana L Pierce 

        6 months ago from Potter County, Pa.

        Good poem. You can’t beat a comfortable pair of shoes.

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        Dana Tate 

        6 months ago from LOS ANGELES

        I never understood what it was about shoes and handbags (if you're a woman) that seems to validate the person. I admit, I love a good pair of high-heels.

        Cute poem.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        6 months ago from New Delhi, India

        Excellent, creative and thoughtful poem!

        The shoes are definitely an important part of our personality, to create the first, good impression. The colour, the brand, the occasion, everything matters. So, choose wisely.

        Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem. Really enjoyed going through.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        6 months ago from Central Florida

        What a fun poem, John. I'm actually a shoe freak (I must have at least 40-50 pairs of shoes and boots). Pretty ironic for someone who prefers being barefooted!

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        I am glad this poem gave you a laugh Devika. Thanks for reading.

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        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Mr Happy, Shoes certainly have stories to tell. I like that quote by Mr T very much. I almost included a funny song called “You Need Feet” by Bernard Breswell (one of the Carry On team).. check it out on You Tube.

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        Devika Primić 

        6 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        I laughed about this to myself. A poem about shoes and it is what shows ur best appearance.

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        Mr. Happy 

        6 months ago from Toronto, Canada

        "These shoes were handed down from my father ... so, they keep me humble." - Mr. T. That is a very interesting quote.

        There's a little secret about me: I always look at people's shoes when I first meet them, or profile them. Shoes tell me where people have been, or where they are going. Shoes have stories to tell.

        I for one am happy that I have feet to put shoes on. Many people do not have that opportunity. I am thankful and thankful for your poem as well.

        All the very best!

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        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        haha 1979......not too old if they still do their job. I hope Gabe enjoys this one too Eric. Cheers.

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        Eric Dierker 

        6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        So my son commented on my brown Rockport shoes. It occurred to me just how many places and miles. Resoled.

        Hmm. 1979 -- that is not to old for a shoe I hope.

        You know we are reading this one tonight. See you later alligator.

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        John Hansen 

        6 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Li-Jen.for reading and leaving an insightful comment. I had a bit of fun writing this one.

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        Li-Jen Hew 

        6 months ago

        Hey Jodah, loose shoes, cute title! :) I like that your poem focuses on shoes. It's a nice thing to take time to think about how our shoes do us good. It was clever when you said "keep those laces knotted twice" because they cost a lot. Your last stanza is relatable too. It's about impression. Thanks for sharing.

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