Shopping for clothes is right up there with prostate examinations on most bloke’s personal hate list.
Reading that back, perhaps should have used a term other than ‘right up there’ and ‘prostate examination’ in the same sentence, but I think the damage has now been done.
Anyway, popped into Farmers yesterday arvo. Need some new grunds. It’s been a while.
Well. The grund section looked something like the flags of all nations at the Olympics, although worse: the Olympics if all the competitors were from the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Can’t help but wonder what the hell happened to blokes grunds. This one sort of sneaked up on us.
I know that in New Zealand we often don’t get such a good deal with clothing, especially now so much is imported. I learned just how bad we are served a few years ago, when I went and got some shoes made tailored for my feet.
I learned a few things. One was that, as I had always suspected, I’ve got feet that are different sizes. Apparently most people have this, but the discrepancy on my feet is bigger than usual – a size and a half difference.
The other thing I learned is that overseas, in the US anyway, you can get shoes for wide feet and narrow feet, but NZ doesn’t have that: we’re just too small a market.
So some years back the shoe people just made a decision, all NZ shoes would be for wide feet. Which means that if, like me, you’ve got narrow feet, you are never going to get shoes that are very comfortable.
I suspect something similar has happened with men’s grunds. My theory is that overseas you can get them for blokes who ‘dress’ to the right or the left, but in NZ we’ve just been lumbered with grunds designed for guys who only ‘dress’ to one side. And it’s not my side.
This would explain why I’ve never had a comfortable pair.