Monday, June 23, 2008

Conversion of soles

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Just after the concrete park with the flower-bedecked horse the busy King George Street begins. One of the store windows had a sign in English which piqued my curiosity: MOSES SANDALS.

I ventured inside and answered the salesgirl's question of what I needed with "A photograph--a photo of Moses sandals--is all I need. OK?" Maybe I just imagined it, but her eyes seemed to roll.
Back at home with my photo, I Googled Gurkee's. Their warehouse is in central Illinois! How funny. The sandals are made of carpet fiber that is spun and heat welded together. The website says they are "an experience that will take you 'Beyond Barefoot,' it's a state of mind. Kind of like a vacation that never ends."
The really funny part turned out to be that the Americans wrote "Gurkee's Sandals are very unique 'Jesus sandals'."

That means, to sell in Jewish Jerusalem, the Jesus sandals had to undergo conversion to Moses sandals!

18 comments:

Dana said...

Oh my! How funny!

Dina said...

There seems to have been a problem with Blogger not accepting comments here for the last day. Sorry about that. Hope it gets fixed soon.

evlahos said...

very interesting. did you try a pair of that sandals?

Suzanne said...

Only in Jerusalem!

reader Wil said...

This picture is funny! I sent in a comment at your blog, because I like your blog. I also thank you for your comments!

Liz said...

Principles don't matter when there's money involved!! Very funny.

Tipper said...

I've heard the sandals called both Moses and Jesus sandals. The conversion part is funny.

Michelle said...

That is too funny Dina..But they don't look that comfortable. Did you try one on?

ga.farmgirl said...

That is funny! But, I am thinking, I like the way they look. I wonder if they are sold way down in Georgia? lol..
I also was wondering about the blogger not accepting comments. I had a time yesterday and this morning with blogger.
I enjoyed my visit and looking at your photos.
Have a great week!

Deslilas said...

Awful, you forget to mention the presence of the just married little French president and his bride. The new Paul and Virginie or Bonnie and Clyde.

the donG said...

hahaha... this made my day! Jesus sandals will definitely not sell in jerusalem. now that's how marketing works.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Reminds me that my feet hurt mostly from RA nodules. I hope to get some relief as the specialist put me on steroids and then in 12 days on chemotherapy.

Your photography is very nice and captured the detail in the sandals. Nice work.

Jerez said...

'Conversion of soles', Dina, you're so witty!
Getting my giggle now!
So, did you try them on, and are they comfortable, or do they feel like American carpets? lol
I always thought Birkenstocks might be akin to what Jesus wore...my choice in comfy sandals since about 1969!

Petrea said...

I think I could use a pair! Do I have to convert?

Nathalie said...

What a story! Marketing, marketing...
Makes me want to try the sandals, but I'm not sure whether I'd be walking in Jesus' or in Moses's shoes !?!

Thanks for your kind visits to Avignon. It's a pleasure to reciprocate, your blog is a great insight into a fascinating part of this world.

the teach said...

Gee, Dina, THAT is really funny! And their made in the States to be sold in Jerusalem! Ha!

Kay said...

This is such a cute posting. Jon and Art got a real chuckle out of it.

Garden Lily said...

I read that the sandals "float", but I guess they don't help you walk on water. Ha ha. Funny that the "Moses sandals" are made in the U.S.