If you don’t understand the importance of shoes to your overall coolness, check out the opening scenes of the film Down by Law in which Tom Waits’ character lovingly collects the shoes from the pile of possessions his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend has just thrown out the window. His shoes are more important than even his records.

If you want to make an impression with shoes, and show a sense of humor, then check out the Mystic Freeloader model of Bob Marley shoes ($160 from, where else, or the DoloHawk model of Dolomite shoes ($140 at

While the Marley shoes are actually licensed by the Marley family, the Dolomites are not affiliated with comedian/rapper/poet Rudy Ray Moore’s famed creation Dolemite. However, Dolemite is pimping Altoids mints these days.

Tom A’Hearn pays attention here every other week. E-mail

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