On my recent trip to Tallinn, I had to track down Estonia’s answer to Converse All Stars. And tracking I did…
After trawling both souvenir shops as well as shoe stores, I was finally told that the best place to buy these special shoes made by Gong was at the post office (?!) in the center of town. Trekking through the snow, I made my way there, took a number & waited.
The post lady then showed me all the models, which reflect the national costume of different regions of Estonia. She asked for my size & which region I’d like. I chose Pärnu.
There I was, discussing size & fit with a postal worker!
I tried them on, asked for a few post card stamps, paid for everything & I was on my way!
Tänan teid Eesti (Props to Estonia!) for the cool tribute to your style culture & mine!
The proud owner wears her new shoes!
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays (this girl) from the swift completion of (her) appointed rounds (to find these shoes!)”
The King in His Famous Shades - Photo via ElvisPresleyNews.com
Authentic Elvis sunglasses are distinguished by their wide gold aviator-style frames, their “EP” or “TCB” (for his motto “Taking Care of Business”) decorations, and lenses which are tinted dark to light from top to bottom.
The King, who is one of the best-known rock stars to wear sunglasses, even when the sun was not shining, sported the famous shades almost every day and was even known to commission twenty new pairs at a time.
Prime Minister Koizumi Wearing Elvis' Sunglasses in the Jungle Room - Photo via AP
During a 2006 official visit to the United States, Japan’s Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi toured Graceland, where he tried on a pair of The King’s famous sunglasses. He wore them during his entire visit, even while doing an Elvis impersonation in the Jungle Room.
Taking Care of Business - Photo via Elvis-Postcards.com
The most expensive pair of sunglasses ever sold on eBay in the U.S. belonged to Elvis. Known as his “Madison Square Garden Sunglasses,” the King’s shades fetched $250,000.
Elvis Foolin' Around With His Sunglasses - Photo via ElvisPresleyNews.com
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