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Week of December 10, 2003

Tuesday, December 16

Bob Fehringer thought he heard Paul Simon sing, "Me and bowling shoes down by the schoolyard"
Bob Fehringer
Bob Fehringer thought he heard Paul Simon sing, "Me and bowling shoes down by the schoolyard"

Bowling shoes are the great leveler. Everyone from the tattooed-up, greased-down rockabilly hipster to the Brooks Brothers-clad MBA looks positively boss in a pair of PBA-approved kicks. Is it the piebald color schemes? The waxy, caulk-like soles? The unique method of stamping the size on the back of the shoe? There is an indefinable magic in those stinky brogans, to be sure. Photojournalist Bob Fehringer has attempted to capture that magic by snapping pictures of the same pair of size-eights in various Metro East locations. A selection of his work, entitled Metro-East, Size 8, Red, White and Blue Bowling Shoe Tour, is currently on display at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame (111 Stadium Plaza, 314-231-6340). The museum is open today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is $4 to $6. Go, and ponder the wonder of these communal shoes, which shod us all with equal beauty and grace.

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