1. Get lost in a boot factory and just try to not buy a pair when you’re finished.Photo by the author.
At a large factory like Lucchese, 275 people will touch your boots before they get to you, intricately hammering, pressing, sewing, and perfecting the materials held in their hands. I can barely paint my own fingernails without messing up. If you’re anything like me, you’ll wander the maze just trying not to get lost and, what’s more, trying to keep your jaw from gaping open at the immense talent these people have that you’ll never even be able to shake a stick at. You’ll walk away feeling a little less removed from how the real world works.