Thanks to the various forms of media that penetrated the valley walls where I grew up, I always knew what this was but I couldn’t ever find the words to describe it. I was trying to describe it to the FDIL* the other day and failed to convey the full meaning. Now I can do it with three little words: Boston Cracked Shoe.
“The first time this stubborn Yankee frugality came to the attention of the public was during the 1952 presidential campaign. LIFE Magazine ran a picture of Adlai Stevenson with his feet propped on a chair, and there was a large hole in one of Stevenson’s shoes. The press was dumfounded at what they considered to be a huge faux pas.
… if you’re going to try this at home, bear in mind that down-at-heel shoes are patrician on Old Money types, but merely bohemian on the middle class.”
Or merely gauche.