Monday, October 13, 2008


Those of your paying attention to your surroundings will notice some random wooden huts in my fellow Hebraic brothers' backyards. This, my friend, is called the Sukkah and it's built in observance of the eight day holiday known as Sukkot. School yourself some more at Wikipedia if you're so inclined.

In addition to eating meals in the Sukkah, the Jews carry a yellow fruit and a leafy bunch around with them to synagogue. The tree-like item is called the Lulav and together with that lemon-looking fruit, called Etrog, they represent and symbolize man's body.

The longer, thinner leaves, or the Eruvim, represent man's ability to speak, or the lips. The more oval and lighter green leaves called the Hadassim represents man's ability to see, or, the eyes. The long bamboo piece in the middle symbolizes the spine. [Stick with me here--almost to the kicks]. And finally, the Etrog is the heart--see how the shape is similar? By holding all of these things together during certain sections of prayer we're keenly aware of all of our essential functions.

Now let's get to the reason for this long megillah-- the Sukkot, Suckas shoes. I made the color palette exclusively in greens, yellow, and browns except for the black laces which has a good reason (to be explained.) First off, the back section is a textured leafy pattern and I also made it a lighter green to match the Hadassim. The front section of the shoe is a darker green for the Eruvim and also smoother than the back to differentiate the two different leaves. Dig?
The swoosh has a bumpy yellow leather to match the texture of the fruit and the midsole has a brown, bamboo-like pattern to match the crossweave of the Lulav holder. Tight, right? But here's where the plot thickens. See those leaves coming out of the midsole? I'm pretty confident in saying that I have never seen a shoe with a decoration coming out from the midsole--I put some fake astroturf to symbolize the leaves all around the circumference shoe. This makes this pair tres' unique, non?

Finally, about those black laces you all have been wondering about. See, it's tradition that the top of the Etrog stays on the whole eight days for it to qualify as "kosher." Not "kosher" as in eating, but "kosher as it can be used for prayer purposes. Those stark black laces represent that piece, or the Pitum, which, of course, is the final touch that makes these Suckas kicks absolutely kosher.

See the pitum at the top? You do? Good!

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