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Redpaths – My part in their downfall

By johnboy - 26 August 2008 53

In some small, possibly sad, way buying my boots at Redpaths in Civic has been a part of my own self-identity for more years than I care to remember. 15 years maybe.

A series of ten-hole Doc Martens was followed by a love of black RedBacks. All lovingly fitted and often worn out of the poky little store on Garema Place. Even before I had the money to buy my own boots I can remember pressing my nose against the glass of the store and marveling at the booty goodness while waiting for my bus home.

And then a couple of weeks ago the glue holding the sole on my old RedBacks went for the last time, I realised the worn, dog-toothed leather was drinking polish, and it was time for a new pair of boots.

The homing instinct kicked in just right. I drove towards Civic unthinkingly. But then I had to park and the Canberra Centre parking was so very convenient.

And then, making my way on the top level towards Garema Place I walked by the Rivers store, and a pair of their boots caught my eye, and I bought them instead.

On the one hand it’s just a store. It’s not like I’m the only consumer in the world. Redpaths boots are hardly locally made.

On the other hand I feel like I’ve betrayed a good friend.

But I also think the Garema Place traders have been very badly done down by the changes wrought on the city in the latest re-configuration. My superb new boots and I are part of the problem.

I don’t like that very much.

What’s Your opinion?


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53 Responses to
Redpaths – My part in their downfall
realityskin 5:03 pm 26 Aug 08

welcome to the johnboy blog…

fnaah 5:02 pm 26 Aug 08

… nevermind, Wikipedia’s entry for the Viz comic sorted me out.

That’s not where the nickname came from, if that’s what you’re asking. 😛

fnaah 4:56 pm 26 Aug 08

So I guess you’re a fan of Harvey Norman and Domayne ads then, Fnaah?

Not really, but they’re not as offensively infuriating as the Rivers ones.

And do you also happen to enjoy watching Channel 9 per chance?

… not usually. I’m one of those weirdos who likes Ten.

And just as a matter of interest, you don’t happen to be a fan of double entendres and know a bloke called Finbarr Hawtrey Saunders, do you? 😉

I don’t mind the odd double entendre, but you lost me there, buddy. 🙂

jakez 4:25 pm 26 Aug 08

fnaah said :

I refuse to enter Rivers stores based on the horrifyingly annoying and bargain-bin quality ads they insist on littering the television with.

YES!

Rivers is the devil.

shanefos 4:19 pm 26 Aug 08

fnaah said :

I refuse to enter Rivers stores based on the horrifyingly annoying and bargain-bin quality ads they insist on littering the television with. HIRE A MARKETING MANAGER…

So I guess you’re a fan of Harvey Norman and Domayne ads then, Fnaah? And do you also happen to enjoy watching Channel 9 per chance?

And just as a matter of interest, you don’t happen to be a fan of double entendres and know a bloke called Finbarr Hawtrey Saunders, do you? 😉

peterh 4:09 pm 26 Aug 08

at the tuggeralong hyperdome, the rivers staff chat idly to themselves whilst you look at shoes. EXCUSE ME!

if I am looking at shoes, engage with me. ask me whether I need a hand.

If I am paying $129 for a pair of dress shoes, I want to be assisted.

otherwise, Myer will keep getting my business.

Granny 4:09 pm 26 Aug 08

Garema Place has always been the heartbeat of Canberra ever since I was a very hot foxy young high school ‘chick’.

*hehe*

Garema has soul. Garema forever.

jakez 3:59 pm 26 Aug 08

Fiona said :

I’ve been having trouble venturing out into Garema to visit redpath or landspeed. *sigh* with so many other shops indoors, and jb hifi no longer out there, there’s little motivation.

oh and no starbucks to browse the bookcrossing shelf at either

I like to go to the Impact Comics and Landspeed is always a must. Clouston and Hall is an interesting bookstore. They sell academic remainders (the Fyshwick warehouse is much better though).

I think it still has some attractive stores however I guess the cater to niche tastes.

fnaah 3:57 pm 26 Aug 08

I refuse to enter Rivers stores based on the horrifyingly annoying and bargain-bin quality ads they insist on littering the television with. HIRE A MARKETING MANAGER.

And why do they keep buying ads for their “concept store only” sales (Cooma!) in the Canberra tv market?

Pfft, I say to them. Pfft!

On the other hand, the last two pairs of Docs that I bought (at redpath, many moons ago) both wore out after a year. They’re not the same quality as they used to be.

Granny 3:48 pm 26 Aug 08

Damn fine boots!

: )

mutley...again 3:42 pm 26 Aug 08

You’ve done the right thing. I used to work at Rivers and while they were complete @rseholes to work for, their shoes are realy comfortable, generally long lasting (occasional bad batches of sole material), and many are made in Sebastopol Victoria.

p1 3:42 pm 26 Aug 08

In the last year I don’t think that I have gone closer to Garema Place then PJ’s, but I must have been to the new Canberra centre like 2 or 3 times. So they are definatly loosing out.

jakez 3:37 pm 26 Aug 08

By your own moral code, you are right to feel guilt.

Fiona 3:34 pm 26 Aug 08

I’ve been having trouble venturing out into Garema to visit redpath or landspeed. *sigh* with so many other shops indoors, and jb hifi no longer out there, there’s little motivation.

oh and no starbucks to browse the bookcrossing shelf at either

Spitfire3 3:17 pm 26 Aug 08

You may as well have burned the store to the ground. Ingrate.

;-P

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