In recent months I started replacing all the old shorts that I'd worn to the gym for years and years. Earlier this year, J.C. Penney stocked several colors of Adidas soccer shorts as part of a World Cup promotion; I liked them a lot, but they were expensive at $20/pair, and thus I bought my first pair, in cobalt blue, only after they went on sale for $15 each. Eventually, after they went on clearance, I decided to buy all four colors that Penney's had (cobalt blue, navy, red, and black), paying only $10 for the last pair.
But that wasn't enough -- I wanted more colors! An Internet search revealed that the design of Adidas short in question had a name, "Toque," but not too many places still had them in non-standard colors. I had planned to ask for the additional colors as Christmas presents, but then my new boss gave all of her subordinates gift cards for Amazon.com as bonuses. It hadn't occurred to me to look for Adidas shorts on Amazon.com, but a co-worker mentioned that one can buy almost anything there these days -- and it turned out that Amazon.com had a greater selection of "Toque" shorts than any other online seller I'd found. So I used my gift card, and a little more, to buy three more pairs (in forest green, maroon, and orange [see illustration]), jumping the gun on Christmas a little. (Dorine says I'm extremely difficult to buy Christmas gifts for, since I generally just go out and buy the things I want most for myself, without waiting for the holidays; however, that wouldn't have been the case in this instance but for the gift card that literally fell into my lap.)
(By the way, I know I'm not the only one in the world who likes the "Toque" shorts: when we were in Mexico last summer, my son-in-law Easton's brother Stuart was wearing a pair of red "Toques.")
[Update 1/4/2012: I've finally ended up with ten pairs of "Toque" shorts (cobalt blue, black, red, navy, maroon, green, orange, purple, white, and yellow) to go with three additional pairs of Adidas shorts (gray, Argentina blue, and the current Mexico "away" shorts in black, red, and gold) in other styles. Anyone know where I can get a pair of brown Adidas soccer shorts, size XL?]
[Update 7/1/12: Here's a photo of all my Adidas shorts (except my black-and-red "Mexico" shorts -- think I'm obsessed?]
|Note the puke-green pair -- often suits my mood|