These are a pair of Scott’s work shoes from when he used to work hard.
Instead of being covered with paint, which was Scott’s income when public school teaching became intolerable,one of these shoes has residue from floor tile adhesive on one toe.
Not fussy about work shoes, the adhesive has been there a few years.
The issue is wearing these when I go to public historical places like the Zona Colonial. In historical places there are shoe shine men and kids who want to clean this pair of shoes on sight, Before I see them they have swooped down and are fiddling with my shoes even though I raise my hands and insist that I and my shoes are perfectly happy to be left alone.
Part of travel is using precautions. Make a copy of your Passport to show to people in lieu of the real thing. Don’t wear flashy jewelry. Don’t tell strangers where you live. Don’t drink water, except bottled. Go in groups at night. Don’t do things abroad you wouldn’t do at home. Get all your shots. Use sunscreen. Use local currency. Don’t insert yourself into police business or arguments between men and women.
My newest precaution, before traveling again, is going to be to clean this adhesive off my shoe.
I hate to tell people no when shining shoes is their livelihood.