—I did go ahead and make a formal inquiry to Levi Strauss media relations about the arcuate stitching on those 505s I bought. It's been almost a week and I haven't gotten a response yet, so either they don't check that email address frequently or my request wasn't taken seriously.
—Even though it was cold out this morning, it's very much a springlike day, so I decided to wear my faithful L.L. Bean blucher mocs for the first time this year. I love these shoes, but I'd forgotten how lousy the laces are at staying tied. They are some sort of textile that is colored to look like rawhide, but I can't help thinking that I would be better off if I just switched to real rawhide laces.