One thing I don’t lack is books. One thing I DO lack is space. I was recently forced — by my overflowing bookshelf — to start placing books on my precious desk surface area. Since some of my books are large format art books it was next to impossible to keep them from falling over. What I needed was some book-ends.
I first tried using an old Buddha statue and my lava lamp ( my folks were hippies) however as soon as my books started to tip everything just slid off my desk onto the floor. Poor Buddha sustained minor injuries. What I needed was something that will stick to the surface of the desk while being tall and sturdy. That’s when I came up with the bright idea of using something with a ready-made sole. Of course a pair of shoes ended up being the perfect solution to my problem. I found my old pair of Chuck Taylor high-tops and gave them a new job. The Chucks were perfect because of their height and the famous waffle-iron sole. No book could push them off the desk once I filled them with rocks. Also they look cool.