Over the last 15+ years, I’ve only owned one pair of tennis shoes. My mom got me a pair of Converse for Christmas about five or six years ago, and my feet rejoiced at a break from four inch heels. It was a short lived phase, mostly because I’ve never found sneakers that I liked. They always look so… lazy. The sneaker craze is enormous in the U.S., and I never quite understood why. Despite my thinking that it is perfectly acceptable to spend a month’s rent on a pair of heels, I never understood how someone could throw down $100+ on a pair of Nikes. An old friend of mine in New York collects Nikes. He has literally hundreds of pairs, and I remember staring in confusion at his floor to ceiling wall of orange boxes.
Aren’t sneakers meant to get filthy? To run around in mud or paint your house in? Aren’t they the dress down shoe? I am convinced they are, or upscale venues would allow them in their dress codes. The Converse that I mentioned earlier are now covered in paint and have been buried in a dark recess of my closet due to inactivity. Can they actually be considered a fashion statement, other than going to the gym? Or should I just file them away in all those other fashion trends that I’ll never understand?
Don’t get me wrong – I get that there are many, many folks out there that don’t get the wear all black, all day, every day thing I’ve got going on (I do throw in gray from time to time, but you get the idea). I understand that there are people out there that prefer comfort over aesthetics, and that there are even people out there that think sneakers DO look good. I no longer wear 4 inchers every day, in fact, I can barely even walk in them anymore. More often than not, I wear my Frye Veronica boots, since they look great with almost anything, and I never had any unfortunate break-them-in time. I also have a collection of flats that have served my comfort zone well, so I’m left with an overwhelming feeling of WHY WOULD YOU WEAR THAT?!
Yes, yes… Different strokes for different folks, and all that. Maybe some of you could explain it to me, or, better yet, what fashion trends, genres, and items boggle your minds?
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